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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1971-72 Topps #1 Oscar Robertson Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Card 0c6
$46.00

1970-71 TOPPS OSCAR ROBERTSON CARD NM BUCKS #100
$22.49

1996 Topps Stars Imagine #I6 MICHAEL JORDAN OSCAR ROBERTSON
$20.00

1996 Topps Stars Imagine #I6 Michael Jordan Oscar Robertson - NM-MT
$18.75

1972-73 Topps Basketball #25 Oscar Robertson Milwaukee Bucks
$9.95

1970-71 Topps # 114 Oscar Robertson ALL-STAR - HOF - EX MT additional ship free
$14.00

1961-62 Kahns Basketball Complete SET: Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, J. Twyman
$1,483.35

8-Hall Monitors 3 Blue Oscar Robertson,Earl Monroe
$18.80

ACEO 2016 OSCAR ROBERTSON # 4 BUCKS 8 9 LIMITED HAND PAINT ART SKETCH CARD
$35.00

c1974 Orchem Promo Oscar Robertson Milwaukee Bucks Autographed Univ Cincinnati
$49.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON 14 15 PANINI FLAWLESS BASKETBALL BLUE SAPPHIRE GEM ENCASED #6 10
$49.50

1970-71 Topps #100 Oscar Robertson Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Card 0b2
$50.25

2014 Panini Totally Certified #BB-OR Oscar Robertson 5 Milwaukee Bucks Auto 0w0
$90.00

2004-05 Skybox LE LEgends of the Draft 1LD Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals 0q3
$6.00

2013-14 Panini Gold Standard #25 LeBron James Oscar Robertson 10 Miami Heat 1j6
$199.25

1981 TCMA NBA 1981-17 Oscar Robertson READ Cincinnati Royals Basketball Card 0f8
$6.25
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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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Big O Oscar Robertson Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Poster Display JSA Bucks
$149.99

Oscar Robertson SIGNED 8x12 Photo +64 MVP Cincinnati Royals PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$120.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON SIGNED SPALDING NBA A C BASKETBALL - PSA DNA - MILWAUKEE BUCKS
$104.95

NBA Oscar Robertson "Big O" Autographed Signed Advertisement Slabbed PSA DNA
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Oscar Robertson signed Milwaukee Bucks jersey size XL PSA
$100.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON SIGNED GAME ACTION 8X10 PHOTO - BUCKS - PSA DNA
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Oscar Robertson Signed Milwaukee Bucks Autographed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA #AA61164
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Oscar Robertson Signed Sport Heroes Magazine Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10435
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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 "The Big O" Photogaph Signed and Framed PSA Authentication COA
$114.99

OSCAR ROBERTSON SIGNED "THE BIG O" HARDCOVER BOOK! FULL NAME SIGNATURE! JSA!
$49.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON "THE BIG O" SIGNED AUTO AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 PHOTO PSA Bucks To MIKE
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Julius Erving Oscar Robertson Spalding Basketball Signed Auto PSA DNA V12455
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Milw Bucks OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed 16x20 Photo #2 AUTO - Hall of Fame - JSA!
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Milw Bucks OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed 16x20 Photo #1 AUTO - Hall of Fame - JSA!
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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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