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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1970-71 TOPPS #1 LEW ALCINDOR JERRY WEST ELVIN HAYES EX OV0711
$14.99
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Ultimate 07 08 Signatures Jerry WEST 20
$60.00
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1970 TOPPS #171 JERRY WEST PSA 8 K1781625-499
$29.99
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1973 TOPPS #100 JERRY WEST LAKERS HOF PSA 8 K1700266-381
$23.99
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1992-93 Upper Deck Jerry West Select Michael Jordan #JW8 NRMT Bulls
$5.99
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2009-10 Limited Decade Dominanace Silver Spotlight Jerry West 25 LAKERS
$11.99
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2012-13 Panini National Treasures Quad Auto Oscar Robertson Jerry West Monroe 5
$999.99
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Jerry West 1961 Fleer #66 Lakers
$60.00
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Jerry West LA Lakers rare ex condition vintage basketball card 1969
$95.00
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2013-14 National Treasures Jerry West Card#30 Black Printing Plate 1 1 LAKERS
$8.00
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JERRY WEST 2012-13 ELITE PRIME NUMBERS GOLD 24 BGS GEM MINT 9.5 LAKERS
$20.00
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1970-71 Topps #160 Jerry West-Los Angeles Lakers-vg
$15.00
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5-1970-71 Topps Basketball Cards(LEW ALCINDOR JERRY WEST ELVIN HAYES N. THURMOND
$31.99
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1992-93 Upper Deck Jerry West Selects #JW7 Magic Johnson Most Inspirational
$7.00
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1992-93 Upper Deck Jerry West Selects #JW8A Michael Jordan Best All-Around
$7.00
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1981 TCMA Basketball Card #32 JERRY WEST Los Angeles Lakers
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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.

Jerry West Signed Basketball Pricing:

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Jerry West Signed Photograph Pricing:

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JERRY WEST SIGNED 1993 ACTION PACKED BASKETBALL CARD JSA STAMP
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JERRY WEST LAKERS,WVU,HOF JSA COA SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO
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Jerry West AUTO Signed Lakers Mitchell & Ness Gold Jersey (PSA) proof
$299.99
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JERRY WEST JSA CERTED SIGNED 1991 FDC AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
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Jerry West Signed NBA LOGO w Inscr 16x20 Photo PSA DNA
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Jerry West LAKERS Signed NBA LOGO 16x20 Photo PSA DNA
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Jerry West Hand Signed Autographed Blazers Warriors Ticket April 1,1997 PSA 8
$109.99
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Jerry West Hand Signed Autographed Blazers Warriors Ticket April 1,1997 PSA 7
$99.99
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Jerry West Hand Signed Autographed Blazers Warriors Ticket April 1,1997 PSA 6
$89.99
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Jerry West Hand Signed Autographed 16x20 Photograph Wiping Head on Towel PSA DNA
$80.99
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Jerry West Hand Signed Autographed 6"x6" Game Used Forum Floorboard PSA DNA 7270
$239.99
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Jerry West Hand Signed Autographed 6"x6" Game Used Forum Floorboard PSA DNA 7267
$259.99
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Jerry West Signed Autographed White #4 Jersey #4 Only Los Angeles Lakers PSA
$80.99
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Jerry West Signed Framed Sports Illustrated Cover 8x10 Photo Lakers Auto UDA
$129.99
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Jerry West Walt Frazier Signed Sports Illustrated 05 07 1973 JSA Auto
$74.99
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Jerry West Signed Autographed Lakers Vintage Jersey w HOF JSA Authentic
$194.99
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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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