Jay Bruce Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Jay Bruce Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Overview

Since debuting with the Reds in 2008, Jay Bruce has been one of the anchors of the Cincinnati offense. He's also one of the key pieces in taking the Reds from the seemingly underdog over-achievers they were in 2010 to perennial contenders. Jay Bruce cards and memorabilia enjoy modest success in the hobby. While he's not mentioned along the likes of Derek Jeter or Mike Trout, Bruce is still popular.

Jay Bruce rookie cards are found in a handful of 2005 Topps products. There's a broad range in prices, though none are completely out of reach. Autographs are available in both Topps Chrome Update and Bowman Sterling, which also includes a jersey swatch. Bruce has autographs in Bowman Heritage as well, but they're inserts and are not widely considered rookie cards.

For those looking for a less expensive option, both the 2005 Bowman Draft and Topps Update cards are an option. Although it's an insert and not a true rookie card, collectors may want to consider tracking down a Draft Picks card that was included in Topps factory sets. Given that these sets are not widely opened or broken apart, it makes the card less common on the secondary market.

Bruce signs somewhat regularly for trading card sets. Other popular autograph options include signed baseballs, photos and jerseys.

Jay Bruce Rookie Cards

2005 Bowman Draft Jay Bruce RC #BDP32

Bruce is pictured with a waist-up shot of Bruce resting a bat on his shoulder, looking off into the distance with his best thinking-man face. Parallels include Gold, White (#/225), Printing Plates, Red (1/1).

2005 Bowman Draft Jay Bruce Rookie Card

2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Jay Bruce RC #BCDP32

Like most Chrome cards, this chromium version is more desirable than the base Bowman Draft version. Even then, this card is affordable. More valuable are the Refractor versions, which come in several colors and rarities.

2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Jay Bruce Rookie Card

2005 Bowman Heritage Jay Bruce RC #343 SP

The regular version of the card features a stylized shot that is the same as the one used in Bowman Draft. A variation has the outfielder posed in a batting stance. Bruce also has an autographed Signs of Greatness insert.

2005 Bowman Heritage 343 Jay Bruce Rookie Card

2005 Bowman Sterling Jay Bruce RC #JB Autographed Jersey

This is the only Jay Bruce rookie card to feature both an autograph and a jersey swatch. It is one of his best cards. Like other Bowman sets, Refractor parallels are also available.

2005 Bowman Sterling Jay Bruce

2005 Topps Updates and Highlights Jay Bruce  RC #UH325

Another card for collectors looking for a budget rookie card option, the 2005 Topps Update Jay Bruce benefits greatly from being a part of the flagship set where it will likely be recycled in future Topps sets and materials.

2005 Topps Updates and Highlights UH325 Jay Bruce Rookie Card

2005 Topps Chrome Update Jay Bruce RC #UH222 Autograph

The combination of an autograph and the long-standing popularity of the Topps Chrome brand make this the most iconic Jay Bruce rookie card. While the large sticker that holds the signature doesn't fit the card's design very well, it's still one of the most popular choices among collectors.

2005 Topps Chrome Update Jay Bruce Autograph Rookie Card

Top eBay Listings

2013 TRIPLE THREADS JAY BRUCE UNITY AUTO JUMBO RELIC CARD 4 75 REDS
$19.00

2012 TOPPS TRIBUTE JAY BRUCE AUTO GOLD 13 15
$39.00

Jay Bruce 2014 Topps Series 2 Baseball #124 SP Photo Variation-Cincinnati Reds
$5.39

Lot of 5, 2012 -13 Topps Jay Bruce Inserts With #ed, Refractos & Xfractors
$6.99

Jay Bruce 2014 Panini Immaculate Hitters #'d 97 99 Patch
$14.99

PSA 9 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks #32 Jay Bruce RC Reds G0107
$6.98

JAY BRUCE 2009 TOPPS TICKET TO STARDOM AUTO BAT # 08 10
$25.00

Jay Bruce 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft RC Refractor BGS 9.5 Gem Mint - #BDP32 - REDS
$48.99

Ken Griffey JR. Jay Bruce (REDS)2013 Tier One AUTO MEMROBILIA BOOKLET #10of10!!!
$399.99

2007 Bowman Chrome "Refractor" JAY BRUCE (RC)
$11.99

2005 Topps Update #UH325 Jay Bruce RC Signed Autograph Card Reds COA
$24.99

2008 eTopps Jay Bruce RC in Hand # 240 1499
$7.00

JAY BRUCE 2005 BOWMAN AUTOGRAPH AUTO JERSEY ROOKIE RC Graded BGS 9.5 GEM MINT !!
$49.97

JAY BRUCE 2012 Museum Collection QUAD RELIC GOLD PATCH 25 Topps Reds Jersey
$29.99

2005 bowman chrome jay bruce lot of 5 GEM MINT CARDS rookie
$14.46

2014 Museum Collection Rare Momentous Material 6 10 Jay Bruce Cin. Reds
$10.00
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Autograph Guide

Jay Bruce Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what an authentic Jay Bruce signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Jay Bruce Cut Signature Exemplar

Jay Bruce Signature Exemplar

Jay Bruce Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jay Bruce signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. Entire signature is quickly written with ust two letters, his initials, "J" and "B."
  2. The "J" looks like a number "4."
  3. The pen lifts for the letter "B" which includes a vertical line, leaning slightly to the left, a narrow upper loop, not closed, a wide lower loop, also not closed, with a circular flair extending through the bottom loop.
  4. His jersey number "32" is usually included on the left-hand side.

Jay Bruce Signed Baseballs

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Jay Bruce signed Baseball

Jay Bruce Signed Jersey

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Jay Bruce signed Jersey

Jay Bruce Signed Bat

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Jay Bruce signed Bat

Jay Bruce Signed Photograph

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Jay Bruce signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

JAY BRUCE CINCINNATI REDS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA #H80018
$59.96

JAY BRUCE SIGNED #32 CINCINNATI REDS JERSEY LICENSED JSA COA
$159.99

2005 Bowman Draft Jay Bruce Signed Rookie Card BGS 9 JSA 10 Auto RC
$99.00

Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds Signed Rawlings Big Stick Bat JSA
$174.99

Jay Bruce Autographed, Signed ML Baseball Cincinnati Reds Authenticated By JSA
$59.99

JAY BRUCE (Cincinnati Reds) signed baseball w PSA DNA COA
$74.95

Jay Bruce Signed Autographed White Cincinnati Reds Size Large Jsa Coa
$75.00

JAY BRUCE Rare Quad Signed '06 MLB Baseball TRAVIS WOOD Auto PSA DNA Autograph
$112.44

JAY BRUCE Signed MLB Baseball Nickname THE BOSS Auto PSA DNA Certified Autograph
$104.08

2005 Justifiable Jay Bruce Rookie Signed Card #12 PSA DNA Auto Slabbed
$24.99

Jsa Certified 2006 Dayton Dragons Signed Game Used Line Up Card (Jay Bruce)
$149.99

Jsa Certified 2006 Dayton Dragons Signed Game Used Line Up Card (Jay Bruce)
$149.99

JAY BRUCE #34 #1 DP 05 REDS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #K52634
$89.99

Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds signed OML baseball PROOF JSA COA
$39.99

Reds Jay Bruce Signed Major League Baseball JSA Cert
$70.00

Tristar Authenticated Cincinnati Reds Jay Bruce Signed Ball
$19.99
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Ryan Cracknell

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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