Ralph Kiner Baseball Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Ralph Kiner

Date of Birth: 10/27/1922
Rookie Card Year: 1948
Investment Rating: 5.5


Overview

The passing of Ralph Kiner in February, 2014 marked the end of an era for New York Mets fans. Kiner was the team's announcer since their expansion entry into the league in 1962. He was the third longest tenured announcer in Major League Baseball history. However, it was his accomplishments on the field that earned him a place in Cooperstown in 1975. Ralph Kiner cards and memorabilia may not reach the levels of some of his peers, but they are nonetheless a cherished piece of baseball history.

Despite a short career that lasted only ten seasons from 1946 to 1955, Kiner was one of the best of his era. He led the National League in home runs for seven consecutive years between 1946 and 1952 while with Pittsburgh Pirates. A six-time All-Star, Kiner was the consummate professional and a clubhouse leader.

The Ralph Kiner rookie card hails from 1948 Bowman Baseball. Additionally, Kiner has a card in the 1948-49 Leaf set, however, due to the long suspected fact that the set was actually printed in 1949, most credit Bowman as being his primary rookie card. Those looking to pursue a Kiner player collection should know that he did have a handful of cards produced prior to 1948, including cards in the popular 1947 Tip Top Bread. Other 1947 Ralph Kiner cards include Bond Bread, Sports Exchange Mini, the blue-tint R346 and Exhibits sets.

Ralph Kiner cards and memorabilia have long been undervalued in the market. However with his passing there will be a renewed interest in one of the game's most gentlemanly stars.

Ralph Kiner Rookie Card Checklist

1948 Bowman Ralph Kiner RC #3

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The 1948 Bowman Baseball Card set consists of just 48 cards measuring 2 1/16 by 2 1/2 inches. They use black and white photography and a matte finish. The Ralph Kiner rookie card features him in a posed batting stance, most likely taken during spring training or prior to a game. The simplicity of the set has made it a favorite with many collectors through the years.

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1947 TIP TOP BREAD RALPH KINER ROOKIE PITTSBURGH PIRATES VERY RARE
$80.00
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1952 Wheaties Ralph Kiner ACTION BASEBALL NM MT
$80.00
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RALPH KINER Bold Blue Autograph Auto PIRATES NICE! HOF Signed
$17.95
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2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #263 Ralph Kiner PSA GEM MINT 10 POP 1
$16.95
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1955 Bowman Ralph Kiner #197 PSA 8
$140.00
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2006 Ultimate Bill Mazeroski Dave Parker Ralph Kiner Bay auto autograph #D23 25
$71.99
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1949 M P & Co R302-2 Card #110 Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates
$75.00
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Ralph Kiner 2001 Bowman Rookie Reprints Autographs SP 100. Rookie Reprint BGS 9
$200.00
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1953 Bowman Color SETBREAK Ralph Kiner #80 PSA 7 NRMT (PWCC)
$60.00
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1955 BOWMAN #197 RALPH KINER INDIANS
$17.50
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1949 BOWMAN #29 RALPH KINER PIRATES
$25.00
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Ralph Kiner Autograph 05 25 Topps Retired Refractor 2005 TA-RK SP Signed auto AU
$49.99
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1954 BOWMAN RALPH KINER CHICAGO CUBS #45 BASEBALL CARD
$11.95
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1950 BOWMAN RALPH KINER # 33 PSA 6
$89.85
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AAB) 1952 Berk Ross RALPH KINER G VG Pittsburgh Pirates
$19.99
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2004 Donruss Timeless Treasures Ralph Kiner 1949 HR Champion Auto Bat 09 49
$27.99
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Autograph Guide

Ralph Kiner Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ralph Kiner'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. Some 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.

Ralph Kiner Cut Signature Exemplar

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Ralph Kiner Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ralph Kiner signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. As an active member of the autograph circuit, Musial autographs are plentiful. However due to the length of time he spent signing, his signature deteriorated over time. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. A pride of penmanship exists even into his older years.
  2. The initials "R" and "K" are over-sized in comparison to the other letters with the "R" being particularly large, It features a pen stroke that creates two rounded bubbles.
  3. The pen does not lift as it flows into the easily legible "a", "l" which is small and has a closed loop.
  4. The letter "p" is unique in that the loop sits in the middle of the vertical line as compared to being on the top and the "h" includes a looped vertical line before forming the hump.
  5. The letter "K" is distinguished by its flaired lines coming off of the vertical.
  6. The dotted "i" and "n" are discernible with the letter "e" being small with no opening visible before flowing into the lower case "r" which includes a line that curves back up, off the bottom of the letter.

Ralph Kiner Signed Baseball Pricing

Active Listings for Ralph Kiner Signed Baseballs

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Ralph Kiner Signed Bat Pricing

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Ralph Kiner Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Ralph Kiner Signed Photographs

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Lot of 4 RALPH KINER signed autograph baseball hof plaque postcard psa jsa dna
$165.00
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RALPH KINER PIRATES SIGNED BASEBALL HOF PLAQUE POSTCARD JSA DNA 040
$44.99
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RALPH KINER PIRATES SIGNED BASEBALL HOF PLAQUE POSTCARD JSA DNA 041
$34.99
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RALPH KINER PIRATES SIGNED BASEBALL HOF PLAQUE POSTCARD JSA DNA 278
$44.99
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RALPH KINER PIRATES SIGNED BASEBALL HOF PLAQUE POSTCARD JSA DNA 378
$44.99
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Ralph Kiner Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Pirates "HOF '75" PSA DNA #M90097
$29.00
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Ralph Kiner Baseball Signed Limited Edition Litho (PSA Auth)
$85.00
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RALPH KINER PIRATES SIGNED A OML BASEBALL INSCR. " HOF75 " JAMES SPENCE "JSA"
$69.97
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Ralph Kiner signed "54 HR 1949" H&B LS Pro Model Bat JSA
$289.99
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RALPH KINER HOF 75 SIGNED JSA CERTED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$67.00
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RALPH KINER SIGNED PSA DNA 1956 POSTMARKED INDIANS TEAM POSTCARD AUTOGRAPH
$59.00
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Ralph Kiner Signed Autographed Hall of Fame Major league Baseball Jsa Authentic
$70.00
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RALPH KINER HAND SIGNED PICTURE POSTCARD JSA COA HOF
$30.00
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RALPH KINER HAND SIGNED PICTURE POSTCARD JSA COA HOF
$30.00
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PSA DNA SIGNED 1955 BOWMAN RALPH KINER 9007
$34.99
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RALPH KINER signed OMLB ball & autographed HOF plaque card PSA DNA 9
$20.00
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