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

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2013-14 National Treasures Signatures Oscar Robertson 02 25 AUTO Milwaukee Bucks
$100.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON Leaf Legends Auto 10 10 HOF LAST 1 CARD MADE AUTOGRAPH BIG O 1
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2012 -13 ABSOLUTE #149 SP OSCAR ROBERTSON 15 25 SPECTRUM
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1961 62 FLEER BASKETBALL #36 OSCAR ROBERTSON HoF CENTERED ROOKIE RC EX++++
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Milwaukee Bucks Oscar Robertson Signature Legend Player Print
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Oscar Robertson 1977 Sports Deck Gem Mint 10
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Oscar Robertson BigO 1964 Kahn's Wieners facing front Cincinnati Royals Ex
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10CT ALL OSCAR ROBERTSON ACTION PACKED 1992 PROMO
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08-09 Ud Black Letter Oscar Robertson #5 5 !!
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2008 09 Upper Deck SkyBox Ruby Oscar Robertson CU 50
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1969 TOPPS RULERS OSCAR ROBERTSON NM CINCINNATI ROYALS #24
$45.00

1973 -74 - OSCAR ROBERTSON - Topps Basketball Card # 70 - Millwaukee Bucks
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OSCAR ROBERTSON Bucks 1970-71 Topps Basketball Card
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1971-72 topps basketball Oscar Robertson HOF
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Oscar Robertson Milwaukee Bucks Signature Legend Player Print
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2009-10 SP Game Used Moses Malone Olajuwon Oscar Robertson Wilkins Jersey 02 75
$49.99
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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

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Oscar Robertson SIGNED 11x14 Photo + HOF 79 FULL SIGNATURE PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$135.00

SAM JONES OSCAR ROBERTSON Autographed Signed CELTICS vs ROYALS 8x10 Photo PSA
$79.99

JERRY WEST OSCAR ROBERTSON Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo PSA Y52261
$139.99

OSCAR ROBERTSON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MILWAUKEE BUCKS SPALDING BASKETBALL JSA
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Oscar Robertson SIGNED 8x10 Photo Cincinnati FULL SIGNATURE PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$135.00

JERRY WEST AND OSCAR ROBERTSON DUAL SIGNED INSCRIBED PHOTO FRAMED TO 20X24 PSA
$149.99

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed FDC PSA DNA First Day Cover NBA Hall of Fame - The Big O
$99.95

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed Outdoor NBA Basketball-JSA Authenticated
$195.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON NBA HOF LEGEND PSA DNA SIGNED BLACK MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL B
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Oscar Robertson signed Bucks Jersey Autograph inscribed "71 Champs" PSA DNA COA
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OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed Limited Ed.#430 of 980 17x26 Framed Photo Print -JSA Auth
$275.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON SIGNED DELTA BOARDING PASS JSA CERTED FDC AUTOGRAPH
$89.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed CICINNATI ROYALS 11x14 Photo + PSA DNA COA Y81224
$79.00

Oscar Robertson SIGNED Sports Illustrated Print ITP PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$165.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON signed CINCINNATI 16x20 photo + JSA Witness COA W641356
$75.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON signed MILWAUKEE 16x20 photo + JSA COA W641351 vs Jerry West
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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.

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