Nolan Ryan Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Nolan Ryan

Date of Birth: 1/31/1947
Rookie Card Year: 1968
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Pitchers are largely overlooked in the hobby. Nolan Ryan cards and memorabilia are a big exception. His longevity in the game, record-breaking stats and hard-nosed style of play have earned him near universal respect from collectors.

Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr., AKA "The Ryan Express," was one of the most intimidating pitchers to ever play the game. With a 100mph fastball and movement to match, Ryan retired in 1993 as the game's all-time strikeout king and dished up a record setting seven no-hitters. Elected into the Hall of Fame in 1999, Ryan is the only player to have his number retired by three different teams for which he played.

Drafted in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets, no one could have conceived that the scrawny kid from Alvin, Texas would end up being one of the most accomplished pitchers of all-time. The eight-time All-Star selection achieved a record of 324-292, with an ERA of 3.12 on route to 5,714 K's. A member of the Miracle Mets of 1969, the eventual World Series Champions, Ryan would spend the rest of his career pursuing another title, which never came. Interesting to note is that despite his seven no-hitters, he never pitched a perfect game and was never named the league's Cy Young winner.

Nolan Ryan Rookie Cards

1968 O-Pee-Chee Nolan Ryan RC #177

Visually, the 1968 O-Pee-Chee Nolan Ryan rookie card looks almost identical to the more common Topps version. However, this one is a lot tougher to find. The easiest way to identify the OPC card is the copyright on the back of the card. It reads, "PTD. IN CANADA."

1968 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Nolan Ryan RC

1968 Topps Nolan Ryan RC #177

Unfortunately for collectors, Noaln Ryan shares his iconic rookie card with Jerry Koosman. The patterned design makes any centering issues, which occur frequently, visibly noticeable. For this reason, a strong centering sub grade is the key to look for when purchasing this card either raw or in graded condition. It is a must-have for any rookie card collector.

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1990 Nolan Ryan Houston Astros Upper Deck #14 FGS GEM MINT 10 HOF
$5.95

1990 Nolan Ryan Houston Astros Upper Deck #15 FGS GEM MINT 10 HOF
$5.95

1973 Topps Nolan Ryan Tom Seaver #207
$9.99

1990 Nolan Ryan Houston Astros Upper Deck #16 FGS GEM MINT 10 HOF
$5.95

Vintage 1978-91 Nolan RYAN Lot (9 different) Baseball Cards; HOFer; mostly G+
$7.89

1993 Ultra Strikeout Kings #4 Nolan Ryan - NM-MT
$10.00

1990 Nolan Ryan Houston Astros Upper Deck #17 FGS GEM MINT 10 HOF
$5.95

NOLAN RYAN 9 Card SET 1992 Legends GOLD Foil Border Cards NR1 thru NR9
$12.99

2012 PANINI PRIME CUTS NOLAN RYAN COLOSSAL GAME USED JERSEY RELIC 30 49
$7.79

1989 UPPER DECK HIGH # SET 4 CT SEALED W NOLAN RYAN FB GIRARDI RC ABBOTT 3-D
$18.68

Nolan Ryan 34 Replica Signature Baseball Official Size and Weight
$5.99

1975 Kelloggs Nolan Ryan #26 -- Angels HOF -- Incredible PSA 9 MINT!
$75.00

1978 Topps California Angels NM Team Set (30) inc 3 Nolan Ryan LL RB B2
$16.95

NOLAN RYAN 2002 Fleer Ultra Fall Classics Game Worn Pants Card
$9.99

1982 Topps Steve McCatty Nolan Ryan #167 Baseball Card
$10.00

Topps 1974 Nolan Ryan Baseball Card #20
$25.00
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Autograph Guide

Nolan Ryan Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Nolan Ryan'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, Steiner, and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Nolan Ryan Cut Signature Exemplar

Nolan Ryan Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Nolan Ryan 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. Signature is written on a relatively even plane, with a slight incline on the "Ryan."
  2. The autograph is written in cursive.
  3. The letter "N" is defined by an - up, down, up pen stroke, that resembles a letter "L."
  4. The letter "o" is open and flows into a wide looped letter "l."
  5. The letters "a" and "n" are legible with the "a" being open.
  6. The letter "R" is written in a manner where the bottom right down stroke forms a near circle as part of the "y."
  7. The letters "a" and "n" are discernible with the letter "a", again being open at the top.
  8. He often includes one of many inscriptions including his career strikeout total, number of wins, or his Hall of Fame induction year as pictured here.

Nolan Ryan Signed Baseball

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Nolan Ryan Signed Photograph

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Nolan Ryan Signed Photo

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NOLAN RYAN HOF SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 1995 Ryan's Express St.Vincent JSA
$149.95

1968 Topps Nolan Ryan Jerry Koosman RC signed auto PSA DNA autographed rookie
$799.99

PSA DNA NOLAN RYAN AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED AMERICAN LEAGUE (B. BROWN) BASEBALL W32309
$89.77

Nolan Ryan Jerry Koosman 1969 Mets 1968 Topps #177 RC Dual Signed PSA Auto
$525.00

NOLAN RYAN AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED TEXAS RANGERS ACTION 16X20 PHOTO W JSA
$99.99

Nolan Ryan Signed Autographed MLB Baseball TRISTAR COA
$86.97

Nolan Ryan Signed Autographed Houston Astros Rainbow Jersey TRISTAR COA
$359.88

Nolan Ryan Index Card PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph Signed *4717
$49.00

Rare Nolan Ryan Signed 1995 Spinneybeck All Star Baseball PSA DNA COA
$149.00

NOLAN RYAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO INDEX CARD
$99.99

NOLAN RYAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO INDEX CARD
$99.99

NOLAN RYAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO INDEX CARD
$99.99

NOLAN RYAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO
$99.99

NOLAN RYAN AUTOGRAPH SIGNED BLACK LEATHER MLB RAWLINGS BASEBALL PSA NOT UDA JSA
$299.99

Nolan Ryan signed Beckett baseball magazine! Baseball Legend! JSA LOA!
$39.99

Nolan Ryan (HOF) Signed Rangers Robin Ventura Srap 16"x20" Steiner Hologram
$99.00
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Mike Smeth is the CEO and Founder of The Cardboard Connection. After collecting baseball cards as a child, he took a 12-year hiatus from the hobby. One muggy summer day in 2006 he unexpectedly came across his childhood card collection while packing up for a move. He began sorting through them so he could sell them on Craigslist. Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th box, he rediscovered his passion for collecting and hasn't looked back since. You can find Mike on Google+ and Twitter @mikesmethcc.

User Comments

  1. I have the 1989 Upper Deck BASEBALL HEROs `CARD #15 of 18 of Nolans! It is in EXCELLENT condition and been VERY protected…just saying! Lisa

  2. I have about 12 Pacific baseball cards with, Nolan Ryan on a cutting horse, Nolan with Dan Smith, Ryan with Frank Tanana, one that says no hitter #2, one with Ryan in a mets uniform says Future Hall of Famer, one with the Ryan Family, one with him in a rangers uniform about to throw a football and a few others. How much could they be worth? I would like to Know. They are in mint condition.

  3. I have a signed nolan Ryan (ryans routine between starts) 1991 by pacific trading cards does it have any value. Thanks for your time. it is in mint condition.

  4. My favorite Nolan Ryan card is basically all of them, but it’s a couple that stood out to me and they are the 1990 Topps cards that have the number 5000 written several times in the back ground. The 5k represents his achievement of 5k strikeouts during his career. Each card has a different team he played for through out his career like the Mets, Astros, etc., but all cards have the 5k printed several times in the back ground. These are the most beautiful and energetic Ryan cards I have ever seen and I was very lucky to purchase them on EBay for 0.01 cent. Congrats Mr. Nolan Ryan on a unbelievable and most competitive career.

  5. i have Nolan ryan cards from pacific 1991 cards # 16 tru 110 are worth anything my husband is deceased i don’t know anything about baseball cards thanks

  6. kim » Unfortunately, those cards, like most from that time frame, aren’t really worth much.

  7. I have Nolan Ryan Pogos, I also HAD a procline cope of his rookie card until some a**hole took it… I have sent Nolan birthday cards when i was younger and he sent back from black and white picture 5×8″ in size with blue autographs. i look for anything and all things Nolan Ryan

  8. L have three Nolan Ryan 23 it. minor league cards. Marion Mets Greenville Mets and Jacksonville Suns in mint condition and in cased in acrytic sealing. Can you give me a price. Thanks for time/effort.

  9. have a signed photo and coin with background of baseballs and coin has above it 1966 & below it 1993.
    Words below that are:
    the RYAN EXXPRESS
    5,714
    Most Care strikeouts
    324
    Wins
    7
    Most Career No Hitters

  10. I have the Nolan Ryan Astros Topps #757 pitcher record card in mint condition, and the Nolan Ryan Greatest Champion’s 23 Kt gold card with Time Strikeout King .5,714 on the front and the Ryan EXPRESS with career statistics and much more on the back, and Certificate of Authenticity. can you give me a price on these two. Thanks

  11. I have a bunch of Nolan Ryan card for sale from a 24k diamond cut to porcelain card also baseballs and a huge plaque looking to sell it all over 100 card not one is a double hite up through my email hilderjason@yahoo.com I live in VT

  12. I have the Nolan Ryan 1991 Rangers card. Very good shape.

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