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."

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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.

1968 Topps Baseball Nolan Ryan Image

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1992 Panini Canadian Sticker #82 Nolan Ryan PSA 9 Rangers HOF *BK
$9.74
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1989 FLEER GLOSSY #368 NOLAN RYAN ASTROS HOF PSA 10 B1714256-226
$11.99
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1975 Topps Nolan Ryan PSA 7 NM #500 - California Angels
$44.95
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Donruss Coke Cola Baseball Astros, Angels Nolan Ryan Sealed Set
$9.95
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1981 TOPPS #240 NOLAN RYAN ASTROS HOF PSA 8.5 B1866342-391
$10.99
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PSA 9 Mint Nolan Ryan '80s Lot(3) - '82 Donruss, '83 Fleer & '85 Fleer - HOFer!
$18.00
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1974 TOPPS #20 NOLAN RYAN ANGELS HOF PSA 8 B1849371-634
$69.99
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(2)1986 Fleer Mini baseball UNOPENED sets Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken, more
$14.99
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1984 CEREAL BASEBALL set has Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Pete Rose 33 cards
$12.99
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1985 Fleer Ltd SEALED Basebal Set 44 Cards each Ripken, Nolan Ryan LOT of 3 sets
$9.99
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1986 1988 Leaf baseball cards lot of 303 Nolan Ryan, more Superstars
$9.99
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1985 FLEER #359 NOLAN RYAN ASTROS HOF PSA 9 B1881379-325
$5.99
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1991 Pacific Nolan Ryan "Texas Express" Trading Card Series - Factory Set
$5.59
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1975 TOPPS #7 NOLAN RYAN (NO-HITTERS) NRMT-MT B280
$9.80
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1993 SCORE #59 NOLAN RYAN RANGERS HOF PSA 10 B1844779-522
$23.99
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Nolan Ryan 1991 star Co Stellar Glossy,, 9 Card Set,, 1 of 500,,,Rare,,,Nr Mt Mt
$24.99
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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

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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 Jersey

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Active Listings for Nolan Ryan Signed Photographs

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Nolan Ryan JSA Signed Inscribed Framed 1975 Sports Illustrated Magazine Auto
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JSA Auth Signed Nolan Ryan "HOF 99" Auto 8x10 Photo Photograph Rare Inscription
$79.95
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Nolan Ryan The Fight 11x14 Signed Framed Texas Rangers Jsa
$174.99
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1979 Angels Team 24x Signed AL Baseball PSA DNA LOA w Nolan Ryan Brian Downing
$499.99
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Nolan Ryan 5,714 Strikeout Signed California Angels Spinneybeck Baseball PSA DNA
$399.99
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NOLAN RYAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA
$85.00
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NOLAN RYAN SIGNED OAL BASEBALL-JSA CERTIFIED- 300 GAME WINNER & HOF!
$69.99
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Nolan Ryan Autographed Signed MN Houston Astros Jersey PSA DNA #J57276
$295.00
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HANK AARON NOLAN RYAN PETE ROSE SIGNED ADIRONDACK BIG STICK BAT JSA
$499.99
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Nolan Ryan Express Ron Lewis 11x14 Poster Signed Autographed PSA DNA
$26.55
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NOLAN RYAN SIGNED AUTO 16x20 FIGHT VENTURA PHOTO COA STEINER
$120.00
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1979 Sports Illustrated AUTOGRAPHED Nolan Ryan - PSA Guarantee - Signed
$20.50
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HOF NOLAN RYAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO ASTROS STEINER CERTIFIED
$99.95
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HOF NOLAN RYAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO RANGERS STEINER CERTIFIED
$99.95
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NOLAN RYAN SIGNED OFFICIAL AL BASEBALL TEXAS RANGERS ASTROS NY METS ANGELS JSA
$89.99
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Nolan Ryan Signed Autographed Baseball Jsa Coa "The Ryan Express"
$69.00
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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

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