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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1993 Bowman Mariano Rivera #327 Baseball Card
$12.99
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1991 Greensboro Hornets #3058 Mariano Rivera RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT RARER THAN PSA
$599.99
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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera RC (#302) (Sub grades 1-9 3-9.5's) BGS9.5 BGS
$199.95
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2014 Topps Baseball Mariano Rivera Commemorative Patch #CP-9. Yankees!!!
$24.99
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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Rookie Card (#302) (Subs 1-10 3-9.5's) BGS9.5 BGS
$324.95
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2013 BOWMAN BLUE SAPPHIRE #302 MARIANO RIVERA MINT PSA 9
$5.95
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Mariano Rivera 2013 Bowman Chrome Green Refractor #19 New York Yankees
$5.97
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1997 SCORE HOBBY RESERVE #527 MARIANO RIVERA POP 2 PSA 10 B1263611
$24.99
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2011 TOPPS OPENING DAY #20 MARIANO RIVERA POP 2 PSA 10 B1266635
$24.99
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2010 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER #123 MARIANO RIVERA POP 5 PSA 10 B1273162
$20.99
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2005 TOPPS CHROME #118 MARIANO RIVERA POP 4 PSA 10 B1273040
$22.99
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2001 BOWMAN CHROME #104 MARIANO RIVERA POP 4 PSA 10 B1275840
$22.99
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2003 FLEER HARDBALL #156 MARIANO RIVERA POP 3 PSA 10 B1273037
$22.99
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2011 TOPPS UPDATE #US128 MARIANO RIVERA POP 5 PSA 10 B1273046
$20.99
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2012 TOPPS GYPSY QUEEN #54 MARIANO RIVERA YANKEES PITCHING POP 2 PSA 9 B1379856
$16.99
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2011 TOPPS KIMBALL CHAMPIONS #KC-42 MARIANO RIVERA POP 5 PSA 10 B1273045
$20.99
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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 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.

Mariano Rivera Signed Baseball Pricing:

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Mariano Rivera Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Mariano Rivera Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Mariano Rivera Signed 2008 All Star Ball New York Yankees GAI
$274.95
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Mariano Rivera Signed 2009 All Star Ball New York Yankees GAI
$274.95
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Mariano Rivera & Francisco Cervelli Dual Signed 16x20 Print AUTO STEINER COA
$499.07
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Mariano Rivera Signed 22x32 Framed NY Times Page AUTO " 400th Save " STEINER COA
$499.07
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NY YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED AUTHENTIC COOL BASE JERSEY JSA-COA X95682
$699.99
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Mariano Rivera Signed New York Yankees MLB Baseball Sandman Steiner HOLOGRAM
$325.00
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Mariano Rivera Pettitte Jeter Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Final game steiner coa
$1,795.00
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Mariano Rivera Signed ball All Time Saves Leader Inscription Steiner COA Rare!
$299.99
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Derek Jeter & Mariano Rivera Dual Signed Autographed 16x20 Photo Steiner cert
$699.99
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MARIANO RIVERA signed multi inscribed limited edition framed jersey-STEINER
$1,999.00
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GAI Authentic Signed Mariano Rivera Auto 2009 World Series Baseball
$249.95
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Mariano Rivera Signed MLB Baseball, "John 3:16" Inscription, Statball #6 42 -JSA
$249.99
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Mariano Rivera signed inscribed Official 1999 World Series baseball auto Steiner
$374.99
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Mariano Rivera New York Yankees PSA DNA Signed ML Baseball
$149.99
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MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED JERSEY 09 WORLD SERIES AUTHENTIC JERSEY YANKEES PSA DNA
$499.99
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MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED JERSEY 602 SAVES PATCH AUTHENTIC JERSEY YANKEES PSA DNA
$499.99
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a life-long sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as college basketball and 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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