Roy Campanella Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Roy Campanella

Date of Birth: 11/19/1921
Rookie Card Year: 1949
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

Roy Campanella baseball cards and autographed memorabilia are some of the most highly pursued collectibles in the hobby. Nearly anything associated with his career sells for top dollar. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest catchers in baseball history.

Campanella's lone rookie card is from 1949 Bowman Baseball and is one of the most coveted post-war cards in the hobby. Additionally, he has a 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers team-issued card that is also very popular.

Roy Campanella died in 1993, just prior to the explosive growth of the sports memorabilia and autograph market. As a result, the only autographed baseball cards that Campanella has are cut signature cards. His first appeared in 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends and 1999 SP Signature Edition.

His first memorabilia card was manufactured for inclusion in Upper Deck's 2000 Brooklyn Dodgers Master Collection set. The Legends of Flatbush card has a piece of a Roy Campanella game-used bat and is serial numbered to 250.

Items signed by Roy Campanella are considered to be somewhat rare. While authentic samples exist, primarily in the form of photos and other paper collectibles, they command exceptional amounts of money on the secondary market. In 1958, Campanella was paralyzed in a car accident ending his playing career. This also led to few autographs. The high demand for Campanella's signature has also, unfortunately, resulted in plenty of forgeries. Exceptional care should be taken when looking to purchase an authentic Roy Campanella autograph.

Roy Campanella Rookie Card

1949 Bowman Roy Campanella RC #84

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The 1949 Bowman baseball card set is a favorite of vintage collectors. The vibrant colors and lack of text on the front allows for the photo to speak for itself. The under-sized cards measure 2-1/16 by 2-1/2 inches. The coloring process was actually printed on top of black and white photos. Professionally graded copies receiving grades of 9 or higher are very rare. An example in a PSA 9 sold at auction in 2013 for close to $9,500.

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1957 Topps Roy Campanella Duke Snider Gil Hodges Furillo # 400
$44.99
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1953 TOPPS BASEBALL #27 ROY CAMPANELLA - BROOKLYN DODGERS, HOF
$72.85
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1950 Drake's ROY CAMPANELLA #6 HOF PSA 5
$699.00
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1952 Topps ROY CAMPANELLA #314 RC HOF PSA 3
$799.00
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1954 Wilson Franks ROY CAMPANELLA HOF PSA 3
$799.00
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2009 ToppS COmmemorativE PatCH 1950 AS cARd Roy CampAneLLa DodGERs MLB LPR-112
$10.49
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Roy Campanella 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes Mint Condition #39
$10.00
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ROY CAMPANELLA 2004 ELITE PASSING THE TORCH GAME USED PANTS# 50
$16.55
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1957 Topps #400 Dodgers Sluggers w Roy Campanella & Duke Snider PSA 7 Set Break
$168.51
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1988 PACIFIC LEGENDS #47 ROY CAMPANELLA PSA 10 **Sweet population 4
$24.80
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1993 FRONT ROW ALL-TIME GREATS #2 ROY CAMPANELLA PSA 10 POP 2 HOF **NICE
$19.80
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ROY CAMPANELLA 1957 57 TOPPS #210 BCCG 7
$99.99
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Lot 1953 Topps Baseball Cards Ed Matthews, Roy Campanella, Wilhelm, Antonelli
$46.00
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1953 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD ROY CAMPANELLA #27 BV $300 CREASE-FREE 11914
$10.50
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1956 Topps 101 GB Roy Campanella PSA 4 (9660)
$80.00
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1953 Topps 27 Roy Campanella PSA 4 (1065)
$80.00
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Autograph Guide

Roy Campanella Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Roy Campanella'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.

Roy Campanella Cut Signature Exemplar:

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Roy Campanella Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Roy Campanella 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 pride of penmanship exists in his signature. Even as he got older and his signature more messy, he still attempted every letter. Later examples exhibit a great degree of shakiness in the handwriting.
  2. The first and last names are written in cursive with a distinct lean to the right.
  3. The signature was often written on a raised plane of about 30 degrees.
  4. The letter spacing is very narrow.
  5. Each letter is legible.
  6. The "R" and "C" are larger than the other letters.

Roy Campanella Autographed Memorabilia Pricing

Active Listings for Roy Campanella Signed Memorabilia

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Roy Campanella signed C188 LVS game style bat JSA COA
$649.99
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ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA POST ACCIDENT AUTO 83281843
$499.99
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ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA POST ACCIDENT AUTO 83148049
$499.99
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ROY CAMPANELLA PSA DNA SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
$799.00
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Roy Campanella Autographed Signed Dodgers Jersey PSA DNA #V01632
$1,795.00
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1950's DIZZY DEAN ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL BALL GRADED JSA
$2,499.00
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Roy Campanella Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Dodgers PSA DNA #S06895
$395.00
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Roy Campanella Signed Autographed Baseball OBNL PSA DNA COA RARE DODGERS White!
$419.99
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ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTO JSA DNA 1953 DODGERS BASEBALL 21 SIGS B76008
$1,999.99
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ROY CAMPANELLA Single Signed Autographed baseball PSA DNA LOA & JSA ALOA
$895.99
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Roy Campanella HOF #39 Signed Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey AUTO Framed Size L JSA LOA
$2,000.00
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DODGERS ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #P00935
$479.99
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Roy Campanella Signed Autographed Cut Signature AUTO, SGC Auth JSA LOA (PWCC)
$51.00
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Roy Campanella Yogi Berra Johnny Bench Al Lopez Signed Autographed Photo JSA
$949.99
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ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED CUT 8X10 PHOTO BROOKLYN DODGERS JSA COA
$1,100.00
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Roy Campanella Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Dodgers PSA DNA #S00333
$319.00
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