Johnny Bench Card and Memorabilia Guide

Johnny Bench

Date of Birth: 12/7/1947
Rookie Card Year: 1968
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Johnny Bench spent his entire Hall of Fame career with the Cincinnati Reds. He has been a collector favorite ever since he first laced up his cleats and is considered one of the greatest catchers of all-time. Through the years, he has maintained his visibility to the masses with his media involvement. Bench is a regular on the autograph circuit which, keeps his values at reasonable rates compared to other Hall of Famers. That said, he still draws crowds wherever he goes. Johnny Bench card values, although not the highest, are still strong.

Nolan Ryan isn't the only diamond legend to make his official hobby debut in 1968 Topps Baseball. Being a bit behind the strikeout king's status, the rookie Johnny Bench card often gets second billing in the set. However,that doesn't stop it from carrying significant weight in the collecting world.

Bench is a regular signer on the national autograph circuit. He also possess one of the best signatures in all of baseball. As a member of the Big Red Machine teams of the 1970's is fame carried over to commercial opportunities, contributing to him becoming a household name. As a result is signature is always in demand and has maintained its value very well through the years.

Johnny Bench Rookie Cards

1968 Topps Baseball Johnny Bench RC #247

The unfortunate design of 1968 Topps did not do Bench any favors as he broke into the league. Like many rookies from the era, Bench shares his first card with a player who would go on to be little more than a hobby footnote. Bench's card-mate: Ron Tompkins, a pitcher who never amounted to much. Had the Johnny Bench card been a solo affair, there's little doubt it would be worth much more.

The card also has an error on the back. In the first line, "the" is spelled "tne." There is some uncertainty if it is actually an error and not a print issue where the top half of the "h" did not appear. Also, many of the cards available do not feature the typo, which further supports the possibility of an issue with the ink.

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JOHNNY BENCH 2015 LEAF MASTERWORKS 1 1 AUTO SKETCH CARD BY FER GALICIA Awesome
$85.55

2015 Donruss JOHNNY BENCH # 10 Gold Press Proof Diamond Kings Cincinnati Reds
$69.99

2012 Topps Historical Stitches Johnny BENCH REDS #HS-JB
$14.99

2009 Topps Baseball Tribute Proof Card Johnny Bench
$89.00

JOHNNY BENCH 2011 TOPPS FIVE STAR GAME USED BAT AUTOGRAPH AUTO 10
$133.00

2014 Topps Vault Museum JOHNNY BENCH Blank Back Baseball #1 1 - True 1 of 1
$125.00

1981 TOPPS #201 JOHNNY BENCH LOT OF 100+ NMMT B32179
$42.00

1968 TOPPS JOHNNY BENCH RC #247
$56.00

2010 Topps Update Base Variation Shortprint #US330 Johnny Bench SP
$15.78

2011 Topps Base Variation Shortprint #198 Johnny Bench SP
$19.78

1969 Topps #95 Johnny Bench AS All Star Baseball card
$10.50

1973 OPC O PEE CHEE 63 BASEBALL JOHNNY BENCH DICK ALLEN
$15.99

2013 Topps Commemorative Patch Card #CP-41 Johnny Bench
$15.78

SPORTKINGS JOHNNY BENCH AUTO MEMORABILIA (AM-JBEN2),grey game-used jersey piece.
$89.99

1968 Topps #247 Johnny Bench RC PSA 5
$70.00

1968 Topps #247 Johnny Bench RC PSA 6
$109.00
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Autograph Guide

Johnny Bench Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Johnny Bench'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, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Johnny Bench Cut Signature Exemplar



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

  1. Each letter of his name is completely readable and written in a smooth and meticulous manner, with perfect cursive penmanship.
  2. The letters "J" and "B" of his first and last name are over-sized.
  3. The "J" contains two closed loops, one very round in nature the other narrow and elongated.
  4. The letter's "o-h", each contain small loops used to maintain the flow of the signature.
  5. He spares no expense with the letter "n"'s each receiving their proper script, at a quick glance they resemble side-by-side letter "m"s.
  6. The letter "B" has a round loop in the middle to separate the humps of the "B."
  7. The remaining letters are all legible although the last letter "h" doesn't usually have a loop in it like the first.
  8. He almost always includes the inscription "HOF 89."

Johnny Bench Signed Baseballs

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Johnny Bench signed Photo

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Johnny Bench autographed baseball HOF inscribed
$65.00

JOHNNY BENCH CINCINNATI REDS SINGLE SIGNED BASEBALL JSA MVP 70+72 INSCRIPTION
$125.00

JOHNNY BENCH signed Perez-Steele Great Moments, #2,391 5,000, Cincinnati Reds
$34.99

1982 Cincinnati Reds Team Signed Baseball 28 Autos Tom Seaver Johnny Bench COA
$499.99

Johnny Bench signed MLB Baseball 68 ROY (Cincinnati Reds)
$109.00

JOHNNY BENCH SIGNED "HOF 89" RAWLINGS OML BASEBALL PSA DNA X56682
$84.99

REDS JOHNNY BENCH "75&76 WS CHAMPS" SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA ITP
$89.99

HOF Catcher Johnny Bench Hand Signed Autograph Baseball ONL Ball COA Red
$99.95
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Big Red Machine

Big Red Machine Signed Collectibles

The domination that the Cincinnati Reds achieved during the 1970s was nothing short of epic. Between 1970 and 1976, the Red's captured the National League Pennant four times in route to two World Series titles. They are acknowledged by fans and baseball historians alike as some of the greatest teams in the history of baseball.

As a result of their success and the fact that the team roster includes many hobby heavy weights and fan favorites, autographed items from the Big Red Machine are extremely popular and collectible. With names like Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, George Foster, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey Sr. and Dave Concepcion adorning an item, you can understand why.

Shop now for items autographed by the Big Red Machine.

Big Red Machine Signed Photo

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1968 TOPPS JOHNNY BENCH RC ROOKIE CARD PSA 4 VG-EX BIG RED MACHINE HOF
$70.00

The Big Red Machine Pete Rose Johnny Bench 11x14 AP Wire Photo Cincinnati Reds
$12.95

Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds World Series Champion Photo Plaque Big Red Machine
$26.95

MLB Big Red Machine Cincinnati reds photo Vintage Johnny Bench Late 1960's card
$5.00

JOHNNY BENCH 1969 TOPPS BASEBALL #95 PSA 6 EX-MT BIG RED MACHINE
$23.35

Big Red Machine Framed 8x10 Photo Poster Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench Pete Rose
$34.99

BIG RED MACHINE Tony Perez Johnny Bench Joe Morgan Pete Rose 8x10 Photo Plaque
$11.99

JOHNNY BENCH Bicentennial H & B Bat BIG RED MACHINE HOF
$1,200.00

SPARKY ANDERSON SIGNED 8X10 WITH JOHNNY BENCH BIG RED MACHINE HALL OF FAME
$55.00

Johnny Bench Signed Reds Majestic Cooperstown Jersey "Big Red Machine" JSA ITP
$229.00

Johnny Bench Cincinnati HOF signed rare metal photo COA 1970 big reds machine
$225.00

Johnny Bench And Pete Rose Big Red Machine Autographs
$89.00

The Big Red Machine Pete Rose Johnny Bench Joe Morgan 8x10 11x14 Colorized Photo
$16.95

The Big Red Machine Pete Rose Johnny Bench Joe Morgan 8x10 11x14 Colorized Photo
$18.95

JOHNNY BENCH Reds Game Used Jersey sp Legendary Cuts 2007 Big Red Machine Stitch
$9.99

JOHNNY BENCH 1974 TOPPS STAMP TEST ISSUE SET HOF REDS 1975 1976 BIG RED MACHINE
$11.99
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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. 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.

User Comments

  1. Hi I have a card a 1968 Topps Rookie card # 247 with the letter J in his name with a extra long curly tail…lol…don’t know how to describe it, anyways I can not locate the exact card on the web. Is it of any value?

  2. I have a Johnny Bench 1968 rookie stars card #247. Above his right eye he has a small white ring with a red dot in the center. It looks to be part of the card. Any ideas?
    I also have a Whitey Ford card #5 and its signed. What would these be worth?

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