Mariano Rivera Cards, Rookie Cards, and Memorabilia Guide

Mariano Rivera

Date of Birth: 11/29/1969
Rookie Card Year: 1992
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Mariano Rivera built his legacy largely by coming into the end of games and getting those last few outs. It does not sound glamorous and that is why most relievers and closers are not big in the hobby. But Rivera was different. Although his cards were not very popular during the early portion of his career, it became clear how special the closer was, especially since his dominance lead to multiple World Series titles for the New York Yankees. With his official retirement in the books and the Hall of Fame all but certain, collectors can expect Mariano Rivera cards and autograph values to continue to move upward.

Born and raised in Panama, Mariano Rivera signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees in 1990. Despite speaking no English, he left home to begin his career in the minor leagues. Rivera was called up by the Yankees in 1995 and started his long Major League career with the team. And what a career it was. When it was all over, Mariano Rivera held an impressive amount of regular season and postseason records. The 13-time All-Star helped close out five World Series titles and was named the World Series MVP in 1999. He also holds the MLB record for most career saves.

Pack-pulled Mariano Rivera autographs are not as common as other elite players. Even though autographs have become a staple of modern card products, one of his most popular Mariano Rivera signed cards is found in 1996 Leaf Signature Seres. Still, many options emerged during his last few seasons in the league. And while there seems to be a good supply of Marian Rivera signed gear, his exclusive with Steiner Sports Memorabilia keeps prices and supply very controlled.

Since Mariano Rivera's official rookie card came in the early-90s, the large print runs common during this period will always keeps values down. However, high-grade versions command strong values and Rivera has a few cards that predate his rookie, which remain popular and valuable when they surface.

Mariano Rivera Rookie Cards and Minor League Cards

1990 Diamond Cards Tampa Yankees Mariano Rivera #17

Just out of his teens at the time, Mariano Rivera's first card shows am image of a young-looking and scrawny pitcher for the Tampa Yankees. The plain card is bordered by Yankees pinstripes. He would wear those colors for nearly 25 years.

1990 Diamond Cards Tampa Yankees Mariano Rivera 211x300 Image

1991 ProCards Greensboro Hornets Mariano Rivera #3058

Another pre-rookie card, the 1991 ProCards release for the Greensboro Hornets takes an interesting design approach. However, it is only interesting if you a fan of note pads.  Despite this bizarre layout, these cards are ver popular and it is also still possible to find full sealed team sets from this release.

1991 ProCards Greensboro Hornets Mariano Rivera 3058 213x300 Image

1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera RC #302

One thing is clear. Mariano Rivera is a fan of business casual. The official Mariano Rivera rookie card may not wow anyone with the design, but the significance makes it one of the top Mariano Rivera cards.

1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera RC 215x300 Image

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2011 TOPPS DMD ANNIV LIMITED EDITION #42 MARIANO RIVERA POP 1 PSA 9 B1496871
$20.99
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2005 Mariano Rivera Finest Auto XFractor #FA-MR #19 25 BGS 9
$850.00
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Mariano Rivera (7) Baseball Cards Bowman Chrome-Finest-Topps-Topps Chrome
$20.00
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2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Relics #AGFR-MR Mariano Rivera Game Worn Jersey
$29.99
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1992 Mariano Rivera Bowman Rookie New York Yankees Hall of Fame
$42.95
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NEW YORK YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA 2013 Topps Allen Ginter Box Topper Relic #10 25
$17.50
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Mariano Rivera #1123 2013 Baseball Card 2013 Topps Update Gold #US313
$6.99
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2005 Ultra NEW YORK YANKEES Team Set (12) w SPs DEREK JETER MARIANO RIVERA +
$10.50
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2014 Topps Tribute Mariano Rivera BLUE Parallel 34 99 !! YANKEES
$12.95
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1996 score #225 MARIANO RIVERA yankees "rookie" BGS 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5 (pop 6)
$65.00
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Di) 25x 2012 Topps Allen & Ginters MINI LOT Mariano Rivera Kershaw SP CHEAP Rare
$14.99
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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Rookie Card - Mint Condition - Gradable!!
$65.00
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Mariano Rivera RC 1996 Score ROOKIE #225 Yankees BV$12
$6.99
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1997 Totally Certified Platinum Blue #62 Mariano Rivera 568 1999 B74136
$5.97
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Mariano rivera 2008 goudy game used baseball card
$19.99
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2013 Topps Chrome Mariano Rivera BLUE Parallel 123 199 !! YANKEES
$9.95
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Autograph Guide

Mariano Rivera Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Mariano Rivera'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, and Mounted Memories.

Mariano Rivera Cut Signature Exemplar:

Mariano Rivera Cut Signature Image

Mariano Rivera Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Mariano Rivera 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. The signature exhibits an overall consistency, and each letter is discernible.
  2. Although the signature begins with a normal oversized "M", the second half nearly forms a figure eight.
  3. The pen lifts and the remainder of the first name is written in one line.
  4. The rest of the letters in the first name are legible,  similarly-sized,  and the "i" is dotted.
  5. The "R" does not connect and is rounded to the point that it can resemble a "B".
  6. The pen lifts and "i-v-e-r-a" is written in one line and the "i" is dotted.
  7. The final "a" will generally exhibit an upward finish of varying lengths and resemble a smile.

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Mariano Rivera Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Mariano Rivera Signed Yankees 2013 All Star LE Jersey w Retire Patch Steiner coa
$599.99
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Derek Jeter Mariano Rivera Yankees (2) Signed Game Used Baseballs Steiner Sports
$999.99
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Mariano Rivera Signed Yankees 1995-2013 Career Logo Baseball Steiner Sports coa
$499.99
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Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo PSA DNA S88938
$499.00
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N.Y.YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED GAME USED SEATBACK #1 WITH PLAQUE STEINER COA
$489.00
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MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED N.Y. YANKEES FAREWELL HAT " 652 SAVES " STEINER COA
$399.95
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MARIANO RIVERA Signed Inscribed "652 Saves" Baseball STEINER Sports
$775.00
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Mariano Rivera Ford Pettitte Yankees Multi Signed Pitcher Rubber AUTO JSA LOA
$699.07
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Mariano Rivera Single Signed 1996 World Series Baseball AUTO PSA DNA COA Yankees
$399.07
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Mariano Rivera Signed #42 NY Yankees Jersey AUTO + Stat Inscriptions PSA DNA COA
$799.07
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Mariano Rivera #14 Signed Yankees Minor League Hornets Jersey AUTO STEINER COA
$399.07
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MARIANO RIVERA ny Signed "Empire State Of Mind" Framed 14 X 24 Collage STEINER
$475.00
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Derek Jeter Mariano Rivera SIGNED Final Season 2 Ball Set STEINER (RETAIL $1135)
$942.22
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MARIANO RIVERA Signed Framed "Numbers Collage" 14 x 20 Lithograph STEINER
$495.00
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MARIANO RIVERA Signed Farewell Patch 1995-2013 Jersey STEINER
$795.00
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Steiner Mariano Rivera Empire State of Mind Signed 14x24 Photo
$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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