Richie Ashburn Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Richie Ashburn

Date of Birth: 3/19/1927
Rookie Card Year: 1949
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

A fan favorite during baseball's Golden Age, Richie Ashburn cards are very popular with fans and collectors of the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent 12, of his 15 years playing for the team. During that time he made the All-Star team six times. He was also a two-time batting champion. Ashburn retired with a lifetime batting average of .308.

Richie Ahburn's rookie card is from the 1949 Bowman Baseball set. He also has a couple of first-year regional issues: 1949 Philadelphia Bulletin and 1949 Lummis Peanut Butter.

Ashburn died in 1997, just at the point that the hobby began to put an emphasis on memorabilia and autograph cards. As a result, all of his autograph cards are cut signatures. The first was issued with the 2002 SP Legendary Cuts set. It is limited to ten serial-numbered copies.

His first memorabilia card was issued in 2001 SP Legendary Cuts. The card contains a piece of an Ashburn game-used bat. It is not serial numbered but is considered to be a short print.

Richie Ashburn's autographed memorabilia is affordable but has room to grow in value. Prior to his death, he had been a frequent signer at sports collectibles shows. Baseballs, photos and cards are the most commonly found items. Signed jerseys and bats do exist and carry a significant premium. They are, however, fairly rare and great caution should be taken when looking to purchase a premium signed Richie Ashburn piece of memorabilia.

Richie Ashburn Rookie Card

1949 Bowman Richie Ashburn RC #214

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Ashburn and his fellow Phillies teammate and Hall of Fame brethern, Robin Roberts, both have rookie cards in 1949 Bowman. With Ashburn's card, there is a significant premium in the value of professionally graded cards receiving high marks. This amount can often be four figures when comparing a card in Good versus Excellent condition.

Autograph Guide

Richie Ashburn Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Richie Ashburn'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.

Richie Ashburn Cut Signature Exemplar:

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Richie Ashburn Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Richie Ashburn 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. The signature is written in cursive.
  2. It can vary depending on the surface being signed.
  3. All of the letters are relatively uniform in size. The exception is the first letter of both names which are slightly larger than the others.
  4. The "R" resembles a "P" as the finishing line is located towards the bottom of the plane and used to connect to the "i," which is dotted.
  5. The "h" has a loop in the vertical line.
  6. The "A" doesn't form a complete loop.
  7. The remaining letters are discernible but not necessarily legible.

Richie Ashburn Signed Baseball Pricing

Active Listings for Richie Ashburn Signed Baseballs

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Richie Ashburn Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Richie Ashburn Signed Photographs

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JSA Signed Richie Ashburn Auto Rawlings National League Giamatti Baseball
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RICHIE ASHBURN PSA DNA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
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RICHIE ASHBURN SIGNED JSA COA 8X10 PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPHED PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
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Signed HOFer Richie Ashburn (deceased) 1956 Topps card #120 autographed PSA DNA
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RICHIE ASHBURN PUDDIN HEAD JONES LOPATA SIGNED PSA DNA 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
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Richie Ashburn signed photo JSA authentication 8x10 with inscription HOF 2002
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RICHIE ASHBURN SIGNED OFFICIAL NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA DNA COA #W45643
$79.00
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Richie Ashburn Signed Pose Magazine Page PSA
$125.00
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Richie Ashburn HOFER 8X10 Signed Color Photo Auto PSA
$95.00
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Richie Ashburn signed Official American League baseball, "JSA FULL LETTER COA"
$275.00
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Richie Ashburn Signed WARREN GILES Baseball AUTO JSA LOA HOF Deceased 1997
$199.07
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Richie Ashburn (d.1997) Signed Photograph Autographed Photo Met Phillies PSA DN
$39.99
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RICHIE ASHBURN PSA DNA SIGNED 1982 BIG LEAGUE COLLECTIBLES CARD #42 AUTOGRAPH
$44.95
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Richie Ashburn Signed 8 x 10 Photo with JSA authentication Autographed Cubs
$59.95
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Richie Ashburn Signed 8 x 10 Photo with JSA authentication Autographed Phillies
$69.95
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RICHIE ASHBURN (Philadelphia Phillies) signed baseball w PSA COA
$124.95
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