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 Image

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 The posed portrait has a bat on the budding star's shoulder and some heavily outdated red Franklin batting gloves on.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 Image

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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1993 Stadium Club #8 Jim THOME - PSA 9+++ RARE
$9.99
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2005 Topps #25 Jim THOME - PSA 10+++ low pop
$14.99
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JIM THOME 2006 UPPER DECK SPECIAL F X "RED" #563 ,GEM MINT 9.5 BY BECKETT
$18.75
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JIM THOME 2001 01 SP GAME BAT EDITION GAME USED BAT SP
$14.99
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2003 UPPER DECK SWEET SPOT JIM THOME GAME-USED JERSEY
$9.99
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2003 Topps Gallery JIM THOME Phillies GAME-USED BAT
$22.00
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2001 SP GAME BAT JIM THOME MILESTONE EDITION BAT RELIC
$9.99
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1991 Upper Deck UD Final Ed #17F Jim Thome PSA 8 NM-MT
$9.95
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2005 UPPER DECK JIM THOME GAME-USED JERSEY MILESTONE
$12.99
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JIM THOME INDIANS GAMEWORN JERSEY 2002 TOPPS 206 FRAMED BASEBALL CRD #TR-JT
$10.40
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2005 Topps Chrome Jim Thome #50
$19.99
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1990 Procards Minor League Baseball Jim Thome Graded PSA 9 Rare Variation Color
$45.00
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PSA 9 MINT 1991 BOWMAN JIM THOME #68 ROOKIE
$11.99
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Jim Thome (6) Card Lot Game Used Jersey and Bat +4 Phillies, White Sox, Indians
$9.99
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1992 Donruss Rated Rookie Jim Thome (RC) (Future HOFer) BGS 9
$8.00
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1992 Donruss Rated Rookie Jim Thome (RC) (Future HOFer) BGS 8.5
$6.95
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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

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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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1998 Pinnacle Plus Signed Autographed JIM THOME Baseball Card #89 PSA DNA
$90.00
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JIM THOME WHITE SOX PHILLIES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB PSA DNA COA #W38780
$169.99
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Jim Thome Cleveland Indians Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Framed
$199.99
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Jim Thome Signed AUTOGRAPH Official OLMB Baseball PSA DNA W29903
$139.99
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JIM THOME SIGNED RAWLINGS BASEBALL SWEETSPOT INDIANS 500 HRS HOF? PSA
$24.99
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JIM THOME SIGNED RAWLINGS BIG STICK BASEBALL BAT PHILLIES JSA
$149.99
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JIM THOME SIGNED JSA 1995 WORLD SERIES BASEBALL CERTED AUTOGRAPH
$184.00
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JIM THOME INDIANS,PHILLIES,HOF JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO
$175.00
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Jim Thome Autographed Signed 1998 All Star Baseball PSA DNA #V55113
$199.00
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JIM THOME Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA Authenticated - Rare Auto!
$169.00
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JIM THOME PSA DNA SIGNED AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
$134.00
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JIM THOME PSA DNA SIGNED AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
$138.00
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JIM THOME & RICHIE SEXSON DUAL SIGNED VINTAGE ROALB BALL CLEVELAND INDIANS JSA
$115.00
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Roberto Alomar Game Used & Signed Bat PSA DNA 1B05403 (Jim Thome)
$899.00
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JIM THOME WHITESOX,HOF TRISTAR HAND SIGNED JERSEY
$350.00
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JIM THOME CLEVELAND INDIANS,PHILLIES,HOF JSA COA SIGNED CARD
$85.00
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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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