Rogers Hornsby Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Rogers Hornsby

Date of Birth: 4/27/1896
Rookie Card Year: 1933
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

Rogers Hornsby cards are highly coveted by vintage collectors specializing in the pre-war era. Although his 23-year career overlapped both the "dead" and "live" ball eras, Hornsby's hitting ability wasn't impacted by the change. He retired with an astonishing lifetime batting average of .358 to go with 301 home runs, 2,930 hits and 1,584 runs batted in.

Rogers Hornsby's rookie card has long been the subject of debate. He has numerous early cards from regional releases from retail, candy, tobacco, food and beverage companies. His earliest printed trading card is the 1916 Big Head Strip Cards, otherwise known as W-UNC's in the American Card Catalog.

His most popular cards from his playing days are his two cards in 1933 Goudey. Because of the set's mass appeal, and national distribution, many collectors treat them as rookie cards.

Hornsby died long before the advent of autographed cards entered the hobby. As a result, any of his modern trading cards containing an autograph are cut signatures.  His first such card was issued in 2001 SP Legendary Cuts. There is a total of four serial numbered cards.

The first Rogers Hornsby memorabilia cards were released in 2001. He has a game-used bat card in both Upper Deck Hall of Fame and Donruss Classics. His Donruss Classics card is a short print with a known print run of 301 copies.

Authentic autographed memorabilia from Rogers Hornsby carries a significant premium. The most commonly found items are paper collectibles including checks and cut signatures.

Key Rogers Hornsby Cards

1916 W-UNC Strip Card Rogers Hornsby #10

1916 W UNC Strip Card Rogers Hornsby 186x300 Image

In addition to its American Card Catalog designation, collectors often refer to these cards as 1916 Big Heads. The card measures 1-3/8 by 2-1/2 inches.

1917 Collins-McCarthy and Boston Store Roger Hornsby #80

1917 Collins McCarthy Rogers Horsby 184x300 Image

This card was issued by both retail establishments. The only difference is the advertisement on the card back. Both cards measure 2 by 3-1/4 inches.

1933 Goudey Rogers Hornsby #119

1933 Goudey Rogers Hornsby 119 260x213 Image

The vibrant colors and detailed artistic renderings of this set has make it very popular with collectors. The national distribution and size of the set has caused some collectors to label this card and his other 1933 Goudey card as rookies.

1933 Goudey Roger Hornsby #188

1933 Goudey Rogers Hornsby 188 246x300 Image

Of the two cards Hornsby has within the set, this one is the least popular. Most collectors prefer the other 1933 Goudey Rogers Hornsby card for its depiction of in-game action.

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1933 Goudey ROGERS HORNSBY St. Louis #188 SGC VGEX 4
$259.99
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1979 Topps All-Time All-Stars, Ty Cobb, Roger Hornsby, Roger Maris, Hank Aaron
$18.95
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1976 Topps All-Time All-Stars, Lou Gehrig 1B, Roger Hornsby 2B, Honus Wagner SS
$31.95
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1972 KELLOGG'S ALL-TIME BASEBALL GREATS #2 ROGERS HORNSBY PSA 10 B1575864
$21.99
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2002 Topps Tribute ROGER HORNSBY Milestone Materials Game Used Bat Cubs
$34.99
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2006 Greats Of The Game ROGERS HORNSBY Game Used Bat Cardinals
$24.99
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1963 BAZOOKA ROGERS HORNSBY ALL TIME GREATS BASEBALL CARD ST. LOUS CARDINALS
$7.99
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2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Rogers Hornsby B116
$8.49
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1974 2nd BEST by BOB PARKER BASEBALL PAUL WANER & ROGERS HORNSBY VINTAGE RARE!
$15.99
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Cardinals Rogers Hornsby 2013 Press Pass Platinum Cuts Autograph Auto 1 1
$1,799.95
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1934-1936 Diamond Stars #44 - Rogers Hornsby - PSA 7.5 -- 1935 HoF (mikedenero)
$780.00
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ROGERS HORNSBY STAMP 22 95 2009 TOPPS LEGENDS OF THE GAME SGC 96 9
$19.99
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1933 Goudey #119 - Rogers Hornsby - SGC 60 -- Cardinals HoF (mikedenero)
$470.00
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1934-36 Diamond Stars #44 - Rogers Hornsby - PSA 5 -- HoF 1935 (mikedenero)
$320.00
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1963 All Time Greats Rogers Hornsby
$15.00
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1944-45 ALBERTYPE Sepia Rogers Hornsby Post Card EXMINT
$75.00
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Autograph Guide

Rogers Hornsby Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Rogers Hornsby'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.

Rogers Hornsby Cut Signature Exemplar:

Roger Hornsby Signature Example 260x128 Image

Rogers Hornsby Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Rogers Hornsby 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 on an even horizontal plane with a slight lean to the right.
  2. It displays a pride of penmanship that continued even into his later years.
  3. The letters "R" and "H" are larger than the other letters.
  4. The letter "R" has a large kidney bean-shaped loop.
  5. The "g" has an elongated, tear-dropped shape loop that drops well below the horizontal plane.
  6. The first vertical line of the "H" has a distinct curve at the bottom.
  7. The letter "y" contains a long vertical line that flows around into a narrow, horizontal loop.

Rogers Hornsby Signed Memorabilia Pricing

Active Listings for Rogers Hornsby Signed Memorabilia

Roger Hornsby Cut Signature Image

 

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1926 World Series Reunion 5x signed Baseball Ball PSA DNA Rogers Hornsby Combs +
$5,999.99
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Rogers Hornsby signed autographed newspaper article JSA slabbed
$375.00
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ROGERS HORNSBY SIGNED AUTOGRAPH MAGAZINE PHOTO PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED
$1,050.00
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ROGERS HORNSBY SIGNED JSA SPALDING NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
$1,909.00
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ROGERS HORNSBY AUTHENTIC auto autograph signed cut w photo framed
$699.95
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Rogers Hornsby PSA DNA 1962 New York Mets Team Signed Baseball Gil Hodges
$6,000.00
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RARE vintage Rogers Hornsby HOF baseball signed page PSA DNA
$995.00
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Rogers Hornsby autographed signed PSA DNA auto
$999.99
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1930 ROGERS HORNSBY CHICAGO CUBS TEAM SIGNED PSA DNA BALL BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED
$1,930.00
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ROGERS HORNSBY SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 4 x 5 CUT PAPER SHEET JSA
$650.00
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Rogers Hornsby Autographed Signed Newspaper Photo PSA DNA #65112263
$1,195.00
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Tris Speaker & Rogers Hornsby Autographed Signed Photo PSA DNA #65112264
$1,595.00
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ROGERS HORNSBY SIGNED JSA CERTED 5X7 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$549.00
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PSA DNA ROGERS HORNSBY AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED LETTER MARCH 15TH, 1945 #T04294
$899.00
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Rogers Hornsby Autographed Signed 6x9 Instructional Booklet PSA DNA #V01713
$795.00
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Rogers Hornsby Autographed Signed 6x9 Instructional Booklet PSA DNA #V01714
$795.00
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