Jim Thome Cards, Rookie Card Checklist, Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Jim Thome Cards, Rookie Card Checklist, Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Overview

Well respected among his peers and baseball fans, Jim Thome is one of modern sports' good guys. He's also one of the game's all-time great power hitters. Despite this, Thome has also avoided much of the baseball spotlight, smashing long balls under the radar for nearly two decades. Thome joined the 500 Home Run Club in 2007. Despite this fact, Jim Thome cards and collectibles have remained relatively affordable.

Drafted in the 13th round of the 1989 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians, Thome made his Major League debut two years later at the end of 1991. He emerged as a star in 1994, breaking the 20-home run plateau for the first time. From there Thome's numbers continued to rise, going up to 25 homers in 1995 and 38 in 1996. For his career, the slugger has hit 30 or more long balls in a season 12 times including a career high of 52 in 2002, his last year with the Indians.

Thome has just two rookie cards, both of which hail from the peak period of over production. As a result, they won't send your kids to college. However, they are a bargain when you consider just how good Thome has been over his career. Although not a rookie, many collectors also like the draw of his 1992 Bowman Baseball card, largely due to the popularity of the set.

Having become a member of the 500 Home Run Club, while never being linked to, or even whispered about during the steroid era, still means something to collectors. This has been evidenced by the increase in value of Thome's autograph, as collectors add his name to their multi-signed pieces or look to acquire his single signed items to add to a themed collection.

Jim Thome Rookie Cards

1991 Bowman Jim Thome RC #68

1991 Bowman Baseball Jim Thome Rookie Card

It's too bad that every baseball card set from 1991 was so grossly overproduced because 1991 Bowman has a tremendous rookie crop. Among them is Thome, standing somewhat awkwardly, smirking at the photographer. The posed portrait has a bat on the budding star's shoulder and some heavily outdated red Franklin batting gloves on. Not only printed by the cubic ton, 1991 Bowman Baseball has one of the most boring designs committed to cardboard. This is Thome's only pack-inserted rookie card.

1991 Upper Deck Final Edition Jim Thome RC #17F

1991 Upper Deck Final Edition Baseball Jim Thome Rookie Card

Thome's other rookie card, from 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition, features a strikingly similar photo to its Bowman counterpart. The biggest difference is the fact that Thome's in a full batting stance and his still slightly awkward smile shows some teeth. Judging from the building in the background, the photo looks like it was taken at the same shoot. Upper Deck's design, although similar to 1989 and 1990, was still very strong. 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition was sold only as a set. Today they can be found for just a few dollars, a bargain considering it includes both Thome and the only rookie card of Pedro Martinez.

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JIM THOME 1992 Bowman #460 PSA NM-MT 8
$8.96

JIM THOME 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter's Relic Jersey Chicago White Sox
$5.00

2002 Fleer Platinum Fence Busters #21 Jim Thome 800 - NM-MT
$7.50

2002 Fleer Box Score Amazing Greats Single Swatch #15 Jim Thome Bat Jsy - NM-MT
$11.25

2002 Fleer Genuine Names of the Game Memorabilia #19 Jim Thome Jsy - NM-MT
$11.25

2002 Fleer Platinum Clubhouse Memorabilia #38 Jim Thome Bat 750 - NM-MT
$11.25

Jim THOME Roberto ALOMAR Juan GONZALEZ 2001 SPX WM Triple GAME USED JERSEY Card
$14.99

2004 Sweet Spot Marquee Attractions Jersey #JT Jim Thome Jsy 199
$10.00

2002 SP GAME JERSEY JIM THOME CLEVELAND INDIANS CARD JJT
$15.99

Jim Thome Serial #'d Lot of 6 All Different All Indians B53329
$20.97

BASEBALL CARDS LOT OF 170 JIM THOME
$9.95

2002 Upper Deck Diamond Connection #395 Jim Thome DC Bat 775 - NM-MT
$11.25

1991 UPPER DECK FINAL EDITION JIM THOME ROOKIE BGS PRISTINE 10
$62.00

JIM THOME 1991 Bowman Rookie Card RC BGS BCCG 10 Indians Orioles 600 Plus HRs
$63.99

2001 Fleer maximum game used bat card Jim Thome
$8.99

2002 Upper Deck Ballpark Idols Player's Club JSY Jim Thome #JT Cleveland Indian
$10.95
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Autograph Guide

Jim Thome Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what an authentic Jim Thome 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.

Jim Thome Cut Signature Exemplar

Jim Thome Cut Signature Exemplar

Jim Thome Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Thome signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for, at least some, of the following signature features:

  1. Entire signature is written on an even horizontal plane, particularly when signing on flat objects.
  2. The "J" is defined by the elongated loop to the left.
  3. The pen lifts for the characters implied to be the letters "i-m."
  4. The letter "T" is crossed with an extra long line.
  5. The letter "h" is dramatically written with a fluid curve.
  6. The remaining letters are indistinguishable, for the most part, but present.
  7. Overall the signature is fluid, smooth and quick.

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Jim Thome Signed Index Card Cleveland Indians 612 HRs JSA COA #2
$69.99

Jim Thome Phillies PSA Autograph Auto Signature Signed 8x10 Photo Photograph
$21.50

JIM THOME PHILLIES SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$75.00

JIM THOME INDIANS SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$78.00

JIM THOME SIGNED JSA CERT AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$140.00

JIM THOME CHAD OGEA JSA AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1997 WORLD SERIES FDC AUTOGRAPH
$64.00

Jim Thome Signed Autographed Card PSA DNA Auto
$99.99

JIM THOME SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO CLEVELAND INDIANS JSA COA
$125.00

Jim Thome Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Indians PSA DNA #Q97083
$69.00

WHITE SOX JIM THOME SIGNED AUTHENTIC 11X14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U70901
$84.99

Jim Thome Signed OML Baseball PSA DNA 600 HR Club Indians
$139.95

Jim Thome Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Indians PSA DNA #T14885
$149.00

Jim Thome Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Indians PSA DNA #T14992
$149.00

Jim Thome Signed Rawlings Big Stick Baseball BAT JSA
$354.99

Jim Thome Signed Rawlings BLACK Big Stick Baseball BAT JSA
$354.99

JIM THOME SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$76.00
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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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