Rookie Card Year: 1965
Investment Rating: 5.0 (Average)
As part of the famous Big Red Machine of the 1970s, Joe Morgan cards and autographed memorabilia remain staples in the hobby. His longtime career in broadcasting and vocal opinions about the politics of baseball have kept him in the public spotlight. His commentary is often inflammatory in nature, making for great debate among fans and collectors.
Joe Morgan made his MLB debut in 1963. His achievements on the field are certainly deserving of his Hall of Fame induction. He was a ten-time All-Star, two-time NL MVP and was a member of two World Series Championship teams.
Morgan's cardboard debut would be made two years later in both the 1965 Topps and O-Pee-Chee sets. He has a team-issued card from 1965 as well. Joe Morgan's first certified autograph card was issued in 1992 Upper Deck High Series Baseball. It is a dual-signed card with Johnny Bench and is hand-numbered to 2,500 copies. His first solo signature card comes from 1998 Topps Stars Rookie Reprints. In 2001, Morgan had his first memorabilia cards produced, an overwhelming 34 in total.
Joe Morgan's signature carries a premium when included on team-signed items associated with the Big Red Machine. A frequent signer at larger sports collectibles shows, there is an abundance of autographed items available on the market. Prices for his signed baseballs and bats suffer from issues of supply and demand.
Joe Morgan Rookie Card
Joe Morgan shares his rookie card with Sonny Jackson, a fellow Colt .45s teammate. The dull gray borders allows the team pennant to be distinct. The photographs of both players are close-up posed batting stances.
Look familiar? It is. Like virtually all O-Pee-Chee baseball sets, the overall look is the same save for the bilingual text on the back. O-Pee-Chee cards can also be tougher to find.
1972 Topps #132 Joe Morgan Astros NM-MT
1967 TOPPS #337 JOE MORGAN ASTROS Ref #0081914
1969 TOPPS #35 JOE MORGAN NMMT *102638
1985 Fleer #431 Joe Morgan PSA 8
Joe Morgan Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Joe Morgan'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. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Joe Morgan Cut Signature Exemplar
Joe Morgan Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Joe Morgan signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A fairly easy autograph to discern by letter.
- The "J"consists of a larger loop on the bottom than the top.
- The "o" is implied by a backward 'c" character.
- The "e" is legible with the loop higher than the horizontal plane.
- The "M" starts with a "c" loop before beginning the straight vertical line and rounded humps.
- The letters "o-r" are merged together in a single character that looks like an un-crossed "A."
- The "G" is distinct and legible with a rounded "o" loop and an elongated oval on the bottom at a 45-degree angle.
- The final letters "a-n" are also merged together so that only the "a" is legible.
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