Pedro Martinez Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Pedro Martinez

Date of Birth: 10/25/1971
Rookie Card Year: 1991
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

During his 18-year big league career, Pedro Martinez was one of the most feared pitchers to ever set foot on the mound. As a three-time, Cy Young Award winner, Pedro Martinez cards and autographed memorabilia are valued by a wide array of collectors. Being a key member of the team that brought Red Sox their first World Series Championship in 86 years endeared him to the team's fan base for life.

The lone Pedro Martinez rookie card can be found in 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition. At the time, his late-season cardboard debut went unnoticed by many collectors who may not have heard of the Dodgers' Dominican prospect.

Pedro Martinez has many minor league cards that often sell for more money than his rookie card. Hightlights of his minor league checklist include:

  • 1990 Great Falls Dodgers Sports Pro #12
  • 1991 Classic III #T55
  • 1991 Classic/Best #355
  • 1991 Bakersfield Dodgers Cal League #32
  • 1991 California League All-Stars #2
  • 1991 ProCards San Antonio Missions #2971
  • 1991 ProCards Tomorrow's Heroes #244

Pedro Martinez is another popular player whose first certified autograph card is part of the 1996 Leaf Signature Series set. As is the case with several other players within the set, Martinez has three signed cards, a base version with a known print run of 3,500 copies and two parallel versions, Silver (1,000 copies) and Gold (500 copies).

In 2000, both Fleer and Upper Deck would provide collectors with Pedro Martinez's first memorabilia cards. The most popular of these is 2000 SPx dual game-used cap and jersey card, which is serial numbered to 100.

Pedro Martinez retired in 2009. Since that time, he has been the highlight of several high-profile autograph events and sports collectibles shows. He is always glad to take a picture with requesting fans and still seems appreciative of his popularity despite being out of the game for several years. As would be expected, anything related to Boston's 2004 World Series with Martinez's signature on it carries a premium.

Top Early Pedro Martinez Cards

1990 Great Falls Dodgers Sports Pro Pedro Martinez#12

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This is one example of Martinez's cards that sells for higher than his rookie card. It is his very first baseball card and is most often found already graded, which can command a premium. That said, it's more affordable than a lot of other Hall of Fame minor league cards from his generation.

1991 Upper Deck Final Edition Pedro Martinez RC #2F

1991 Upper Deck Final Edition Pedro Martinez RC 215x300 Image

This set was produced late in the season after teams were allowed to expand their rosters to 40 players. Martinez's inclusion in the set gave Upper Deck the jump on other companies. As a result, this is his only rookie card. Even so, production was so vast that it carries very little value on the secondary market when you consider how great a pitcher he was.

1992 Bowman Pedro Martinez #92

1992 Bowman Pedro Martinez 211x300 Image

Sometimes the stars align and a second-year card is more popular than the rookie. Such is the case with the 1992 Bowman Pedro Martinez. Produced in smaller numbers and part of one of the most popular sets of the 1990s, this card carries more value than the 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition Pedro Martinez.

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1991 Upperdeck Final Edtion Pedro Martinez Rookie #2F lot of 3
$12.99
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2003 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric Game #138BA P.Martinez Expos BA 50 Jsy
$13.65
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2003 (BB) Studio Leather and Lumber #34 Pedro Martinez Bat 150
$10.65
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2003 SPx Game Used Combos #RY Nolan Ryan Patch Pedro Martinez Patch 10 10
$442.00
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2003 Topps Currency Connection PEDRO MARTINEZ Dominican Coin Card Boston Red Sox
$14.99
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2003 Upper Deck Game Face Gear #PM Pedro Martinez Jsy
$10.65
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2003 Upper Deck Leading Swatches #PM Pedro Martinez K Jsy
$7.10
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2014 Prizm Pedro Martinez Signature Distinctions ON CARD AUTO 25 BGS 9.5 POP 1
$250.00
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2003 Fleer Box Score Jersey Rack Quads #7 Zito Maddux Pedro Schilling Jsy
$22.75
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2003 Fleer Box Score Press Clippings Dual Patch #9 R.Clemens P.Martinez 100
$35.50
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2003 Fleer Box Score Press Clippings Dual #9 R.Clemens P.Martinez
$5.68
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2003 Fleer Focus JE Team Colors Game Jersey #PM Pedro Martinez Jsy
$5.10
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2003 Fleer Platinum Portraits Game Patch #PM Pedro Martinez 100
$36.40
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2003 Fleer Platinum Portraits Game Jersey #PM Pedro Martinez Jsy
$5.10
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2003 Fleer Platinum Nameplates #PM Pedro Martinez 244 PATCH
$17.75
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$11.49
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Autograph Guide

Pedro Martinez Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Pedro Martinez'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.

Pedro Martinez Cut Signature Exemplar

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Pedro Martinez Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Pedro Martinez 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. Martinez's signature is fluid, distinct, fairly legible and unique -- all the characteristics you want in a player's autograph.
  2. The "P" is over-sized in comparison to the rest of the letters. It displays a narrow oval loop with a tail that comes back and to the left of the vertical line.
  3. The letter "M" has very narrowly spaced humps and the right most vertical line has a small curl at the end.
  4. The letter "z" is expressed with a short squiggle line that drops below the plane. A horizontal oriented loop and long tail down and to the right finishes the signature.
  5. The other letters in both the first and last name are narrowly spaced together.

Pedro Martinez Signed Baseball Pricing

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PEDRO MARTINEZ Signed Big Stick Baseball Bat JSA
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PEDRO MARTINEZ AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MLB BASEBALL CY 97-99-00 PSA DNA
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PEDRO MARTINEZ AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MLB BASEBALL PSA DNA
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PEDRO MARTINEZ AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MLB BASEBALL 04 WS CHAMPS PSA DNA
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PEDRO MARTINEZ REDSOX,METS PSA DNA SIGNED MLB BASEBALL
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PEDRO MARTINEZ METS,RED SOX JSA COA SIGNED OFFICIAL LEAGUE BASEBALL
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Pedro Martinez Signed Baseball JSA-COA K04051 - Dodgers,Expos, Red Sox, Mets
$89.50
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Pedro Martinez Single Signed Baseball AUTO STEINER COA Dodgers Mets Red Sox
$41.00
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Pedro Martinez Single Signed Official Budig Baseball JSA
$200.00
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PEDRO MARTINEZ PSA DNA SIGNED GU FENWAY PARK 100TH YR ANNIVERSARY BASEBALL
$225.00
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Pedro Martinez signed auto OMLB PSA DNA Selig baseball Red Sox autographed
$89.99
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Pedro Martinez Autographed Signed Baseball OBML PSA DNA
$175.00
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Pedro Martinez Signed On Front Mets Away Grey Jersey Autograph - Steiner
$299.99
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PEDRO MARTINEZ (Phillies) signed baseball w PSA DNA COA
$159.95
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PEDRO MARTINEZ AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED OML BASEBALL W 04 WS CHAMPS BOSTON RED SOX JSA
$169.99
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Pedro Martinez Signed Baseball w 04 WS Champs - PSA DNA -Item #2066624
$269.99
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