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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1979 Topps Ozzie Smith RC #116 Padres PSA 8 NM MT
$119.99
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St. Louis Cardinals Ozzie Smith 1989 Upper Deck Baseball Card Plaque
$9.95
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Padres 1979 OPC O-Pee-Chee Baseball set 9 cards vg-mint Ozzie Smith Rookie
$75.00
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Ozzie smith legendary game jersey.
$5.00
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1993 SCORE #532 OZZIE SMITH PSA 10 B1526880
$5.99
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San Diego Padres 370 CARD LOT 1975-later! 26 AUTOGRAPHS! Ozzie Smith Tony Gwynn
$37.50
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1979 topps #116 OZZIE SMITH st louis cardinals rookie card BGS BCCG 8
$35.00
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OZZIE SMITH 1981 Topps #254 BGS BVG NM-MT 8
$9.99
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1979-1981 Topps Ozzie Smith Collection Padres (4 Cards) SGC 92
$10.00
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OZZIE SMITH JKA BUTTON BLANK BACK TEST PROOF L#45
$7.95
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1981 Topps + Traded San Diego Padres NM Team Set (33) Ozzie Smith Dave Winfield
$5.95
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HAND MADE PLAQUE OF OZZIE SMITH 1986 TOPPS CARD NO. 730
$5.00
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1990 Upper Deck Team Set- Sealed- STL Cardinals -Brunansky Carpenter Ozzie Smith
$10.00
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05 SP LEGENDARY CUTS RYNE SANDBERG & OZZIE SMITH DUAL AUTO #D 15
$169.95
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RARE 1989 Ozzie Smith Barry Colla Set 1 - 8 complete
$54.39
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3 Box lot 1990 Topps DoubleHeaders sealed Nolan Ryan Ozzie Smith RC rookie cards
$25.00
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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 8x10 Photo Framed Steiner Sports
$65.00
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Ozzie Smith Signed OMLB w HOF 02. PSA
$65.00
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OZZIE SMITH AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MLB BASEBALL THE WIZARD PSA DNA
$79.00
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OZZIE SMITH HOF 02 'THE WIZARD" SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED M.L. BASEBALL JSA COA #K52520
$129.99
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OZZIE SMITH AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MLB BASEBALL HOF 2 PSA DNA
$79.00
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OZZIE SMITH AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MLB GOLD GLOVE BASEBALL 13X GG PSA DNA
$89.00
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Ozzie Smith signed 8x10 autographed photo St Louis Cardinals PSA Q85452
$100.00
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OZZIE SMITH JSA AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH LEAGUE BASEBALL SIGNED
$55.00
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Ozzie Smith CARDINALS Signed PSA DNA 8x10 Photo HOF - Great Auto!
$74.95
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OZZIE SMITH , SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO , CARDINALS , HOF , JSA
$29.99
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PSA DNA OZZIE SMITH "HOF 02" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED CARDINALS 8X10 PHOTOGRAPH T57997
$49.91
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PSA DNA OZZIE SMITH "HOF 02" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED CARDINALS 8X10 PHOTOGRAPH T57999
$49.91
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PSA DNA OZZIE SMITH "HOF 02" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED CARDINALS 8X10 PHOTOGRAPH P16988
$49.91
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1979 OPC O-PEE-CHEE #52 Ozzie Smith signed PSA DNA PSA 6 SAN DIEGO PADRES HOF
$79.99
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OZZIE SMITH ST.LOUIS CARDINALS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
$150.00
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Ozzie Smith Cardinals Inscribed The Wizard Signed 16x20 Photo JSA w512601
$99.00
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