Jerry West Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Jerry West

Date of Birth: 5/28/1938
Rookie Card Year: 1961-62
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

"The Logo." "Mr. Clutch." "Mr. Outside." "Zeke from Cabin Creek." These were the nicknames bestowed on Jerry West. He ended his NBA career as one of the most decorated players in league history, and has continued to enjoy basketball success in his retirement. Despite his many achievements, Jerry West cards and autographs will not break the bank and remain a popular collectible.

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Following his college career at West Virginia, Jerry West was the second overall pick in the 1960 NBA draft and was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers. The team would relocate to Los Angeles before the beginning of the 1960-61 season. West spent his entire career with the Lakers and retired in 1974 after a 14-year career. He was named an NBA All-Star in each of his 14 seasons, and helped the Lakers win the 1972 NBA title. Despite being on the losing side versus Bill Russell and the Celtics, Jerry West was still named the 1969 Finals MVP. Accolades continued to find West in retirement, and he was named to the 35th and 50th NBA Anniversary teams and inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

After retiring, Jerry West remained involved in the game as coach for the Lakers, and later as the general manager for the Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies.

As impressive as his basketball career, Jerry West's cardboard career is much more limited. Outside of 1961-62 Fleer, much of the decade is lost for Jerry West collectors. Kahn's Wieners, which produced sets including West for several years, was the only other option until Topps came along at the end of the 1960s. From there, West was featured in Topps products during the first few years of the 1970s, until he retired. Renewed interest in the former greats brought Jerry West back into major basketball releases starting in 1991-92 products. Autograph cards remain in good supply and can generally be found for reasonable prices.

Jerry West Rookie Cards

1960-61 Kahn's Wieners Jerry West

The very first professional card for Jerry West, 1960-61 Kahn's Wieners were a regional release that came with Kahn's food packages. The only Laker in the set, the rest of the cards featured members of the Cincinnati Royals, including Oscar Robertson.

1960-61 Kahn's Wieners Jerry West

1961-62 Fleer Jerry West RC #43

As one of the top vintage basketball sets in history, 1961-62 Fleer features a handful of top players, including the rookie card for Jerry West. Yellow and orange work well, but the purple in the Lakers logo does clash a bit. These pricey cards are tough to find in mint condition and even low grades can command solid amounts.

1961-62 Fleer Jerry West RC #43

1961-62 Fleer Jerry West #66

A cheaper alternative to his official rookie card, the "In Action" subset offers an actual game image. Although titled "Jerry West Snags a Rebound," the image choice seems questionable since it is not all that clear who the player in the background is and #33 is Hot Rod Hundley.

1961-62 Fleer Jerry West #66

Top eBay Listings

PSA 4 1961 Fleer Basketball Jerry West In Action # 66
$79.99

2014-15 Jerry West Panini Select Auto LA Lakers #49 60
$5.00

2014-15 PANINI TOTALLY CERTIFIED COMPETITOR #C-JW JERRY WEST AUTOGRAPH #D 21 25
$49.99

UPPER DECK BASKETBALL HEROES SETS JERRY WEST WILT CHAMBERLAIN LARRY BIRD
$25.00

2014-15 PANINI PRIZM #211 JERRY WEST "BLUE WHITE GREEN" REFRACTOR LAKERS, 120714
$7.96

1973 Topps 100 Jerry West AS1 EX-MT #D128840
$13.25

1973 Topps 100 Jerry West AS1 EX-MT #D128841
$13.25

70-71 Lew Alcindor, Jerry West, Elvin Hayes Scoring Leaders #1
$5.00

1972-73 TOPPS PROOF JERRY WEST AS HOF CARD# 164 ASA 8PQ-Mt
$99.99

1996 Topps Stars Finest Atomic Refractors #48 Jerry West
$24.00

15-16 National Treasures Jerry West Signatures Auto # 25!
$18.50

1971 TOPPS TRIOS STICKERS JERRY WEST 31 - W. REED 32 - C. WALKER 33 EX MT (002)
$17.50

MICHAEL JORDAN (2) 1992-93 UPPER DECK JERRY WEST SELECTS (BV=$20!) JW4
$5.25

1970 Topps #107 Jerry West AS NM A901509
$20.61

1970 Topps #160 Jerry West EX+ M900974
$18.91

2011 UD All Time Greats Gold Spectrum Jerry West 5
$39.99
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Autograph Guide

Jerry West Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jerry West's authentic 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. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories, to name a few.

Jerry West Cut Signature Exemplar

Jerry West Cut Signature

Jerry West Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jerry West signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. With such a simple name, Jerry West's signature is not all that clear.
  2. The "J" looks more like a cursive "A" and finishes with a clear "e-r-r."
  3. The "y' features a limited downward motion and immediately transitions into line away from the signature.
  4. The last name begins with a "W" that appears more like a "T" or number one.
  5. The last name is more jumbled, as the "e-s" is merged together and the "t" looks like more a squiggle.

Jerry West Signed Basketball Pricing:

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Jerry West Signed Jersey

Jerry West Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Jerry West Signed Photograph

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Jerry West Autographed Signed 1991 UD Jerry West Heroes Card PSA DNA #83339894
$59.00

Jerry West Autographed Signed 1991 UD Jerry West Heroes Card PSA DNA #83339880
$59.00

Jerry West Autographed Signed 1991 UD Jerry West Heroes Card PSA DNA #83339890
$59.00

Jerry West Autographed Signed 1991 UD Jerry West Heroes Card PSA DNA #83339903
$59.00

Jerry West Autographed Signed 1991 UD Jerry West Heroes Card PSA DNA #83339905
$59.00

Jerry West Autographed Signed 1991 UD Jerry West Heroes Card PSA DNA #83339882
$59.00

Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers Signed Custom Jersey With JSA COA
$149.99

JERRY WEST (L.A. Lakers) Signed 8 x10 PHOTO with PSA COA
$59.95

JERRY WEST (L.A. Lakers) Signed 8 x10 All-Star PHOTO w PSA COA
$59.95

Jerry West Autographed Signed Magazine Page Photo Lakers PSA DNA #S46894
$49.00

1993 ACTION PACKED #2 JERRY WEST SIGNED BASKETBALL CARD JSA L10574 BEAUTY!
$24.99

1993 ACTION PACKED #77 JERRY WEST SIGNED CARD JSA BASIC STICKER ON BACK
$24.99

Jerry West Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Display JSA Lakers
$99.99

UPPER DECK AUTHENTICATED (UDA) JERRY WEST AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8 X 10 PHOTO
$69.99

Jerry West HOF 1980-2010 Signed Spalding Indoor Outdoor Basketball (PSA DNA)
$149.99

Jerry West Hand Signed Autographed Blazers Warriors Ticket April 1,1997 PSA 7
$79.99
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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