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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1994 UPPER DECK ALL-TIME HEROES #108 ROGERS HORNSBY POP 1 PSA 10 B1433390
$6.99
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2001 (BB) Topps Chrome Before There Was Topps Refractors #BT6 Rogers Hornsby
$14.20
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(19557) 1933 Goudey 188 Rogers Hornsby Browns-TRIMMED
$75.00
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1961 GOLDEN PRESS #7 ROGERS HORNSBY PSA 9 *DS00179
$55.00
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1935 Diamond Stars Rogers Hornsby #44 VG (767)
$115.00
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1961 Topps 404 Rogers Hornsby .424 EX-MT #D141871
$9.75
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1948 Exhibit Hall of Fame #15 Rogers Hornsby VG J575159
$5.95
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1948 Exhibit Hall of Fame #15 Rogers Hornsby VGEX J575160
$6.80
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2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes of Sport Relics #HSR7 Rogers Hornsby
$29.95
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1935 Diamond Stars #44 Rogers Hornsby Browns HOF PSA 4 1934-36
$160.00
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1922 Eastern Exhibit Rogers Hornsby PSA 1 (1300)
$380.00
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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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2012 National Treasures Prime ROGERS HORNSBY Game Used Patch Fabric Relic #25 25
$200.00
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2012 National Treasures ROGERS HORNSBY All Decade Game Used Jersey Relic #22 25
$100.00
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2012 National Treasures ROGERS HORNSBY League Leaders Game Used Jersey #11 25
$100.00
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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

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RARE 1957 ROGERS HORNSBY SINGLE SIGNED BASEBALL JSA COA SAINT LOUIS HALL OF FAME
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Rogers Hornsby Autographed Signed 1961 Letter PSA DNA #T11757
$995.00
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ROGERS HORNSBY SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA 3x5 INDEX CARD 83083137
$999.99
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ROGERS HORNSBY AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1.5X3.5 CUT AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA SLABBED
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Rogers Hornsby signed autographed newspaper article JSA slabbed
$375.00
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ROGERS HORNSBY SIGNED 1928 BOSTON BRAVES PHOTO with FULL JSA LOA
$999.99
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1930 ROGERS HORNSBY CHICAGO CUBS TEAM SIGNED PSA DNA BALL BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED
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ROGERS HORNSBY & OTHERS SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA ALBUM PAGE 17 SIGNATURES 83213841
$999.99
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ROGERS HORNSBY JSA CERTIFIED SIGNED ALBUM PAGE AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$499.00
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ROGERS HORNSBY SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA SCORECARD BROWNS
$999.99
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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 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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