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

2015-16 National Treasures Jerry West Greats Auto (63 99)
$18.05

2015-16 National Treasures Jerry West Greats Auto (84 99)
$18.05

2015-16 National Treasures Jerry West Greats Auto (94 99)
$18.05

2015-16 National Treasures Jerry West Greats Auto (48 99)
$18.05

1999 Upper Deck Lakers Legend Jerry West Autograph Card Inkredible
$23.05

1971-72 Topps Basketball #50 Jerry West HOF
$8.50

2015-16 National Treasures Jerry West Hometown Heroes On Card Auto SP (19 25)
$26.00

1999-00 Upper Deck Retro Inkredible Autograph Auto #JW Jerry West
$23.73

2015 Goodwin Champions Goudey Memorabilia Jerry West memorabilia
$5.99

1970 Topps #107 All-Star - Jerry West EX U2275
$23.00

2010 Leaf Sports Icons MAGIC JOHNSON JERRY WEST Dual Auto Card #d 10
$174.99

1971 Topps #50 Jerry West PSA 7 L951
$135.00

Autographed Jerry West Lakers Basketball Slabbed Card Item#6365139
$199.99

2013-14 Panini Flawless JERRY WEST GOLD ON CARD AUTO AUTOGRAPH SP #2 10 LAKERS!
$99.99

1999 Jerry West UD Retro Inkredible PSA 10 023
$129.99

Jerry West HOF 1972 Topps 1st All-Star Team FGS 9.5
$250.00
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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.

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Jerry West Signed Basketball

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Jerry West Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Jerry West Signed Photograph

Top eBay Listings

Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers 2009 Panini Prestige Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$44.99

JERRY WEST signed autographed Lakers blue Jersey JSA Witness #WP118714
$49.00

JERRY WEST SIGNED 8X10 B&W PHOTO NBA HALL OF FAME LAKERS AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$79.99

Jerry West Signed 10x12 Sports Illustrated Print Autograph UDA COA Lakers HOF
$78.23

Jerry West HOF Lakers Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA AUTO Autograph
$26.55

Jerry West Signed Custom Blue Pro-Style Basketball Jersey JSA
$169.00

Jerry West Signed Custom Purple Pro-Style Basketball Jersey JSA
$169.00

Jerry West Signed Custom Gold Pro-Style Basketball Jersey JSA
$169.00

Magic Johnson Jerry West Autographed Signed Los Angeles Lakers 16x20 Photo PSA
$199.99

JERRY WEST AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS #44 WHITE JERSEY JSA
$249.99

JERRY WEST AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS #44 BLUE JERSEY JSA
$249.99

Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers 2008 Bowman Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$44.99

JERRY WEST+BILL SHARMAN HAND SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO RARE POSE WITH WILT JSA
$99.00

Jerry West Autographed Signed Basketball Los Angeles Lakers JSA
$26.99

Jerry West Signed Spalding NBA Ball JSA Certified Hof Lakers
$109.99

Jerry West Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Lakers PSA DNA #S28419
$79.00
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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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