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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1979 Topps # 116 Ozzie Smith Padres PSA 8 (MC)
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OZZIE SMITH 1979 Topps #116 Rookie HOF Cardinals PSA 5
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1987 Topps BASEBALL CARD Unopened Rack Pack MARK McGWIRE,OZZIE SMITH Showing
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1981 TOPPS LOT OF 10 OZZIE SMITH NM TO NM MT SAN DIEGO PADRES #254
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1996 TOPPS CHROME MASTER OF THE GAME OZZIE SMITH NM MT O C #MG5 REFRACTOR (002)
$9.00

1981 O-PEE-CHEE OPC OZZIE SMITH #254 PSA 8 MASTER SET CARD.
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Ozzie Smith - Tony Gwynn - Topps Donruss - All Stars - 1988-1992 - Set of 8
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OZZIE SMITH 1982 FLEER #582 SGC 98 10 GEM MINT - PADRES
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1979 Topps #116 Ozzie Smith Rookie HOFer BV $60.00 Excellent Condition
$10.00

2006 Topps Sterling White Suede Ozzie Smith numbered 28 50 One of the Greats!
$10.00

1980 Topps Ozzie Smith San Diego Padres #393 Baseball Card PSA 8
$12.00

OZZIE SMITH 2014 TOPPS SERIES 2 COMMEMORATIVE PATCH CARD NICE !!!
$6.00

1982 Ozzie Smith Topps traded card RARE PSA graded nm 7
$12.00

OZZIE SMITH 2006 TOPPS STERLING AUTOGRAPH 10 10
$225.00

1991 Post Cereal (Canada) Ozzie Smith with Blank-Back
$14.50

200 CARD LOT OZZIE SMITH 1986 leaf,1987 OPENING DAY & LEAF, ST LOUIS CARDINALS
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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 Cardinals HOF'r Signed Autograph Gold Glove Baseball JSA COA
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OZZIE SMITH SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA CARDINALS HOF
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Ozzie Smith Hot! signed Cardinals 8x10 PSA DNA PROOF!!
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Ozzie Smith Signed 11x14 Champagne Celebration JSA COA
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Ozzie Smith signed St Louis Cardinals Cooperstown Home (White) Jersey - JSA
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Ozzie Smith signed St Louis Cardinals Official Home (White) Jersey - JSA
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OZZIE SMITH 1979 TOPPS RC CARD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA GEM 10 AUTO #83729443
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Ozzie Smith Signed Autograph Auto 1988 All Star Ball Baseball Stl Cardinals PSA
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OZZIE SMITH SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO ST. LOUIS CARDINALS JSA
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CARDINALS OZZIE SMITH SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #J07290
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Ozzie Smith Autographed Signed GG Baseball "13X GG" PSA DNA Graded 10 # G60064
$159.00

Ozzie Smith Signed Autographed Official MLB with HOF 02 JSA
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Ozzie Smith Signed Baseball St. Louis Cardinals Steiner
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Ozzie Smith AUTOGRAPH STEINER ML BASEBALL "THE WIZARD" SIGNED
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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS OZZIE SMITH SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA CERTIFIED
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1987 World Series Gateway Cachet Signed Set KIRBY PUCKETT OZZIE SMITH ++ PSA DNA
$795.00
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