Ozzie Smith Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Ozzie Smith

Date of Birth: 12/26/1954
Rookie Card Year: 1979
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Despite being retired from the game for several years, Ozzie Smith baseball cards and autographed memorabilia remain incredibly popular with collectors. A gifted athlete, his prowess in the field was a spectacle to watch. His situational hitting and speed on the base paths ensured no one left for the concession stands when he was up to bat.

With a resumé that includes 15 All-Star appearances, 13 Gold Gloves and a World Series Championship, Ozzie Smith became an adopted son in St. Louis and a fan favorite.

His two rookie cards are part of the 1979 Topps and O-Pee-Chee Baseball sets. Both picture him as a member of the San Diego Padres. Many people still find it difficult to see him in that uniform despite playing on the team for four seasons. He also has a 1979 Hostess food panel card that is popular with collectors.

Ozzie Smith's first certified autograph cards were issued in 1997 Donruss Elite. They are part of the Passing the Torch insert set. He has both a single-signed card and one where he's paired with Derek Jeter's signature. Both cards are serial numbered to 150.

In 1999, Upper Deck produced Smith's first memorabilia card. It is part of the 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends set and is an unnumbered jersey card.

Ozzie Smith's signature smile, both on and off the field, endeared him to collectors. To this day, that smile still exists when he is signing for fans. He willingly participates in signing events. It's been said that the in-person experience is one a collector will never forget due to his upbeat personality and  mutual respect for his fans.

Ozzie Smith Rookie Card Checklist

1979 O-Pee-Chee Ozzie Smith RC #52

1979 OPC Ozzie Smith RC

As is the case with many O-Pee-Chee and Topps products, the key differences between the two, are the logo on the front and the bilingual back. This card is very popular with player collectors attempting to put together a comprehensive Ozzie Smith collection. This is particularly true when pursuing the card in a specific grade. It is well known for being miscut. As a result, professionally graded copies that earn a high grade command a significant premium.

1979 Topps Ozzie Smith RC #116

1979 Topps Ozzie Smith RC

The Topps card is easier to find in high-grade due to the fact that it is often better centered. While still a condition issue, the card is not impacted to the degree of the O-Pee-Chee Ozzie Smith rookie card.

Top eBay Listings

1979 TOPPS " # 116 OZZIE SMITH Rookie Card " ( Gd. Cond. off center
$7.99

1979 Topps Ozzie Smith #116 Baseball Card with PSA DNA Certified Autograph
$70.00

Ozzie Smith 2015 Topps Finest Greats Refractor on-card Auto - ST LOUIS CARDINALS
$97.49

2010 Topps OZZIE SMITH 1987 All-Star Game Commemorative Patch!
$7.79

1979 Topps #116 Ozzie Smith VG-EX 41219
$13.00

2003 Timeless Treasures Game Worn World Series Jersey Card Ozzie Smith #'d 75
$74.99

1996 TOPPS CHROME MASTER OF THE GAME OZZIE SMITH NM+ CARDINALS REFRACTOR
$12.00

1982 TOPPS TRADED #109T OZZIE SMITH CARDINALS HOF MINT
$29.99

1985 TOPPS # 605 OZZIE SMITH PSA NM-MT 8 CARD...................... ..........DM
$6.90

H.O.F. OZZIE SMITH 1989 UPPER DECK #265 MT+ Sharp - Clean - Cards Investmet Lot
$79.00

1981 Topps # 254 Ozzie Smith PSA NM-MT 8 21483061
$7.90

1981 Topps # 95 Ozzie Smith PSA Mint 9 (OC) 21483056
$8.75

2013 (CARDINALS) Hometown Heroes Nicknames Gold #17 Ozzie Smith
$6.00

1989 TOPPS ALL-STAR #389 OZZIE SMITH CARDINALS HOF PSA 10 B1995789-756
$11.99

1979 Topps #116 Ozzie Smith RC EX+ C803818
$22.31

1979 Topps #116 Ozzie Smith RC EX+ C803819
$22.31
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Autograph Guide

Ozzie Smith Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ozzie Smith'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 companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Ozzie Smith Cut Signature Exemplar:

Ozzie Smith Signature Example

Ozzie Smith Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ozzie Smith 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. Ozzie Smith has a beautiful signature with easily legible letters in both the first and last names.
  2. The "O" is the largest letter and is created as a double exposure with a smaller "o" inset in the larger cirlce.
  3. Both of the "z"s are perfectly shaped with a numeric 2 connecting to a small elongated oval-looped tail. Both loops are set on a slight angle and fall below the vertical plane.
  4. The "i" is dotted. Despite being very small there is an opening visible in the "e."
  5. The "S' is classic cursive. The "m" has the required humps.
  6. The "i" is again dotted.
  7. The "t" is crossed. The line extends to the left longer than the right.
  8. The "h" is very small and more implied.

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OZZIE SMITH AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL ST LOUIS CARDINALS (NAME ONLY) JSA
$59.99

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS OZZIE SMITH SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA CERTIFIED
$36.95

THE WIZARD!!! Ozzie Smith CARDINALS Signed SAN DIEGO PADRES 8x10 Photo #1 PSA
$60.00

THE WIZARD!!! Ozzie Smith PADRES Signed ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 8x10 Photo #2 PSA
$60.00

Ozzie Smith 2013 Leaf Masterpiece Cut Signature 1 1 signed auto card PSA DNA BGS
$74.99

Ozzie Smith SIGNED 8X10 Stat Photo Autographed JSA COA St. Louis Cardinals
$54.99

OZZIE SMITH SIGNED PSA DNA NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$62.00

1979 Topps #116 OZZIE SMITH Signed Rookie Autograph Card PSA DNA Slabbed
$83.00

OZZIE SMITH JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1985 TOPPS 5X7 AUTOGRAPH
$44.00

1979 TOPPS OZZIE SMITH ROOKIE AUTO SIGNATURE SIGNED "HOFER" JSA AUTHENTICATED RC
$99.99

OZZIE SMITH HOF 02 PSA SIGNED BALL & HARTLAND FIGURINE
$75.00

Ozzie Smith 1982 Fleer #582 Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$32.99

1987 World Series Gateway Cachet Signed Set KIRBY PUCKETT OZZIE SMITH ++ PSA DNA
$795.00

PSA DNA Authentic Signed Ozzie Smith Rawlings 1982 World Series Baseball Ball
$119.99

PSA DNA Authentic Signed Ozzie Smith 1994 Rawlings Prosignia Cardinals Bat Auto
$119.99

Ozzie Smith SIGNED 8X10 Photo Autographed JSA COA St. Louis Cardinals HOF
$49.99
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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