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

MARIANO RIVERA 1993 BOWMAN #327, 1996 COLLECTORS CHOICE SILVER SIGNATURES RC
$7.50

2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Mariano Rivera Rip Card #28 75 - Ripped - Yankees
$15.00

2015 Bowman Chrome Draft PURPLE REFRACTOR Mariano Rivera RC AUTO 229 250
$39.99

2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Mariano Rivera RC AUTO Nationals
$14.99

2013 TRIPLE THREADS MARIANO RIVERA JUMBO GAME JERSEY SWATCH PINSTRIPES #D 36
$44.99

2010 Topps Heritage #499 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Baseball Card 0b7
$10.24

2014 Panini Prizm Blue Mojo Prizms #208 Mariano Rivera 75 New York Yankees 3r7
$7.24

2016 Bowman Family Tree Blue #FT-R Mariano Rivera 150 New York Yankees Card 3h6
$7.25

2005 Topps Updates & Highlights All-Star Stitches #ASR-MRI Mariano Rivera 0f5
$8.94

2004 Donruss World Series Purple Holofoil 100 #WS-128 Mariano Rivera 100 2e1
$6.74

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen 42.1 Mariano Rivera (Bald Head) New York Yankees Card 2t4
$5.24

2005 Donruss Blue Press Proof #279 Mariano Rivera 100 New York Yankees Card 2e1
$7.74

1998 Topps Stars Gold 52 Mariano Rivera 2299 New York Yankees Baseball Card 0q3
$5.50

2015 Bowman Draft #BCA-MR Mariano Rivera III Washington Nationals Auto Card 7c6
$6.25

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen #336 Short Print Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Card 0f5
$5.24

2013 Topps Archives 1998 Gallery of Heroes #GH-MR Mariano Rivera Card 2n9
$5.25
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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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Mariano Rivera Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Mariano Rivera "The Closer" Signed Hardcover Book First Edition Steiner COA
$184.54

Mariano Rivera Yankees Signed Inscribed Enter Sandman Baseball PSA DNA AB46128
$279.00

Mariano Rivera Yankees Signed Inscribed Enter Sandman Baseball PSA DNA AB46130
$279.00

Derek Jeter Mariano Rivera Signed Framed 16x20 Yankees Photo w Coin Steiner auto
$899.99

Mariano Rivera Signed Final Game 8x10 Photo Handing Ball Jeter Pettitte Steiner
$419.99

Joe Mauer Signed with Mariano Rivera 16x20 Photo ( MLB Auth) Steiner COA
$99.00

MARIANO RIVERA NEW YORK YANKEES M.L. SIGNED BASEBALL PSA AB19819
$299.99

Mariano Rivera Signed NY Yankees 8x10 Last Time on Mound Photo Steiner Sports
$449.99

Mariano Rivera Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Set JSA Yankees
$179.99

Mariano Rivera signed 16x20 w Inscriptions #42 42-Steiner Sports-Beautiful!!
$599.99

NEW YORK YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED & INSCRIBED GAME USED 2012 JERSEY STEINER
$25,000.00

NEW YORK YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED LAST TO WEAR #42 NIKE CLEATS STEINER 2 42
$2,000.00

NEW YORK YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA signed HALL OF FAME BASEBALL JSA #E05126 PROOF
$350.00

NEW YORK YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED CAREER STATS #42 NIKE CLEATS STEINER 8 8
$5,000.00

Mariano Rivera Signed Yankee-Steiner Collectibles Ad in the back ground 11x14...
$449.99

Mariano Rivera & Mark Teixieira 8x10 NY Yankees Photo Signed - Steiner - FRAMED
$275.00
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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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