Oscar Robertson Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Oscar Robertson

Date of Birth: 11/24/1938
Rookie Card Year: 1961-62
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Oscar Robertson is among the greatest guards in NBA history and one of the most versatile players from the early period of professional basketball. Nicknamed "The Big O," Oscar Robertson cards and autographs maintain strong values.

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After a stellar high school career in Indiana, Oscar Robertson elected to play college basketball at the University of Cincinnati. The only thing that missing from his impressive college career was an NCAA title, although Robertson did lead the team to two Final Four appearances.  When Oscar Robertson left the University of Cincinnati for the NBA in 1960, he did so as as the all-time NCAA scoring leader and a three-time College Player of the Year. His scoring record would be later broken by Pete Maravich. Robertson also led team USA to the 1960 Gold Medal as a member of the amateur Olympic basketball team.

As it happened, the local pro team, the Cincinnati Royals, held the first pick in the 1960 NBA Draft. They selected Oscar Robertson with their territorial pick, but he is still viewed as the number one overall pick because Cincinnati would have taken him either way. He immediately lived up to that selection and was named the 1961 NBA Rookie of the Year. From there, Robertson saw considerable success, including an MVP award in 1964. In 1970, the 12-time NBA All-Star was surprisingly traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. Paired with Lew Alcindor, Oscar Robertson won his only title during that first season with the Bucks and spent his final four years with the team.

Oscar Robertson retired in 1974 and was inducted into the Basketball HOF in 1980. Of particular note, Oscar Robertson is the first and only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season. He achieved that feat during the 1961-62 season, averaging 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game.

From a cardboard perspective, Oscar Robertson's career is sparse. Outside of his 1961-62 Fleer rookie, official NBA cards were not available again until 1970. However, since his retirement, collectors have seen a gradual increase in cards. Robertson has been regularly featured in products since the late-1990s and although his autographed cards remain rare, they have become more common in recent years. The best place to look for Oscar Robertson autograph cards is with recent Panini or Leaf products.

Oscar Robertson Rookie Cards

1960-61 Kahn's Wieners Oscar Robertson

Collectors looking for the very first Oscar Robertson card to depict him as a pro might be a bit surprised. Proclaiming the tagline, " The Wiener The World Awaited," Kahn's Wieners issued a 12-card set featuring Royals' players and also Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers. Slightly oversized (3-1/4" x 3-15/16"), these black-and-white cards are mostly considered oddball. Nevertheless, they remain an intriguing option for collectors  short on available vintage cards for "The Big O."

1960-61 Kahn's Wieners Oscar Robertson

1961-62 Fleer Oscar Robertson RC #36

The only official rookie card for Oscar Robertson is also fortunate to come in one of the best-looking sets of all-time. 1961-62 Fleer is a cardboard masterpiece and these popular cards are the only major release of the decade. The red-orange combo works nicely with the black-and-white image of Oscar Robertson. Centering remains an issue, but even low grade or raw versions go for around $100.

1961-62 Fleer Oscar Robertson RC #36

1961-62 Fleer Oscar Robertson #61

A cheaper alternative for collectors, Oscar Robertson's second card in 1961-62 Fleer is part of the "In Action" subset.

1961-62 Fleer Oscar Robertson #61

Top eBay Listings

1961-62 Fleer Basketball Oscar Robertson Rookie Card # 36
$470.00

oscar robertson and jack twymann dual signed 7.5 by 11 magazine photo
$200.00

1970 Topps #114 Oscar Robertson Basketball Card ( #121G)
$14.00

1996 TOPPS #I-6 MICHAEL JORDAN & OSCAR ROBERTSON BACKCOURT GIANTS HOF 5114
$15.96

2006-07 (BUCKS) Topps Triple Threads Gold #96 Oscar Robertson 99
$8.00

2006-07 (BUCKS) Topps Turkey Red Black #233 Oscar Robertson
$5.00

1974 Topps #91 Bucks Team Leaders - Oscar Robertson EX G1542
$5.75

1961 Fleer Oscar Robertson RC HOF AUTO Inscription "Bucks 71 World Champs"
$600.00

2014-15 PANINI PRIZM #187 OSCAR ROBERTSON BLUE REFRACTOR SP #48 49 BUCKS, 120714
$9.56

1974-75 Topps #55 Oscar Robertson BUCKS NM G29866 - NM
$15.00

2002-03 Upper Deck Generations All-Time Authentics #OR Oscar Robertson C52232
$25.00

1970-71 TOPPS OSCAR ROBERTSON ALL-STAR # 114 SGC 88 8 NM MT L@@K BIG O
$120.00

Oscar Robertson #05 10 2014-15 National Treasures Greats Gold Proof AUTO HOF SSP
$52.63

1974-75 Topps Kareem, Oscar Robertson Leaders #91 NM
$5.00

2005 Oscar Robertson Ultimate Collection Triple Jersey 5 25
$59.99

2010 NATIONAL TREASURES OSCAR ROBERTSON SIGNATURE PATCHES AUTO PATCH 15 53
$99.99
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Autograph Guide

Oscar Robertson Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Oscar Robertson'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. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories, to name a few.

Oscar Robertson Cut Signature Exemplar

Oscar Robertson Cut Signature

Oscar Robertson Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Oscar Robertson signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. Oscar Robertson signs in large cursive and his writing is very legible. Instead of signing his full name, Robertson is also known to sign just "Big O" or "The Big O."
  2. The signature begins with a large "O" that normally makes a full circle.
  3. The pen lifts and then "s-c-a-r" is written out clearly. The "s" is not normally connected on the bottom, looking more like an "r."
  4. A large "R" immediately transitions into "o-b-e-r-t-s-o-n." All letters are legible and easily distinguished.
  5. The "b" is reminiscent of a "k" and the "t" is normally crossed.

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Oscar Robertson Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Oscar Robertson signed 2008 sportkings PSA DNA
$159.95

Oscar Robertson Signed Sport Heroes Magazine Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10435
$79.00

Oscar Robertson Signed SI Magazine Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10437
$99.00

Oscar Robertson Signed SI Magazine Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10436
$99.00

Oscar Robertson Signed Bucks Jersey - PSA DNA COA U99649
$170.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed 2008 SPORT KINGS basketball Card #101 - PSA DNA slabbed
$75.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed Hall of Fame HOF Postcard - PSA DNA slabbed
$85.00

Julius Erving Oscar Robertson Spalding Basketball Signed Auto PSA DNA V12455
$249.00

Oscar Robertson Signed MacGregor Collegiate Basketball PSA DNA S83639
$150.00

Oscar Robertson Autographed Signed Sport Magazine Bucks PSA DNA #X62821
$79.00

Oscar Robertson Autographed Signed SI Magazine Milwaukee Bucks PSA DNA #X62823
$79.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed Cincinnati Royals Basketball Jersey-PSA DNA Authenticated
$450.00

ROYALS & BUCKS OSCAR ROBERTSON SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO "BIG O" JSA
$50.00

Oscar "BIG O" Robertson Signed FDC Cover Framed Photo Collage PSA BEARCATS BUCKS
$311.11

OSCAR ROBERTSON BUCKS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED JERSEY
$325.00

Oscar Robertson SIGNED 12x18 Photo Cincinnati Royals PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$135.00
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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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