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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1993 PACIFIC NOLAN RYAN 27th SEASON #211 NOLAN RYAN SEVEN PSA 10 B1554075
$11.99

1978 Topps &1989 Fleer PSA Graded Nolan Ryan Cards
$9.99

1973 Topps California Angel Team Set Nolan Ryan Robinson Pinson High #s VG (27)
$17.95

Nolan Ryan Tom Seaver CC Sabathia Halladay 2012 TOPPS PRIMARY PIECES QUAD RELIC
$24.95

1974 TOPPS TEAM CHECKLIST CALIFORNIA ANGELS W NOLAN RYAN PSA 8 B1982976-458
$74.99

1990 KENNER STARTING LINEUP-B&W BORDER NOLAN RYAN HOF PSA 8 B1982967-022
$39.99

1990 KENNER STARTING LINEUP-YELLOW BRD. NOLAN RYAN HOF PSA 8 B1982968-020
$39.99

NOLAN RYAN 1993 TOPPS CERAMIC CARD COLLECTION OF 2 WITH COA
$59.99

2004 SP LEGENDARY CUTS NOLAN RYAN #SS-NR RANGERS GAME JERSEY (ref 0609)
$16.95

1988 Topps #250 NOLAN RYAN OGS Graded 10 #18066A
$5.95

1985 FLEER #359 NOLAN RYAN LOT OF 23 NMMT B35253
$25.80

1984 FLEER #239 NOLAN RYAN LOT OF 20 NMMT B35250
$30.10

1983 FLEER #463 NOLAN RYAN LOT OF 18 NMMT B35244
$20.00

1982 TOPPS #5 NOLAN RYAN LOT OF 22 NMMT B35256
$18.00

1982 DONRUSS DIAMOND KINGS #13 NOLAN RYAN LOT OF 46 NMMT B35225
$18.00

1982 DONRUSS #419 NOLAN RYAN LOT OF 44 NMMT B35229
$25.80
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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 Signed Authentic 1980's Official New Era California Angels Cap JSA
$199.99

NOLAN RYAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA # L68353
$85.00

Rangers Nolan Ryan Signed Ventura Fight 16x20 Photo With Ryan Holo
$109.99

Rangers Nolan Ryan Signed Authentic Bloody Face 11x14 Photo With Ryan Holo
$99.99

Nolan Ryan signed Legends magazine PSA DNA PROOF!
$125.00

Nolan Ryan Signed 1979 Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA COA Angels Baseball
$129.99

Nolan Ryan Signed 1991 Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA COA Rangers Baseball
$119.99

Nolan Ryan Rangers Signed 16x20 Blood Photo The Ryan Express PSA
$169.00

Nolan Ryan Signed 1992 Rangers Yearbook Magazine PSA DNA COA Baseball Autograph
$119.99

Nolan Ryan Signed Beckett Tribute Magazine PSA DNA COA Rangers Baseball Auto'd
$119.99

Nolan Ryan Signed Autograph Baseball Photo Picture Framed 16x20 AUTO COA JSA
$249.96

NOLAN RYAN AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED TEXAS RANGERS MLB BASEBALL 324 WINS
$149.99

Nolan Ryan Autographed Signed 1974 Topps Card #20 PSA DNA #83450131
$79.00

NOLAN RYAN (Texas Rangers) signed baseball w PSA DNA COA
$139.95

Nolan Ryan Singled Signed Auto Autographed Baseball PSA DNA *519605
$55.00

NOLAN RYAN COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION XL JERSEY SIGNED AUTO AUTOGRAPH HOF PSA DNA
$349.95
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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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