Johnny Bench Card and Memorabilia Guide

Johnny Bench

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


Johnny Bench Card and Memorabilia Guide

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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1982 O-PEE-CHEE #18 JOHNNY BENCH REDS HOF PSA 9 B1902815-439
$16.99

2006 Topps Rookie of the Week 16 Johnny Bench PSA 9 Mint
$17.99

2015 Leaf 25th Pure Glass Auto Johnny Bench HOF Signed On Card
$25.95

9 Card Lot Johnny Bench 1970 's 1980 's Baseball Card Lot Cincinnati Reds
$24.95

33229* 1972 Topps # 433 Johnny Bench
$12.00

1976 Topps # 300 Johnny Bench
$20.00

7 Card Lot Johnny Bench 1979 - 1983 Baseball Cards Cincinnati Reds
$19.95

2010 Topps JOHNNY BENCH Sterling Legendary Leather Triple Autograph Patch 10
$349.99

5 Card Lot Johnny Bench 1979 - 1983 Baseball Cards Cincinnati Reds
$16.95

JOHNNY BENCH ROOKIE 1968 TOPPS
$75.00

1968 Topps #247 ERR Reds Rookies - Johnny Bench Ro EX MT F25735
$215.00

REDS 1969 Topps Stamp Album(Complete-PETE ROSE JOHNNY BENCH TONY PEREZ LEE MAY
$21.99

2014 LEAF SPORTS ICONS "JOHNNY BENCH" CUT SIG. NUMBERED 2 6 (REDS)
$84.99

2003 (REDS) Studio Enshrinement Proofs #23 Johnny Bench 20
$50.00

1968 Topps #247 ERR Reds Rookies - Johnny Bench Ro PSA 6 F36736
$265.00

2015 Topps Strata JOHNNY BENCH AUTO 50 Black Parallel Reds HOF Catcher Nice !!
$58.00
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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 Cincinnati Reds Signed Autographed HOF HOFER 18"x14" Photo
$199.99

2015 Leaf 25th Pure Glass Auto Johnny Bench HOF Signed On Card
$25.95

Johnny Bench auto signed bat Cincinnati Reds HOF JSA COA
$199.99

Johnny Bench signed vintage new mitt HOF Big Red Machine Cincinnati COA bat rare
$202.50

JOHNNY BENCH SIGNED CINCINNATI REDS FULL SIZE AUTHENTIC BATTING HELMET 75-76 PSA
$219.00

Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds Signed Jackie Robinson Coleman Baseball Steiner
$149.00

Johnny Bench Signed Sports Illustrated October 9th, 2006 W "HOF 89" JSA W507727
$49.00

Johnny Bench Signed rare vintage catcher mask Cincinnati Reds glove bat ball COA
$152.50
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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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Johnny Bench signed vintage new mitt HOF Big Red Machine Cincinnati COA bat rare
$202.50

Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench cap-Autographed snapback-Retro Big Red Machine-COA
$44.10

JOHNNY BENCH & big red machine team signed baseball bat
$399.99

1971 Keds Premium Johnny Bench Reds Big Red Machine
$37.50

JOHNNY BENCH 2014 TOPPS TRIBUTE GREEN 16 50 CINCINNATI REDS HOF Big Red Machine
$14.99

Cincinnati Reds Big Red Machine HOFer Johnny Bench Autographed Bat
$125.00

All 7 Johnny Bench Kellogg's Cards Nm-Mt Cincinnati Reds Big Red Machine
$62.99

Big Red Machine Autograph Bat - Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Johnny Bench
$269.00

Johnny Bench 2013 Leaf Inscriptions "Big Red Machine" on-card Auto #'d 5 10
$119.99

CINCINNATI REDS JOHNNY BENCH JOE MORGAN PETE ROSE BIG RED MACHINE LEGENDS PHOTO
$8.50

CINCINNATI REDS JOHNNY BENCH JOE MORGAN PETE ROSE BIG RED MACHINE LEGENDS PHOTO
$15.00

CINCINNATI REDS JOHNNY BENCH JOE MORGAN PETE ROSE BIG RED MACHINE LEGENDS PHOTO
$18.00

CINCINNATI REDS JOHNNY BENCH JOE MORGAN PETE ROSE BIG RED MACHINE LEGENDS PHOTO
$23.00

CINCINNATI REDS JOHNNY BENCH JOE MORGAN PETE ROSE BIG RED MACHINE LEGENDS PHOTO
$28.00

CINCINNATI REDS JOHNNY BENCH JOE MORGAN PETE ROSE BIG RED MACHINE LEGENDS PHOTO
$35.00

1978 Topps #700 Johnny Bench BVG 7 NM Reds Legend HOF Big Red Machine
$7.25
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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 or Google+.

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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