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

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.

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

Top eBay Listings

2009 Upper Deck SPX Dual Jersey Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Papelbon ..MINT
$10.00

2011 TOPPS GYPSY QUEEN #92 MARIANO RIVERA YANKEES PSA 10 B1739688-872
$14.99

1994 Fleer Pro Tampa Yankees Set Rookie Derek Jeter & Mariano Rivera Complete
$69.95

2004 Topps #67 Mariano RIVERA - PSA 10+++ Yankees
$18.99

2012 (YANKEES) Finest X-Fractors #42 Mariano Rivera
$6.00

1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Rookie Graded Gem Mint 10 Yankees Sandman
$99.99

2007 Fleer Ultra Faces Of The Game Mariano Rivera Baseball Card
$10.00

2013 Bowman Platinum Mariano Rivera Die-cut Graded Gem Mint 10 Yankess
$9.99

2012 Topps Chrome Mariano Rivera Refractor Graded Gem Mint 10 Yankess
$9.99

2010 Topps Chrome Heritage Mariano Rivera # 1961 Graded Gem Mint 10 Yankess
$11.99

2014 Topps Tribute Mariano Rivera "Tribute to the Stars" Autograph 6 24
$225.00

Mariano Rivera 2010 Topps Heritage Chrome Parallel #'d 1928 1961 - NY YANKEES
$9.99

2013 13 PANINI PRIZM MARIANO RIVERA AUTO SP SIGNATURE BGS 9.5 & 10 AUTO GEM MINT
$299.99

Mariano Rivera 2010 Topps Heritage Chrome REFRACTOR Parallel #d 75 561 - YANKEES
$12.99

MLB 2012 MARIANO RIVERA Topps Triple Threads GOLD JERSEY Card # d 2 9
$30.00

1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera RC Rookie Card #302
$29.99
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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 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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Top eBay Listings

Mariano Rivera JSA Signed Official New York Yankees 100th Ann. Baseball Hat Auto
$349.95

Mariano Rivera Signed Yankees Hat 2013 All-Star Patch w Exit Sandman Ins Steiner
$450.00

Andy Pettitte & Mariano Rivera Dual Signed Mound Close Up 20x24 Canvas Steiner
$799.99

Mariano Rivera Jorge Posada Dual Signed 16x20 Photo Steiner COA MLB Holo
$399.99

MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED JSA 1996 WORLD SERIES BASEBALL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$254.00

Yankee Stadium Bleacher Seat Game Used Steiner COA signed by Mariano Rivera
$325.00

Mariano Rivera signed Authentic Jersey Framed 500th Save ins JSA Auto Pick Up
$899.99

Mariano Rivera Signed "In The Game" Collage Photo Steiner COA
$609.99

Mariano Rivera Empire State of Mind Signed 14x24 Photo Steiner COA
$509.99

Mariano Rivera Mound w Pettitte & Jeter Signed 8x10 Photo (MLB Auth) Steiner COA
$409.99

Mariano Rivera Signed Exit Sandman All Star Game 20x20 Collage Photo Steiner COA
$499.99

Mariano Rivera Signed on Mound Hugging Derek Jeter 16x20 Photo Steiner COA
$509.99

Mariano Rivera 42 Number Collage Signed 14x20 Photo Steiner COA
$509.99

Mariano Rivera Mo-tion Collage Signed 14x32 Photo w 652 Saves Insc Steiner COA
$709.99

Mariano Rivera Signed With Derek Jeter 16x20 (Not Signed by Jeter) Steiner COA
$509.99

Joe Torre with Mariano Rivera Single Signed 16x20 Photo Steiner COA
$279.99
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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. 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+.

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