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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St. Louis Cardinals Ozzie Smith 1989 Upper Deck Baseball Card Plaque
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OZZIE SMITH SPORTKINGS SERIES B (#100) base
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2009 SP Legendary Cuts Generations Dual Jersey Relic Ozzie Smith Khalil Greene
$6.99
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1979 TOPPS OZZIE SMITH ROOKIE
$20.00
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1997 DONRUSS ELITE #125 OZZIE SMITH CARDINALS HOF POP 6 PSA 10 B1730701-319
$9.99
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1994 STADIUM CLUB TEAM FINEST #11 OZZIE SMITH HOF PSA 10 B1730673-624
$8.99
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1979 79 TOPPS BASEBALL COMPLETE SET EXMT 1-726 IN BINDER SHEETS, OZZIE SMITH RC!
$99.99
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1994 UPPER DECK #278 OZZIE SMITH CARDINALS HOF POP 4 PSA 10 B1730678-288
$8.99
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Lot of 8 Ozzie Smith 1989 Fleer League Leaders Card #35 St Louis Cardinals HOF
$6.00
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1979 Topps #116 Ozzie Smith RC Rookie HOF Padres PSA 7 NM
$39.99
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2003 FLAIR GREATS CLASSIC NUMBERS GAME USED Jersey #11 OZZIE SMITH JSY
$11.99
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1986 TOPPS #730 OZZIE SMITH CARDINALS HOF PSA 9 B1799425-448
$7.99
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Ozzie Smith 1982 World Series Signed Autographed Gateway Stamp FDC Cachet
$13.50
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OZZIE SMITH-2014-TOPPS SER 2 ROOKIE CLASS OF 1978-CLASS RING CARD#CR-46-PADRES
$8.00
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1981 Topps #254 Ozzie Smith - NM-MT
$5.00
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2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Ozzie Smith EXT Mini from RIP #392 SSP
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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:

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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 HOF Postcard PSA DNA
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OZZIE SMITH HAND SIGNED OFFICIAL NL BASEBALL JSA HOF
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OZZIE SMITH Autographed Signed 8x10 Framed Photo TRISTAR COA Cardinals Patch HOF
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OZZIE SMITH AUTO'D SIGNED MLB BASEBALL PSA DNA COA ST LOUIS CARDINALS PADRES HOF
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Ozzie Smith signed Blue Cardinals Jersey, GAI COA!
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OZZIE SMITH SIGNED CARDINALS 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH JSA #J53966
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Ozzie Smith Signed Auto St. Louis Cardinals Jersey JSA LOA #X32379 The Wizard
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Cardinals Ozzie Smith Signed Authentic 8x10 Photo Autographed Psa Dna
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1980 Topps #393 Ozzie Smith HOF Autograph PSA DNA Signed San Diego Padres
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OZZIE SMITH AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO SIGNED HALL OF FAME ST. LOUIS CARDINALS JSA COA
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OZZIE SMITH SIGNED CARDINALS OFFICIAL MLB BASEBALL JSA COA #F16137
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OZZIE SMITH AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO VS. KC THE WIZARD PSA DNA
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Ozzie Smith SIGNED 8x10 Photo St. Louis Cardinals PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
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OZZIE SMITH SIGNED CARDINALS 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH JSA #I82433
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Ozzie Smith Signed Signature Cut 3x5 Card JSA COA HOF
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Ozzie Smith Signed Official MLB Baseball TriStar Hologram CTBL 008275b
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