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.

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OZZIE SMITH 1992 Stadium Club ERROR Mem Only Scoreboard 2000th Hit BLANK FRONT
$13.25

OZZIE SMITH 1992 Stadium Club ERROR Members Only Scoreboard 7000th BLANK FRONT
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OZZIE SMITH CARDINALS-2014 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS GOLD-#39 73 99
$5.75

1979 Topps Baseball Set#1-726 CARLTON MUNSON ROSE GARDNER OZZIE SMITH LEMONGELLO
$100.00

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

1991 TOPPS MICRO OZZIE SMITH #130
$5.00

2002 FLEER TRADITION FIRST DAY IN HISTORY OZZIE SMITH GAME JERSEY, BOX 50
$14.49

1981 Topps Ozzie Smith HOF (#254) PSA9 PSA
$14.95

1981 Topps Ozzie Smith HOF (#254) BCCG10 BCCG
$14.95

1981 Topps1980 Record Breaker (#207) (Ozzie Smith) BCCG10 BCCG
$12.95

1996 pinnacle starburst #39 OZZIE SMITH st louis cardinals BGS BCCG 10
$6.00

1994 Finest #136 Ozzie Smith
$5.00

1990 Donruss Ozzie Smith #201 Baseball Card Aqueous Test PSA 8
$149.99

1991 Topps Cracker Jack Mini BLANKBACK ERROR - Ozzie Smith -5 of them READ
$10.00

1981 TOPPS # 254 OZZIE SMITH PSA 8 NM-MT
$5.99

1979 Topps Ozzie Smith RC #116 San Diego Padres
$49.99
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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 ROOKIE SIGNED PSA DNA 1979 TOPPS OPC CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$89.00

Ozzie Smith The Wizzard Signed Rawlings ONL Baseball JSA COA
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Ozzie Smith Framed 16x20 Photo Signed PSA DNA COA Autographed St Louis Cardin...
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OZZIE SMITH ST. LOUIS CARDINALS HOF 2002 SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO W JSA COA #K03701
$69.99

Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals Signed 16x20 Jump Catch Photo The Wizard JSA
$147.00

Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo JSA W740832
$69.00

1985 World Series Game 7 Game Used Baseball Signed George Brett Ozzie Smith PSA
$4,999.99

OZZIE SMITH HOF SIGNED STAT BASEBALL- MINT PSA 5A59204 STL CARDS
$100.00

OZZIE SMITH STL SIGNED AUTO 1996 N.L. DIVISION SERIES BASEBALL JSA COA #L52140
$101.99

OZZIE SMITH SIGNED VINTAGE 1984 INSIDE SPORTS MAGAZINE - **PSA DNA GUARANTEED**
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OZZIE SMITH PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
$74.00

Ozzie Smith Signed Index Card Cardinals HOF JSA COA
$69.99

OZZIE SMITH AUTOGRAPHED HAND SIGNED CARDINALS MINI BATTING HELMET 82 WS PSA DNA
$149.99

Ozzie Smith Index Card PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph Signed *4728
$39.00

Ozzie Smith Signed Cardinals 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA 1985 World Series Picture #1
$74.99

OZZIE SMITH "WIZARD OF OZ" SIGNED BLACK LEATHER MLB BASEBALL PSA DNA COA
$40.78
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