Rod Carew Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Rod Carew

Date of Birth: 10/1/1945
Rookie Card Year: 1967
Investment Rating: 5.5


Overview

As a member of the 3,000 Hits Club, Rod Carew cards and autographed memorabilia have a niche place in the hobby. Collectors pursuing items signed by multiple members of the esteemed club means that having Carew's signature is a must. Fortunately, Carew is a frequent participant in autograph signing appearances making it easy for collectors to obtain his signature.

Rod Carew made his major league debut at the start of the 1967 season. He would go on to be named the American League Rookie of the Year. Carew made his first trading card appearance in 1967 Topps Baseball. The card was double-printed, making it an easy find at the time. The Minnesota Twins also issued a Carew card as part of their team-issued set.

Carew's first certified autograph card was released in 1997 Donruss Signature Series Significant Signatures set and is serial numbered to 2,000 copies.

His first memorabilia cards would come a few years later, most notably in the Upper Deck Piece of History release. He has a total of four cards as part of the 3,000 Hit Club insert set. A game-used bat card and a jersey card each have print runs of 350. A card with both a bat and a jersey swatch is limited to 100 copies. However, the most popular Carew card from the set includes not only a bat and jersey swatch but also an autograph. It is limited to 30 serial-numbered copies.

Rod Carew Rookie Card

1967 Topps Baseball Rod Carew RC #569 with Hank Allen

1967 Topps Rod Carew RC

Rod Carew shares his rookie card with the Washington Senators rookie Hank Allen. The bright yellow border and red lettering provides a striking contrast. The facsimile signature adds a nice design element, while the vital information of the player's name, team, and position provides all the necessary detail. Being a high number, it's a relatively pricey card compared to similar players from the era. That said, it's not terribly expense when you take into account his Hall of Fame status and the age of the card.

Top eBay Listings

1980 Topps CALIFORNIA ANGELS Team Set (26) NOLAN RYAN ROD CAREW +
$6.95

Rod Carew 2010 Danbury Mint Sealed 22 kt Gold Card # 502
$14.95

2002 Playoff Piece of the Game Materials #74 Rod Carew GAME USED BAT
$10.78

1978 Penn Emblem Baseball Patch Rod Carew
$6.99

1971 TOPPS BASEBALL #210 ROD CAREW H.O.F. EX-MT
$9.00

1974 Topps Rod Carew #50 MINT oc
$9.95

1970 Topps # 290 Rod Carew
$10.00

1969 Deckle Edge Proof Rodney Carew
$80.00

2013 Topps Update League Leaders Pins #RC Rod Carew
$12.78

2012 Topps Commemorative Retired Number "29" Patch #RC Rod Carew
$15.78

1976 O-Pee-Chee #400 Rod Carew - NM
$8.00

Rod Carew Large Collector Fan Lot 106 Sertoma Cups Topps Button Sportscaster
$69.00

1971 O-PEE-CHEE #210 ROD CAREW TWINS
$15.00

1969 TOPPS THE SPORTING NEWS ROD CAREW TWINS 419 BASEBALL CARD
$8.99

METALLIC IMPRESSIONS COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION--ROD CAREW 5 card pk in metal tin
$5.95

METALLIC IMPRESSIONS COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION--ROD CAREW 5 card pk in metal tin
$8.95
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Autograph Guide

Rod Carew Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Rod Carew'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.

Rod Carew Cut Signature Exemplar

Rod carew Signature Example

Rod Carew Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Rod Carew 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. A fairly easy autograph to discern by letter.
  2. The "R" has a bit of a flat top and a small tear drop loop to the left.
  3. The pen stays on the item as it flows into the "o" which is almost closed, the letter "d" is formed with a loop for the vertical.
  4. The "C" has a distinct hook to it at the top of the letter.
  5. The remaining letters flow smoothly with the "a" being angular and open.
  6. The "r" resembles a cursive "n", the "e" consists of a small line looking more like an "i" which is not dotted.
  7. The signature finishes with the "w" which has the required dip and are equally spaced apart.

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ROD CAREW AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MINNESOTA TWINS #29 COOPERSTOWN JERSEY PSA DNA
$299.00

ROD CAREW SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO T12790 PSA AUTHENTICATED ANAHEIM ANGELS
$89.00

ROD CAREW INSCRIBED HOF 91 SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO S36047 PSA AUTH MINNESOTA TWINS
$109.00

ROD CAREW INSCRIBED HOF 91 SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO T51437 PSA AUTH MINNESOTA TWINS
$109.00

ROD CAREW INSCRIBED HOF 91 SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO H14312 JSA AUTH MINNESOTA TWINS
$109.00

Rod Carew Signed 1985 3000 Hits Gateway Cachet FDC First Day Cover PSA
$24.99

ROD CAREW SIGNED TWINS 8X10 HOF INDUCTION DAY PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U18866
$79.99

ROD CAREW "HOF 91" PSA 9.5 SIGNED BASEBALL HOF AUTOGRAPH AUTO
$109.00

Rod Carew Signed Team Issued Photograph Autographed Photo Twins JSA
$24.99

TWINS ROD CAREW SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U25272
$79.99

ROD CAREW signed MLB Baseball auto Minnesota TWINS HOF TriStar hologram
$149.99

GEORGE BRETT,ROD CAREW,TONY GWYNN,BOBBY COX,DAVE WINFIELD,HOF JSA COA SIGNED BAT
$900.00

Ted Williams & Rod Carew Autographed Signed Magazine Cover PSA DNA #S14472
$229.00

Rod Carew Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Twins PSA DNA #K08040
$45.00

Rod Carew Signed SI Magazine Cutout Photo JSA COA Minnesota Twins (sku-72700)
$29.99

Rod Carew Minnesota Twins Signed 16x20 Gray Uniform Photo Inscr. 3053 Hits JSA
$139.00
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