Pete Maravich Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Pete Maravich

Date of Birth: 6/22/1947
Rookie Card Year: 1970-71
Investment Rating: 7.0


Few players have achieved the near-mythical status associated with Pete Maravich. Generally viewed as one of the most innovative offensive players in NBA history, "Pistol Pete" cards and autographs are in high demand.

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Pete Maravich first emerged on the major basketball scene during his time at LSU. Playing for his father, who was the head coach, Maravich averaged over 43 points per game during all three varsity seasons, a fact made even more impressive since the three-point line had not been instituted. After finishing his collegiate career, Maravich declared for the 1970 NBA Draft and was selected third overall by the Atlanta Hawks.

Maravich would go on to play ten seasons in the league, spending most of his career with the Hawks and New Orleans Jazz. Regular problems associated with his knees slowed "Pistol Pete" in his later years and forced his retirement in 1980. He ended his career with five NBA All-Star appearances and was the scoring champion during the 1976-77 season. Pete Maravich was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

Less than a year after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame and only eight years removed from his retirement, Pete Maravich died from a heart attack at the age of 40. For this reason, the supply of Pete Maravich autographs is very limited. Obviously, this has pushed his certified autographs to higher values and has resulted in a greater interest in his signed checks and other documents from his estate. Although very rare, Pete Maravich game-used memorabilia items carry an incredible premium whenever they appear for sale.

While there is only one Pete Maravich rookie card, Maravich's career coincided with a consistent basketball card period, so there are multiple base card options for collectors throughout the 1970's.

Pete Maravich Rookie Cards

1970-71 Topps Basketball Pete Maravich RC #123

As the sole Pete Maravich rookie card, this tallboy card has added importance for collectors. 1970-71 Topps utilized a bright green background for Maravich's card. The card also includes a fresh-faced image of Maravich, holding a basketball on his knee, and a generic look without any Topps or NBA logos.

1970-71 Topps Pete Maravich RC

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2012-13 Panini Gold Standard #207 Pete Maravich 349 Boston Celtics Card 0x5

2008 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor 177 Pete Maravich 499 Atlanta Hawks Card 0q0

2013-14 Totally Certified 267 Pete Maravich Jazz

2014-15 Totally Certified Great American Heroes 27 Pete Maravich 189

2014 Panini Select Blue Prizm #175 Premier Level Die-Cut Pete Maravich 199 1j6

1996 Topps Stars Members Only Parallel #128 Pete Maravich - NM-MT

1974-75 Topps #10 Pete Maravich JAZZ NM G29883 - NM

1976-77 Topps #130 Pete Maravich JAZZ NM + G29710 - NrMt+

1976-77 Topps #60 Pete Maravich JAZZ NM + G29730 - NrMt+

1979-80 Topps #60 Pete Maravich Utah Jazz Basketball Card 0l0

2014-15 Panini National Treasures #94 Pete Maravich 99 Atlanta Hawks Card 2k5

1973-74 Topps #130 Pete Maravich - Atlanta Hawks Ex Mt+

2010-11 Panini Classics #137 Pete Maravich 999 New Orleans Jazz Utah Card 2d0

1996-97 Topps Stars Finest #78 Pete Maravich Utah Jazz Basketball Card 0k0

1978 79 RC Cola Pistol Pete Maravich can bottom opened Royal Crown LSU Hawks

1971 - 1972 Topps Pete Maravich Atlanta Hawks #55 Basketball Card
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Autograph Guide

Pete Maravich Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Pete Maravich'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 company. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA and Mounted Memories, to name a few.

Pete Maravich Cut Signature Exemplar

Pete Maravich Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Pete Maravich signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

It is important to note that there is not a huge supply of Pete Maravich autographs due to his sudden death, early in 1988. It is highly recommended to only buy authenticated Pete Maravich autographs. Pete Maravich has been known to sign a variety of ways, including Pistol, Pistol Pete, Pistol Pete Maravich, Pete Maravich and Peter Maravich. "Pistol Pete" appears to to be the most common.

  1. The signature is legible and each letter can normally be distinguished. When he signed Pistol Pete, Maravich included quotations that frequently appeared as random dots at the beginning and end of the signature.
  2. The "P" normally exhibits two rounded parts, similar to a "B".
  3. From there, the first name is completed in cursive and the "i" is normally dotted.
  4. The second "P" is similar to the first and the "t" is more rounded and resembles the "l" in his first name.
  5. Occasionally the "t" is crossed straight from the final "e" without lifting the pen.

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Jazz Pistol Pete Maravich Authentic Signed 4x9 Magazine Page Photo JSA #y87679

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Elvin Hayes SIGNED 8x10 Photo Houston LSU Pete Maravich PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED

Pete Maravich Signed Index Card PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph *7474


Jazz Pistol Pete Maravich Authentic Signed 1977 Sporting News Cover PSA #U04167

PISTOL PETE MARAVICH Jazz Signed Sporting News 10 29 1977 Scoring Champ JSA LOA

PETE MARAVICH Signed Card RARE DNA Certified Autograph PSA 4 HOF 2 Auto's 689 a

Pistol Pete Maravich Cut Autograph Signed JSA Full Letter Jazz Hawks

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PETE MARAVICH Signed Card RARE DNA Certified Autograph PSA 4 HOF Auto 290

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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  1. My friend, I was looking for an opinion on a Pistol Pete sig I have. I think it is worth looking at.


  2. kevin » PSA or JSA is your best best for authenticity questions.

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