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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1985 DONRUSS #59 OZZIE SMITH St. Louis Cardinals PSA 10 GEM MINT
$21.97
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Cardinals 65 card lot STARS Albert Pujols Willie McGee Matt Holliday Ozzie Smith
$7.99
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2013 Topps Commemorative ROOKIE Patch #RCP-11 OZZIE SMITH - SAN DIEGO PADRES
$10.30
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OZZIE SMITH 1995 Upper Deck Collectors Choice Gold SIGNATURE #200 Insert MINT
$13.99
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Ozzie Smith 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game Cardinals Greats Game Used Bat Card
$12.25
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ozzie smith 1993 pinnacle card #7 of 10 team pinnacle w p.listach rare hot
$11.49
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Ozzie Smith - GU Jersey UDL
$9.99
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Ozzie Smith 1985 Leaf-DonRuss Fold out pop-up Figure
$5.00
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1979 Topps # 116 Ozzie Smith NM "Rookie" (B3720)
$49.99
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1979 Topps # 116 Ozzie Smith "Rookie" HOF XM (B4826)
$44.95
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1979 Topps # 116 Ozzie Smith EX "Rookie" HOF (B3722)
$21.99
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6 1970's Star Rookie lot. Ozzie Smith, Winfield, Molitor Trammell, Carter, Fisk
$28.76
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2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini #202B Ozzie Smith SP VAR
$5.00
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1988 St Louis Cardinals Wall Calendar Ozzie Smith Whitey Herzog
$9.99
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1984 NAPPCO Unopened Pack 6 Ozzie Smith (2) Tom Seaver Mike Schmidt Dale Murphy
$55.00
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1980 TOPPS OZZIE SMITH
$5.00
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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 10.25x9.75 Magazine Cover PSA DNA Auto Autograph W30048
$29.00
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1990 CARDINALS TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL JSA HOLO COA OZZIE SMITH SCHOENDIENST COLEMN
$149.99
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Ozzie Smith Signed 1979 Topps - PSA DNA
$59.00
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OZZIE SMITH SIGNED RAWLINGS OML BASEBALL ST LOUIS CARDINALS JSA
$76.49
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1988 Topps Kmart OZZIE SMITH Signed Rare Card GAI Slabbed Auto Cardinals HOF
$44.95
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1978 Padres F.F.C. Ozzie Smith Signed Pre Rookie Autograph PSA DNA 10 Gem Mint!!
$229.00
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1978 Padres F.F.C.Set w Ozzie Smith Signed Pre Rookie Autograph PSA DNA 9 Mint!
$109.00
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OZZIE SMITH SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED AUTO INDEX CARD PSA DNA SLABBED
$40.00
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Ozzie Smith Signed 16x20 Photo AUTO JSA COA St Louis Cardinals HOF
$21.50
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Ozzie Smith 1982 Fleer #582 Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$38.99
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OZZIE SMITH SIGNED PSA DNA 5X7 1986 TOPPS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$45.00
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PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED 1987 DONRUSS #5 OZZIE SMITH DIAMOND KING SIGNED HOF
$36.99
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OZZIE SMITH SIGNED WIZARD GOLD GLOVE ALL STAR WORLD SERIES CHAMP HOF PSA 10 BALL
$123.49
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Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals 1995 Topps Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$28.99
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Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals 1983 Fleer Stickers Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$28.99
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Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals 1995 Score Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$28.99
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