Jose Canseco Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Jose Canseco

Date of Birth: 7/2/1964
Rookie Card Year: 1986
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

Jose Canseco baseball cards and autographed memorabilia values have paralleled the roller coaster of public opinion the once-great slugger has experienced over the years. A beloved member of the Oakland Athletics' "Bash Brothers," he and fellow teammate Mark McGwire thrilled crowds with their run producing and panache for the long ball. Canseco's well-documented link to steroids and other performance enhancing drugs became the subject of a tell-all book that would forever change the game of baseball. The resulting fallout left in its wake were dozens of tainted player reputations.

Jose Canseco has three rookie cards: 1986 Donruss, 1986 Fleer and 1986 Topps Traded. Jose Canseco's official rookie cards, of which he has two, were both released in 1986 by Donruss and Fleer respectively. In addition to his rookie cards,  Canseco has a handful of minor league cards. His first is in the 1983 Fritsch Madison Muskies set. However, the most valuable Jose Canseco minor league card is in 1984 Chong Modesto A's.

Canseco has several other cards, as well as stickers, that were issued the same year as his rookie card. Most notable of these are releases from Sportsflics and Star.

The first Jose Canseco autograph cards were released in 1999. Fleer Mystique has a Fresh Ink insert that's numbered to 250. 1999 SP Signature Edition has both a base autograph and a Gold parallel that's numbered to 50.

Jose Canseco's first memorabilia cards were issued the following year in several Upper Deck products. Two of the most popular cards also include Canseco's signature: 2000 Upper Deck MVP Game Used Souvenirs Bat Autos (#/25) and 2000 Upper Deck Pros and Prospects Game Jersey Autographs.

After the release of his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big, Canseco participated in a promotional book signing tour. It was one of the most affordable ways to acquire Canseco's signature. He occasionally participates in traditional sports memorabilia signing shows. Bats and baseballs are two of the most requested items to be signed.

Jose Canseco Rookie Card Checklist

1986 Donruss Jose Canseco RC #39

1986 Donruss Jose Canseco RC1 216x300 Image

At one point, the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Rated Rookie card was an incredibly popular and valuable card. The market has significantly softened, but high-grade examples still carry a slight premium.

1986 Fleer Jose Canseco RC #649 with Eric Plunk

1986 Fleer Jose Canseco RC Image

Still listed as a Major League Prospect on this rookie card, Canseco, unfortunately, shares the landscape with Eric Plunk. Many collectors prefer Canseco's 1986 Fleer Update card because it is his first Fleer card with him as the sole subject.

1986 Topps Traded Jose Canseco RC #20T

1986 Topps Traded Jose Canseco RC 212x300 Image

Inserted in the 1986 Topps Traded box set, this is one of the more recognizable cards of the decade. Like all Jose Canseco rookie cards, it doesn't carry nearly as much prestige today as it once did. The much rarer 1986 Topps Tiffany version of the card remains one of Canseco's top cards that isn't autographed.

ebaysmalllogo Image
2716004551564040 1 Image
(2) 1986 FLEER UPDATED SETS - FACTORY SETS - BARRY BONDS & JOSE CANSECO ROOKIE
$44.99
2516397222294040 1 Image
1986 Topps Traded #20T Jose Canseco Rookie Card RC PSA 9 MINT Oakland A's
$12.99
1800676313154040 1 Image
JOSE CANSECO PORCELAIN BASEBALL CARD
$15.00
2313089793614040 1 Image
RARE 1991 O-PEE-CHEE JOSE CANSECO #390 PSA GEM MINT 10 POP 2
$85.49
3511473818774040 1 Image
RARE 1991 O-PEE-CHEE JOSE CANSECO #700 PSA GEM MINT 10 POP 3
$75.99
3610410699044040 1 Image
1986 Topps Traded #20T Jose Canseco Rookie RC Athletics PSA 10 GEM MINT
$12.50
3702732869824040 1 Image
Jose Canseco 1998 Starting Lineup Oakland Athletics SLU
$12.95
3608622871164040 1 Image
1987 TOPPS JOSE CANSECO STICKER 6 + 1989 PANINI+2 1992 O-PEE-CHEE + 5 GLOSSY+SET
$15.99
2715510896454040 1 Image
2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Box Toppers #BL07 Jose Canseco
$6.49
3312917863574040 1 Image
2001 SP GAME BAT ED Jose Canseco Game-Used Bat Card POTG
$5.00
1114371557854040 1 Image
Jose Canseco 15 Different Cards - Inserts Premium Issues and early cards too!
$5.50
1614164613354040 1 Image
1991 Topps Tiffany #700 Jose Canseco
$5.00
2716025112714040 1 Image
1987 Classic Update Edition Jose Canseco Rookies 8 Cards Yellows Green Backs
$9.99
1214118341124040 1 Image
JOSE CANSECO Rookie Card RC 1986 Donruss Rookie #22 - PSA Graded Near Mint 8
$11.99
3214933607154040 1 Image
Old Rare Vintage 1990 Donruss Rack Pack Baseball Cards W Jose Canseco On Top!
$9.49
3214933626094040 1 Image
1989 Donruss Sealed Baseball Card Wax Pack W Jose Canseco Showing On Back! Rare!
$5.69
« Previous1234
 Image

Autograph Guide

Jose Canseco Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jose Canseco'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 companySome 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.

Jose Canseco Cut Signature Exemplar

Jose Canseco Signature Example Image

Jose Canseco Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jose Canseco 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. A fairly legible signature defined by the over-sized "J" and "C."
  2. The "J" is formed with the combination of two, flat, oval shaped loops.
  3. The letters "o" and "e" are absent and the "s" resembles something of a printed "r" shape on an angle.
  4. The "C" in the last name is tall but narrow. It is formed in a manner where the up and down stroke create an elongated cursive "l" shape.
  5. The pen does not lift and instead flows into a closed looped "a," which itself is narrow and wider top to bottom as compared to being rounded.
  6. The remaining letters all look very similar.
  7. Any number of inscriptions may accompany his signature.

Jose Canseco Signed Baseball Pricing

Active Listings for Jose Canseco Signed Baseballs

Jose Canseco Signed Baseball 260x220 Image

Jose Canseco Signed Bat Pricing

Active Listings for Jose Canseco Signed Bats

Jose Canseco Signed Bat 260x134 Image

Jose Canseco Signed Jersey Pricing

Active Listings for Jose Canseco Signed Jerseys

Jose Canseco Signed Jersey 260x223 Image

Jose Canseco Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Jose Canseco Signed Photographs

Jose Canseco Signed Photo 244x300 Image

ebaysmalllogo Image
3506085954224040 1 Image
SIGNED OAKLAND A'S JOSE CANSECO Game Bat Global GAI COA!!!
$99.00
1413998719014040 1 Image
Jose Canseco Signed OAL Baseball (JSA COA)
$35.00
3809760722044040 1 Image
MARK MCGWIRE JOSE CANSECO WALT WEISS SIGNED ATHLETICS BASEBALL HAT JSA COA
$149.99
2213015966034040 1 Image
OAKLAND ATHLETICS #33 JOSE CANSECO SIGNED STAT JERSEY PSA DNA
$129.95
3307404278794040 1 Image
MARK MCGWIRE REGGIE JACKSON & JOSE CANSECO SIGNED A'S 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA #S00552
$249.99
1213226464624040 1 Image
JOSE CANSECO SIGNED PHOTO 16X20 AUTO "ROY 86 & MVP 88" FRAMED JSA COA A'S
$149.99
1513064088374040 1 Image
JOSE CANSECO AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED INSCRIBED OAKLAND A'S JERSEY JSA COA
$119.00
3214536084934040 1 Image
JOSE CANSECO SIGNED BASEBALL BAT W 40 40 INSCRIPTION YANKEES A'S PSA DNA Q82985
$124.99
2214861426964040 1 Image
JOSE CANSECO SIGNED BASEBALL BAT W 40 40 INSCRIPTION YANKEES A'S PSA DNA Q82986
$124.99
2214694625224040 1 Image
Jose Canseco 1986 AL ROY Single Signed Baseball AUTO JSA COA A's Yankees Rookie
$85.00
1614177479524040 1 Image
JOSE CANSECO SIGNED Souvenir Batting HELMET TB Devil Rays First Season JSA CERT
$34.99
3909120855274040 1 Image
JOSE CANSECO (Oakland A's) signed black bat w PSA COA
$89.95
1714564332124040 1 Image
Autographed Signed JSA Jose Canseco Rawlings Black Baseball Bat BOLD Silver A's
$25.69
3905660061074040 1 Image
KIRBY PUCKETT, JIM RICE, JOSE CANSECO HAND SIGNED 1987 FLEER PSA DNA SLABBED
$249.99
1815240219304040 1 Image
P40B Autographed Signed Baseball Jersey JSA A's #33 Throwback JOSE CANSECO MLB
$21.00
1514067154594040 1 Image
JOSE CANSECO SIGNED Baseball Ball Auto Oakland Athletics 86 AL ROY JSA CERTIFIED
$34.99
« Previous1234
 Image

More Info

For general information and player statistics about Jose Canseco, visit:


 |  E-Mail Author | 
Rob Bertrand is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby. He is one of the site's most accomplished writers, as well as the co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio. You can follow him on Twitter @VOTC.

Leave a Comment: