Miguel Cabrera Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Buying Guide

Miguel Cabrera

Date of Birth: 4/18/1983
Rookie Card Year: 2000
Investment Rating: 8.5


Following some personal woes that threatened his standing among fans, it looks as though Miguel Cabrera cards and memorabilia are heading for another upswing. From his first major league game, Miguel Cabrera seemed poised for greatness. Cabrera not only drove in the winning run but he did it with style, knocking a walk-off home run.

Cabrera has long been a collector favorite. His ability to hit for both power and average has made Miguel Cabrera cards popular with collectors. Helping lead the Marlins to a World Series championship in his rookie season also helped. Cabrera was brought up through the Florida Marlins system and was an All-Star for four straight years with the team between 2004 and 2007.

A blockbuster trade sent Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Detroit Tigers. The switch to the American League didn't hurt the Venezuelan's performance. He won the AL Home Run title in 2008, led the league in RBIs in 2010 and was the 2011 batting champion. This culminated in 2012 when Cabrera won the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat in 1967. And while he didn't win the Triple Crown in 2013, he put up strikingly similar numbers en route to his second consecutive AL MVP award.

There are just two rookie Miguel Cabrera cards. Both his 2000 Topps Traded and 2000 Topps Chrome Traded cards came in late-season box sets. 2000 Topps Traded also had randomly inserted autographed Miguel Cabrera cards. Every box set came with one signature card with Cabrera being the clear favorite.

It seems that every year, the number of autographed Miguel Cabrera cards grows. He's a willing signer for card companies, which has resulted in very reasonable prices given his superstar stature.

The main thing holding Cabrera's values back at this point, other than the potential for injury, are his personal issues. On a couple of occasions Cabrera's erratic behavior has been a distraction to his team. But if the slugger can keep these issues in check, there's a strong likelihood of another World Series trophy heading to Detroit in the near future. Combine this with his recent Triple Crown achievements and the sky's the limit for his cards and autographed memorabilia.

Miguel Cabrera Rookie Card Guide

2000 Topps Traded Miguel Cabrera RC #T40

Miguel Cabrera Cards and Memorabilia - 2000 Topps Traded Miguel Cabrera2000 Topps Traded Miguel Cabrera

Inserted only in a box set, the 2000 Topps Traded Miguel Cabrera is a fairly insignificant looking card. With his batting helmet blocking much of his face and grey borders creating a drab feel, this card is far from iconic other than the fact that it's the rookie card of a superstar slugger. A better bet is the 2000 Topps Traded Autograph, which is widely regarded as the most desirable of Miguel Cabrera cards.

2000 Topps Chrome Traded Miguel Cabrera  #T40

Miguel Cabrera Cards and Memorabilia - 2000 Topps Chrome Traded Miguel Cabrera

A chromium version of the regular card, 2000 Topps Chrome Traded came as a separate box set. Other than the slightly more high-end feel, the 2000 Topps Chrome Traded Miguel Cabrera shares the same design elements as the regular version.

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2013 topps five star Mike trout miguel Cabrera dual patch auto #1 10


2005 Venezuelan Beer sticker label MIGUEL CABRERA

2004 Ultimate Collection Signature Numbers Patch Miguel Cabrera (08 24) 3 Colour

Miguel Cabrera AUTOGRAPH 2004 Topps # TA-MC CERTIFIED

2006 Bowman Originals Baseball Miguel Cabrera Signed & Certified Auto 98 Rare

2014 Topps Triple Threads Emerald 30 Miguel Cabrera 250 Detroit Tigers Card 4t0

2005 Donruss Elite #ET-4 Miguel Cabrera Josh Beckett Mike Lowell 50 Card 0b2

2013 Panini Prizm Miguel Cabrera Red Prizm PSA 10

2012 #PPFQR-CGOF Adrian Gonzalez David Ortiz Prince Fielder Miguel Cabrera 0s3

2016 Donruss Baseball Miguel Cabrera Pinstrip Game Used Jersey Kings Relic JK-MC

2014 Topps Triple Threads GU Jersey Miguel Cabrera D # 03 36 Detr

2016 Panini Donruss Jersey Kings 2-Color Relic Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers

2014 Topps MLB Milestones 5"x7"Exclusive Postcard Miguel Cabrera D# 43 99 Tigers

2014 Topps MLB Milestones 5"x7"Exclusive Postcard Miguel Cabrera D# 73 99 Tigers

2004 Donruss Diamond Kings Dual Jersey Bat Miguel Cabrera D # 91 100 Tigers
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Autograph Guide

Miguel Cabrera Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Miguel Cabrera signature autograph 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, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Miguel Cabrera Cut Signature Exemplar

Miguel Cabrera Signature Example

Miguel Cabrera Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Miguel Cabrera 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 entire signature is written on an upward angle of about 30 degrees.
  2. An over-sized letter "M" with a tail trailing off to the left of the highest point starts the signature.
  3. Few remaining letters in the first name are discernible.
  4. An "i" is implied by a dot.
  5. The letter "l" is somewhat legible.
  6. The pen lifts to start an obvious letter "C."
  7. A rapid signature creates the remaining characters.
  8. The signature is often accompanied by his jersey number "24."

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MIGUEL CABRERA (Tigers) signed Official MLB Baseball w PSA COA

Miguel Cabrera Rookie 2003 World Series Signed Heavily Inscribed Jersey PSA DNA

MIGUEL CABRERA signed autographed 2015 All-Star baseball DETROIT TIGERS JSA COA

MIGUEL CABRERA signed autographed 2013 All-Star baseball DETROIT TIGERS JSA COA

MIGUEL CABRERA signed autographed 2004 All-Star baseball DETROIT TIGERS JSA COA

Miguel Cabrera Signed Autograph Rawlings Black Baseball Bat JSA Full Letter HOF

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Comments

  1. Nice article, but I think that one main point is flawed. While Cabrera’s autographed cards are relatively abundant, many of them come from his Florida Marlin years and are on stickers.

    Since he joined the Tigers in 2008, there have been relatively few Cabrera autograph releases, and what has been released is usually of a limited quantity. Many of the recent releases have also been on-card.

    For this reason, despite the apparent glut in the market, Cabrera’s Tigers autographs routinely exceed $40, a number that could certainly grow with another MVP-caliber season.

  2. grandcards (ID 40634) » Excellent point! If he continues the pace he’s on, I could see them going much higher.

  3. I’ve recently found this site and learned a lot from these player guides, and while it may be insignificant I can’t help but point out that this article states that Cabrera is the 2003 NL ROY, but in fact he finished 5th in the voting behind teammate Dontrelle Willis who actually took home the award that season. Regardless I still was able to acquire a 2000 Topps Traded Cabrera Rookie graded 10 with the guidance of this article at a great price and I appreciate the other info that helped guide my purchase.

  4. ryan a » Thanks for the heads up!

  5. Hello Ryan
    That’s some Miguel Cabrera collection you have there. He’s my favorite player, I also have a signed 2010 All Star ball. Anyway, I was wondering if you could help me estimate the value of a card that i purchased today. Its a Miguel Cabrera 2004 DonRuss tools of the trade tt94 autographed and its 64/100. (its the blue card) I paid $50.00, it seemed reasonable. I cant seem to find much of them on the internet. I really appreciate your input. Thank you

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