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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1948 bowman #29 RALPH KINER pirates rookie BGS BCCG 8 (excellent or better)
$200.00
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2004 PLAYOFF ABSOLUTE RALPH KINER AUTO BAT 004 100!! HIS JERSEY NUMBER
$50.00
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2004 PLAYOFF ABSOLUTE RALPH KINER AUTO 004 100!! HIS JERSEY NUMBER
$45.00
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2004 DONRUSS THROWBACK THREADS RALPH KINER AUTO BAT 01 50!! FIRST ONE
$35.00
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2005 DONRUSS CLASSICS RALPH KINER AUTO 04 10!! HIS JERSEY NUMBER
$50.00
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2003 DONRUSS STUDIO ENSHRINEMENT RALPH KINER AUTO 01 25!! FIRST ONE
$35.00
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2005 UPPER DECK ARTIFACTS RALPH KINER AUTO BAT 01 30!! FIRST ONE
$35.00
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1952 Bowman 11 Ralph Kiner NO CREASES VG EX+
$30.00
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2005 UPPER DECK ARTIFACTS RALPH KINER AUTO 01 25!! FIRST ONE
$35.00
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Ralph Kiner 2008 UD Upper Deck Premier Stitchings Gold Jersey Patch 7 15
$15.00
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1950 Bowman #33 Ralph Kiner
$30.00
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Ralph Kiner 2005 UD Sweet Spot Classic Signature Blue Ink Auto #RK - PIRATES
$89.99
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Ralph Kiner 2003 Donruss Signature Legends of the Summer Auto #LS-29 - PIRATES
$26.24
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Ralph Kiner Perez Steele Celebration PSA DNA Autographed Signed HOF Pirates
$79.99
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1951 BERK ROSS- #3-1- Ralph Kiner- SGC 6 (EX NM)- Pittsburgh Pirates
$55.00
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1955 Bowman #197 Ralph Kiner *ExMt* *7166*
$20.95
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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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Ralph Kiner 8X10 Signed Color Auto PSA DNA
$49.00
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Ralph Kiner 8X10 Signed B&W Auto PSA DNA
$49.00
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Ralph Kiner PIRATES HOF SIGNED 3 x 5 Index Card AUTOGRAPH AUTO PSA DNA
$35.50
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Ralph Kiner Perez Steele Celebration PSA DNA Autographed Signed HOF Pirates
$79.99
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Ralph Kiner Signed 8x10 Vertical B W Photo Pittsburgh Pirates Batting Cage JSA
$39.50
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1954 BOWMAN #45 RALPH KINER PSA DNA SIGNED AUTO JGR852
$49.99
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RALPH KINER HAND SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO INDIANS PSA DNA COA
$35.00
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RALPH KINER PIRATES SIGNED A OML BASEBALL INSCR. " HOF75 " JAMES SPENCE "JSA"
$69.97
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RALPH KINER AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO #3 PSA DNA
$29.00
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RALPH KINER AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO #1 PSA DNA
$29.00
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RALPH KINER AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO #4 PSA DNA
$29.00
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Ralph Kiner H&B 1949 All Star Game Used Signed Bat Pirates HOF PSA DNA Home Run!
$12,995.00
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Ralph Kiner SIGNED 8x10 Photo + HOF 75 Cleveland Indians PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$65.00
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Ralph Kiner Signed 8x10 Photo w JSA authentication sticker card Autographed Cubs
$29.95
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Ralph Kiner Signed 8x10 Photo w JSA authentication sticker card Autographed Cubs
$29.95
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Ralph Kiner Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Pirates PSA DNA Authenticated
$24.00
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