Junior Seau Football Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Junior Seau

Date of Birth: 1/19/1969
Rookie Card Year: 1990
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview
Junior Seau was an NFL player that had the rare combination of longevity and all-star ability. While he suffered the same stigma as many other players on defense in regards to hobby love, Seau was a fan favorite throughout his illustrious career. As a result, Junior Seau cards and memorabilia have a relatively strong following. A ten-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowl participant, Seau played at a consistently high level during his 20-year career and was named the AFC Player of the Year in 1994. Seau is most remembered for his years with the San Diego Chargers but he also played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.

Despite his remarkable tenure in the league, the ultimate prize evaded Seau. He came up short in the 1994 Super Bowl as a Charger and the 2007 Super Bowl as a Patriot. Even without a Super Bowl Championship, Seau should be a lock for the Hall of Fame and was one of the most respected elder-statesmen of the NFL.

Unfortunately for collectors, Seau's rookie cards came at a time of over-production, which has kept their values low. Seau has five low-end rookie cards that can be had for a few dollars. Like most players from the era, Junior Seau autographs may be a better option.

Junior Seau Rookie Card Checklist

1990 Action Packed Rookie Update Junior Seau RC #38

1990 Action Packed Rookie Update Junior Seau Image

With text and no branding or logo, Seau's Action Packed rookie is the least authentic looking card in the group. However, the card distinguishes itself with a foil border and crisp image. It's all downhill from there.

1990 Fleer Update Junior Seau RC #U102

1990 Fleer Update Junior Seau Image

1990 Fleer Update showcases an action shot of Seau that is bizarrely set against a yellow arch background. The faux-glare spots on the bottom corners of the card are the icing on the cake.

1990 Pro Set Junior Seau RC #673

1990 Pro Set Junior Seau Image

1990 Pro Set brings another bland offering but with its solid design and complementary color scheme, this might be the least offensive of the big brands.

1990 Score Junior Seau RC #302

1990 Score Junior Seau Image

What the Score rookie lacks in aesthetic appeal, it makes up for in total number of included colors. The rainbow card also is the only one of the first-year Junior Seau cards to show him during his college days as a USC Trojan.

1990 Topps Junior Seau RC #381

1990 Topps Junior Seau Image

Junior Seau's 1990 Topps rookie card is only one to feature a non-action shot of the young linebacker. The image helps showcase the youthful exuberance Seau possessed as he came into the league. With all the lower tier rookie options, many collectors look to the 1990 Topps Tiffany #381. Although it is not an official rookie card, the Topps Tiffany edition is widely considered to be the most valuable of the 1990 Junior Seau cards.

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JUNIOR SEAU , 1998-99 , UPPER DECK , BLACK DIAMOND , PREMIUM CUT
$25.00
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1996 COLLECTOR'S CHOICE UPDATE PLAY #Y63 JUNIOR SEAU POP 2 PSA 10 F1574059
$12.99
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Junior Seau 1990 Fleer Update #U102 Rookie RC Footbal Card BGS 9.5 Gem Mint NICE
$19.99
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Junior Seau San Diego Chargers 2001 Fleer Hall Of Fame Material Jersey Card Rare
$29.99
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1990 Fleer Update Sealed Set of 120 Junior Seau RC Emmitt Smith RC B37749
$37.97
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1995 SP CHAMPIONSHIP #199 JUNIOR SEAU CHARGERS POP 1 PSA 10 F1440546
$11.99
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2013 National Treasures Junior Seau Jersey Auto 25! Chargers!
$99.99
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1997 COLLECTOR'S CHOICE MINI-STANDEE #ST8 JUNIOR SEAU POP 2 PSA 10 F1655842-145
$14.99
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1997 FINEST #348 JUNIOR SEAU CHARGERS RARE POP 2 PSA 10 F1655893-108
$19.99
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1990 TOPPS #381 JUNIOR SEAU RC PSA 9 NFL card
$12.99
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JUNIOR SEAU 1990 TOPPS # 381 ROOKIE + 2 Cards SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
$10.00
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1993 SCORE SELECT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS JUNIOR SEAU #24 SAMPLE FOOTBALL CARD
$14.99
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2014 Tristar Signa Cuts Draft Choice Cut junior seau ray lewis dual auto #1 1
$94.50
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1995 Topps Stadium Club Members Only lot Junior Seau 6 card set SD Chargers
$14.99
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JUNIOR SEAU Rookie Card Lot All (8) 1990 RC WOW Topps SCORE Stars
$14.99
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Junior Seau San Diego Chargers 2 card frame
$37.09
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Autograph Guide

Junior Seau Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Junior Seau'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.

Junior Seau Cut Signature Exemplar

Junior Seau Signature Image

Junior Seau Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Junior Seau 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. Signature is consistent but not very distinguishable.
  2. The first character is his letter "J" it can best be described as an awkward looking "9."
  3. It flows into a unique "S" that resembles more of an awkward "8."
  4. What could be described as something looking like a lower case "w" with a long tail follows.
  5. The inscription "55", his jersey number is always present.

Junior Seau Signed Football Pricing:

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Junior Seau Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Junior Seau Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Junior Seau 2012 Leaf Masterpiece Cut Signature auto signed autograph 1 1 JSA
$155.55
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Junior Seau Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine 9-6-93 San Diego Chargers JSA coa
$199.99
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Junior Seau Signed card PSA DNA 1992 Upper Deck Auto JR Chargers Patriots USC
$235.00
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DOLPHINS JUNIOR SEAU SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA #M22135
$99.99
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USC Trojan Junior Seau signed USC White panel Football PSA\DNA COA# S69399
$499.99
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Junior Seau signed New England Patriots Mini Helmet PSA\DNA COA #T12001
$399.99
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JUNIOR SEAU (San Diego Chargers) signed 1990 Score ROOKIE PSA DNA card
$249.95
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JUNIOR SEAU (San Diego Chargers) signed 1990 Topps ROOKIE PSA DNA card
$249.95
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JUNIOR SEAU (San Diego Chargers) signed 8x10 Photo w PSA COA
$124.95
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JR Junior Seau Signed Chargers Card PSA DNA Slab 1998 UD Choice Starquest Auto'd
$249.99
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Junior JR Seau Rare! signed San Diego Chargers 8x10 PSA DNA cert PROOF!!
$350.00
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JUNIOR SEAU Signed 1990 Fleer HOF Rookie RC PSA DNA - Great Auto!
$159.00
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JUNIOR SEAU SIGNED 1991 UPPER DECK FOOTBALL CARD PSA DNA ENCAPSULATED 65098462
$229.99
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Junior JR Seau Signed Chargers 16x20 Photo PSA DNA COA Auto'd Autograph Picture
$499.99
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Junior JR Seau Signed Football Ball PSA DNA COA Chargers Patriots Dolphins Auto
$499.99
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Junior JR Seau Signed USC Trojans 16x20 Photo PSA DNA COA Auto Autograph Charger
$499.99
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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. As an adult, 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.

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