Pete Maravich Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Pete Maravich

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


Overview

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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14-15 Panini National Treasures Pete Maravich Hawks 5 99
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PETE MARAVICH REFRACTOR 2004-05 FINEST #'D TO 249
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1974-75 TOPPS BASKETBALL #10 PETE MARAVICH JAZZ
$20.00

1977-78 TOPPS #20 PETE MARAVICH EX-MT C9589
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06-07 BOWMAN STERLING REFRACTOR JERSEY PETE MARAVICH #43 199 Celtics Relic HOF
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1977-78 TOPPS BB # 20 PETE MARAVICH, JAZZ HOF CSA NM 7 CENTERED!!
$15.00

PETE MARAVICH 2009 10 PANINI HALL OF FAME HIGH CLASS BLACK #047 199 ($15) AB1491
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2004-05 (CLIPPERS) Finest Refractors #137 Pete Maravich 249
$15.00

Michael Jordan & Pete Maravich Reprints + Magic Johnson Kareem Abdul Jabbar Lot!
$14.95

1977-78 TOPPS BASK. #20 PETE MARAVICH GEM MINT
$39.95

1975 Topps 75 Pete Maravich DP NM #D275805
$21.25

Pete Maravich Die Cut Tie Die #175 19 25 Select
$50.00

2012-13 Panini Immaculate Collection Pistol Pete Maravich Patch #38 44 2 Color
$185.00

1976 Pete Maravich Topps 'Tallboy' Basketball Card; #60, Exc NM Condition
$15.99

Pete Maravich 1976-77 Topps Card # 130 NM-MT Set Break
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Pete Maravich 1974-75 Topps Utah Jazz Basketball Card #10
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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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Pistol Pete Maravich Autographed Signed Camp Certificate PSA DNA #P02213
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Pistol Pete Maravich Autographed Signed Camp Certificate PSA DNA #P02211
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Pistol Pete Maravich Autographed Signed Camp Certificate JSA #X58321
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Pistol Pete Maravich single Signed Basketball With Glass case, PSA, Insured
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Jazz Pete Maravich Authentic Signed 2.75X6 July 12, 1984 Check PSA DNA Slabbed
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Pistol Pete Maravich Hand Signed Cut PSA DNA Authentic Slabbed
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Pistol Pete Maravich Autographed Signed 1973 Topps Card PSA DNA #Q06477
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Pistol Pete Maravich Autographed Signed 1980 Topps Card Panel PSA DNA #83219882
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Pete Maravich Signed Framed 20x27 Photo Display JSA LOA LSU Tigers
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Press Maravich Signed Framed 11x14 Photo Display JSA w Pete LSU
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Pistol Pete Maravich Rare Signed Autographed 4 x 6 GLOSSY Jazz Photo PSA DNA
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PETE MARAVICH Signed Card RARE DNA Certified Autograph PSA 4 HOF 2 Auto's 689
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PETE MARAVICH Signed Card RARE DNA Certified Autograph PSA 4 HOF Auto 290
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Pistol Pete Maravich Autographed Signed 3x5 Index Card PSA DNA #83343890
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PETE MARAVICH SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA PROGRAM PAGE M52443
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Pete Maravich Signed Auto PSA Dna Cancelled Check-10?
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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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