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 Kahns Wieners Jerry West 248x300 Image

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 209x300 Image

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 210x300 Image

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Jerry West #164 1972-73 Topps (Los Angeles Lakers)
$12.00
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1970-71 Topps #107 Jerry West AS Lakers NM MT
$17.99
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1970-71 Topps #171 Championship Game 4 Jerry West b NM MT
$24.99
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1970-71 Topps #171 Championship Game 4 Jerry West c EX NM+
$11.99
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1970 Topps Scoring Leaders #1 Lew Alcindor Jerry West Elvin Hayes -Centered NRMT
$19.95
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2011-12 PANINI PAST & PRESENT RARE SP VARIATION JERRY WEST LOS ANGELES LAKERS
$10.99
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3902* 1972-73 Topps # 75 Jerry West NM-MT
$18.00
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2012-13 PANINI FLAWLESS SIGNATURE AUTO PLATINUM JERRY WEST #1 1 TRUE ONE OF ONE
$395.95
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2013-14 SPECTRA BASKETBALL AUTO JERSEY PRIME JERRY WEST #6 10
$249.95
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1971-72 TOPPS #107 JERRY WEST NM OV0691
$19.99
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1972-73 TOPPS #164 JERRY WEST ALL-STAR W WILT CHAMBERLAIN
$9.00
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1971-72 TOPPS #1 LEW ALCONDOR JERRY WEST ELVIN HAYES
$9.00
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1970 71 Topps Basketball Playoff Game #4 (Jerry West) (#171) PSA6
$13.95
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Jerry West Limited 11-12 Legend 126 091 299
$5.39
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1970-71 JERRY WEST & JOHN HAVLICEK- VINTAGE TOPPS CARDS #107 & 112 - AS PICTURED
$8.95
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1970 TOPPS #160 JERRY WEST LAKERS HOF PSA 7 K1815811-684
$38.99
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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 Image

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.

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Jerry West Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Jerry West LOS ANGELES LAKERS Signed Full Size Basketball PSA DNA COA
$199.99
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JERRY WEST AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED LA LOS ANGELES LAKERS #44 BASKETBALL JERSEY JSA
$199.00
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JERRY WEST AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED LOS ANGELES LAKERS #44 BLUE THROWBACK JERSEY JSA
$199.00
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Jerry West Signed Autographed Lakers Vintage Jersey w HOF JSA Authentic
$194.99
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JERRY WEST SIGNED PSA DNA 2010 UPPER DECK AUTOGRAPH
$46.00
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JERRY WEST SIGNED PSA DNA 2011 UPPER DECK AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$46.00
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Jerry West Signed Los Angeles Lakers Jersey JSA COA
$399.00
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JERRY WEST SIGNED LOS ANGELES LAKERS 8X10 PHOTO JSA WITNESSED PROTECTION
$150.00
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Jerry West Lakers Signed Auto 16x20 Photo PSA DNA C21071
$99.99
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Jerry West Signed Los Angeles Lakers Auth Jersey PSA
$494.99
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Jerry West Signed Los Angeles Lakers Auth Jersey PSA
$494.99
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Jerry West & Other Autographed Signed Magazine Page Photo Lakers PSA DNA #V57467
$49.00
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Jerry West & Hawkins Autographed Signed Magazine Page Photo PSA DNA #V57462
$49.00
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JERRY WEST SIGNED 1993 ACTION PACKED BASKETBALL CARD JSA STAMP
$29.99
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Jerry West & Sam Jones DUAL SIGNED 11x14 Photo + HOF PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$165.00
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Jerry West Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo JSA Certified J12642 Lakers
$49.99
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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. As an adult, 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.

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