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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Update UH325 Jay Bruce Rookie Card 212x300 Image

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 212x300 Image

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2011 Bowman Orange Lot of 5 Jay Bruce Clay Buchholz Cliff Lee All #'d 250 B4049
$16.97
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JAY BRUCE Reds 2006 Just Limited GOLD auto rookie #16 50 BGS BCCG 10 MINT !!
$37.95
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JAY BRUCE Reds 2005 Bowman Heritage SOG auto rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT HTF!!
$74.95
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JAY BRUCE Reds 2005 Bowman Draft Chrome rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT !!
$14.95
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JAY BRUCE Reds 2005 Bowman Draft rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT !!
$9.95
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JAY BRUCE Reds 2007 Bowman DP Refractor rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT
$14.95
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JAY BRUCE Reds 2005 Bowman GOLD Draft rookie graded BGS BCCG 10 MINT !!
$17.95
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2005 BOWMAN STERLING - JAY BRUCE JERSEY AUTO RC #BS-JB
$40.00
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2008 Bowman Sterling #JABa Jay Bruce (RC)
$7.50
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2008 Bowman Sterling Refractor #JABa Jay Bruce RC 80 199
$8.50
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JAY BRUCE 2005 Topps Bonus ROOKIE Card #5 GRADED BGS Mint 9 Cincinnati Reds RC
$60.00
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JAY BRUCE 2014 PANINI DONRUSS SIGNATURES CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
$12.55
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2006 BOWMAN SIGNS OF THE FUTURE - JAY BRUCE AUTO RC #SOF-JB
$27.76
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2012 PANINI PRIZM BASEBALL GOLD PRIZM JAY BRUCE #87 05 10
$24.99
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Jay Bruce Relic 1 1 Museum Collection Jumbo Lumber
$75.00
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JAY BRUCE 2005 Topps Update #UH325 BGS GEM MINT 9.5 RC
$14.99
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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

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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 Jersey

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Jay Bruce Signed Bat

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Jay Bruce Signed Photograph

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JAY BRUCE REDS SIGNED AUTOGRAPH SWEET SPOT BASEBALL TRISTAR PSA DNA V62155
$70.00
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Jay Bruce Signed Autograph MLB Official Major League Baseball Tristar Authentic
$21.99
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Jay Bruce Signed MLB PSA DNA Rookie Baseball Cincinnati Reds "Reds 2005 #1 Pick"
$129.99
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Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds Signed Rawlings Big Stick Bat JSA
$174.99
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JAY BRUCE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CINCINNATI REDS BASEBALL JAMES SPENCE JSA
$49.99
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JAY BRUCE CINCINNATI REDS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA #H80018
$59.96
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JAY BRUCE SIGNED #32 CINCINNATI REDS JERSEY LICENSED JSA COA
$199.99
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JAY BRUCE AUTHENTIC SIGNED AUTO MLB BASEBALL TRISTAR COA
$9.99
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JAY BRUCE (Cincinnati Reds) signed 2012 All-Star baseball w PSA COA
$29.95
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JAY BRUCE (Cincinnati Reds) signed 2012 All-Star baseball w PSA COA
$59.95
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Jay Bruce Autographed, Signed ML Baseball Cincinnati Reds Authenticated By JSA
$59.99
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JAY BRUCE (Cincinnati Reds) signed baseball w PSA DNA COA
$74.95
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JAY BRUCE Rare Quad Signed '06 MLB Baseball TRAVIS WOOD Auto PSA DNA Autograph
$147.95
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JAY BRUCE Signed MLB Baseball Nickname THE BOSS Auto PSA DNA Certified Autograph
$136.95
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JAY BRUCE #34 #1 DP 05 REDS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #K52634
$89.99
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Reds Jay Bruce Signed Major League Baseball JSA Cert
$70.00
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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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