Rookie Card Year: 1993
Investment Rating: 7.5
Johnny Damon baseball cards and autographed memorabilia are collectible with a wide range of fans and collectors. He played for seven teams during his 17-year career including World Series Championships with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Damon was an all-around player who finished his career in 2012 with 2,769 hits, a .284 batting average and 1,139 runs batted in.
Damon is a bit of an oddity in the collecting world when it comes to his rookie cards. He actually has rookie cards in two different years, 1993 and 1995. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1992 with the 35th overall pick. However, due to lack of playing time, Damon lost his rookie eligibility status. This changed in 1995 when he debuted with the big league club.
Johnny Damon's first certified autograph card is from 1995 Upper Deck Minor League. His first MLB autograph card is from 1996 Leaf Signature Series. Three versions of the card exist. While none of them are serial numbered, acknowledged print runs are 3,500 for the base version, 1,000 for the Silver parallel and 500 for Gold.
His first game-used memorabilia cards were released in 2001 by multiple manufacturers. The most popular of these is from 2001 Upper Deck Gold Glove. It contains a swatch of a game-used fielding glove and Damon's autograph.
Damon's autographed memorabilia sees the most demand in the Boston market. He was part of the team that brought the Red Sox their World Series Championship in 2004. He was also a fan favorite during his playing days in Oakland, New York and Kansas City. As a result, his signature is well respected and in demand with collectors of those teams as well.
Johnny Damon Rookie Cards
1993 SP was one of the original super-premium sets of the modern age. Like all of the cards in the Premier Prospects subset, the foil design is extremely condition sensitive. Chipping along the sides is the norm for this card. Top-tier graded cards can command big premiums over raw cards.
2002 Fleer Tiffany #461 Johnny Damon CP 200
1994 Upper Deck Top Prospects Johnny Damon Royals TP2
1996 (BB) Score Dugout Collection Artist's Proofs #A103 Johnny Damon
1996 (BB) Select En Fuego #23 Johnny Damon - NM-MT
Johnny Damon Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Johnny Damon'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.
Johnny Damon Cut Signature Exemplar:
Johnny Damon Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Johnny Damon signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- Damon has a very brief signature that is defined by just a few characters.
- The letter "J" is discernible. It resembles a backwards "L."
- The pen lifts and then continues with a relatively, horizontal line that flows into an "o" shape.
- A line of equal size, comes off the back of the "o" and takes a small dip.
- The "D" is legible. It contains no connecting vertical line to the curved portion of the letter.
- The "a" is legible as is the "m."
- The remaining letters are implied and not present.
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