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 214x300 Image

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 212x300 Image

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.

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1994 BOWMANS BEST OZZIE SMITH
$15.00
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2010 FAMOUS FABRICS "FAMOUS NICKNAMES" OZZIE SMITH GAME USED MEMORABILIA 01 09
$17.50
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1979 Ozzie Smith O-Pee-Chee #52 Rookie Card RC BVG 9.5 GEM MINT! 1 5 RARE!!!
$5,999.99
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CAL RIPKEN,MIKE PIAZZA,CHIPPER JONES,BELLE,OZZIE SMITH RARE FANFEST 9 CARD LOT
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1979 Topps Baseball - Complete 726 Card Set Good Condition! OZZIE SMITH RC!
$42.00
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Lot of 1987 Fleer Award Winner Cards Jose Canseco ROY Ozzie Smith Joe Carter
$6.99
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1989 Kenner Starting Lineup Ozzie Smith PSA 9 LOW POP2 No 10s SLU STL *BK
$24.74
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OZZIE SMITH BLANKBACK STICKER 4 X 8 W COMIC
$35.00
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OZZIE SMITH 2005 UPPER DECK HALL OF FAME WORTHY AUTOGRAPH LOGO 1 1
$1,250.00
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OZZIE SMITH Yount APARICIO 05 UD HALL OF FAME Signs of Cooperstown Autograph 2 5
$210.00
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1986 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Lot of 143 Ozzie Smith,Molitor,Garvey,Eckersley,Gibson
$14.99
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1982 TOPPS TRADED OZZIE SMITH #109T MINT Cardinals RARE *89
$18.99
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1982 TOPPS TRADED OZZIE SMITH #109T MINT Cardinals RARE *90
$18.99
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1982 TOPPS TRADED OZZIE SMITH #109T MINT Cardinals RARE *91
$14.99
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1982 TOPPS TRADED OZZIE SMITH #109T MINT Cardinals RARE *92
$14.99
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1979 Topps #116 OZZIE SMITH BVG 6
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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 Image

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 Signed Cardinals 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA 1985 World Series Picture #1
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Ozzie Smith Signed Omlb Jsa Coa
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Ozzie Smith Signed 1982 World Series Cardinals Baseball Blue Jersey JSA COA
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OZZIE SMITH MARIANO DUNCAN PSA DNA SIGNED 1991 TOPPS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
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Ozzie Smith Signed ins "HOF 2002" ONL Baseball Autograph w case Steiner COA
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OZZIE SMITH PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
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Ozzie Smith Autographed Signed HOF Postcard PSA DNA
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CARDINALS OZZIE SMITH AUTHENTIC SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 1987 PSA DNA #Q12362
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Ozzie Smith Autographed Signed St. Louis Cardinals 16x20 Photo PSA DNA #L62393
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HOF CARDINALS OZZIE SMITH SIGNED 1992 TOPPS CARD #760 PSA DNA SLABBED
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Ozzie Smith Signed Autographed Baseball Official Rawlings MLB Ball JSA COA
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Ozzie Smith 2002 Hall of Fame inductee signed baseball PSA DNA
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OZZIE SMITH CARDINALS SIGNED BECKETT MAGAZINE AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH JSA #I00144
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Ozzie Smith Signed Baseball JSA Autograph William White National *RARE w
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OZZIE SMITH PSA DNA SIGNED 1988 FLEER AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$45.00
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OZZIE SMITH PSA DNA SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
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