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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2013 BOWMAN GOLD #141 MARIANO RIVERA YANKEE PITCHING ACE FREE SHIPPING
$5.00
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2013 TOPPS #600 MARIANO RIVERA BLUE BORDERED YANKEE PITCHING ACE FREE SHIPPING
$5.00
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1999-2013 Mariano Rivera Topps Chrome, Bowman Finest 14 of 15 Diff New York Yank
$5.00
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2013 Topps Tribute Green Mariano Rivera
$20.00
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$6.99
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MARIANO RIVERA--2013 TOPPS HERITAGE "HI-NUMBER" #468 SP
$5.00
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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera New York Yankees #302 Baseball Card RC
$40.00
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2000 UPPER DECK MVP SECOND SEASON #SS2 MARIANO RIVERA POP 2 PSA 9 B1568790
$11.99
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Mariano Rivera 2013 Topps Heritage Short Print Card #468
$10.00
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2009 Topps Allen & Ginter #NP38 Mariano Rivera PSA GEM MINT 10
$16.95
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2009 UPPER DECK FIRST EDITION #212 MARIANO RIVERA YANKEES POP 5 PSA 10 B1436673
$17.99
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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera #302 Rookie Card Hall of Fame Yankees FREE SHIP
$39.99
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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Beckett Graded 8.5 #302 New York Yankees
$99.99
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MARIANO RIVERA 2008 UPPER DECK X BASEBALL GAME USED JERSEY
$9.95
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MARIANO RIVERA JONATHAN PAPELBON 2009 09 SPX DUAL GAME USED JERSEY SP
$11.00
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Mariano Rivera 2010 Topps Tribute Card #64 NY Yankees
$6.95
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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.

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 Framed 1999 World Series Shadow Box Yankees Steiner COA
$649.99
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Mariano Rivera Signed Official Baseball Steiner Coa With Cherrywood Case
$289.95
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Mariano Rivera Signed MLB Baseball, "John 3:16" Inscription, Statball #6 42 -JSA
$249.99
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2013 Yankees Mariano Rivera Save #619 Signed Game Used Base Steiner COA
$950.00
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MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED LASTTO WEAR 42 14"X 14" PHOTO JSA & SIGNED THE CLOSER BOOK
$190.00
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Mariano Rivera JSA Signed Official New York Yankees 100th Ann. Baseball Hat Auto
$349.95
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Mariano Rivera Yankees signed auto 2007 Allen and Ginter card PSA DNA slabbed
$259.99
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Mariano Rivera Signed Yankees OML Baseball & Rivera Game Used Dirt case Steiner
$299.99
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MARIANO RIVERA STEINER AUTHENTICATED FRAMED SIGNED 16x20 PHOTO PSA DNA LOA
$396.00
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Mariano Rivera Signed 24Kt Gold 5 Inscription Retirement Baseball 1 1 Steiner
$1,199.00
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Mariano Rivera NEW YORK YANKEES signed 500th Save 8X10 Photo Steiner COA
$399.99
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STEINER Mariano Rivera Signed Official MLB Baseball NY Yankees Autograph COA
$214.99
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Mariano Rivera Signed Yankees OML Baseball & Rivera Game Used Dirt case Steiner
$399.99
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Derek Jeter Mariano Rivera & Others 2003 Yankees Signed Baseball PSA DNA T04008
$999.00
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Steiner Derek Jeter,Mariano Rivera Signed16 x20 Photo w engraving Custom Framed
$779.95
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Mariano Rivera Yankees Signed 9-20-13 Game Used Baseball Shadowbox 27x24 Steiner
$599.99
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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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