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

2008 #120-33 Mariano Rivera (2001 All-Star 50 Saves) 150 New York Yankees 7c8
$6.25

9 Card Insert Lot Mariano Rivera Topps Chrome Orange World Series Highlights +
$9.95

Mariano Rivera 2014 Topps Triple Threads Auto 10x Jersey Patch 2 Color 5 9
$104.50

2008 #120-31 Mariano Rivera (2001 All-Star 50 Saves) 150 New York Yankees 7c8
$6.25

2006 Topps Turkey Red Relics #TRR-MRI Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Card 1z8
$15.99

MARIANO RIVERA 1996 Leaf Signature GOLD SP 500 Autograph Mint! Must Look! 9.5?!
$699.00

2005 Topps Pristine #161 Base Uncommon Mariano Rivera 500 New York Yankees 0d4
$12.75

2012 Topps Chrome Sepia Refractor #150 Mariano Rivera 75 New York Yankees 1g8
$24.77

1997 Donruss Studio Silver Press Proof #104 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees 0f8
$10.23

MARIANO RIVERA YANKEE STADIUM WALL PIECE GAME USED RELIC SPA CERT (B)
$7.95

BASEBALL CARD MARIANO RIVERA UPPER DECK MCDONALDS YANKEES 16 OF 24 100TH ANNIVER
$5.00

2012 Panini National Treasures Mariano Rivera Relic 30 99
$10.00

2012 Panini Prizm Prizms Green #32 Mariano Rivera - NM-MT
$6.80

Mariano Rivera Authentic Jersey and Card
$35.00

Mariano Rivera 2011 Topps Tribute Triple Game Used Jersey Card 49 99
$25.00

2004 ETOPPS EVENT SERIES SET 1-12! PUJOLS MARIANO RIVERA RED SOX +
$73.59
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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 NEW YORK YANKEES DUAL SIGNED 16X20 FRAMED PHOTO DISPLAY, STEINER
$299.99

DEREK JETER Mariano Rivera GAME USED Ball NY YANKEES STEINER COA un signed
$129.00

Mariano Rivera Signed NY Yankees gold Retirement Hat Ins Exit Sandman Steiner
$649.99

MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED AUTO OFFICIAL MLB BASEBALL JSA COA NEW YORK YANKEES
$99.95

Mariano Rivera Signed New York Yankees Vintage Pinstripes 16x20 Photo Steiner
$299.99

MARIANO RIVERA AUTOGRAPHD BASEBALL BOOK THE CLOSER SIGNED AUTO + PICTURE PSA DNA
$199.99

Mariano Rivera "The Closer" Signed Hardcover Book First Edition Steiner COA
$194.25

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

Mariano Rivera Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Auto Autograph S36247
$179.00

Mariano Rivera Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Auto Autograph S36248
$179.00

Mariano Rivera Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Auto Autograph S36250
$179.00

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

Mariano Rivera Signed Autographed 16x20 New York Yankees Framed 20x28 JSA
$499.99

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