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

1949 Bowman Roy Campanella RC

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.

Top eBay Listings

2009 Topps LPR-115 Roy Campanella Los Angeles Dodgers Brooklyn Baseball Card 0u5
$11.98

1950 BOWMAN BASEBALL #75 ROY CAMPANELLA, BROOKLYN DODGERS, HOF - PSA 1 (71110)
$59.96

SUPERB 1954 RED MAN #NL 13 ROY CAMPANELLA PSA 8 NM-MT DODGERS BASEBALL CARD!!!
$1,295.00

Roy Campanella 24k Gold Autographed Card Laminated
$399.99

2005 Upper Deck Emerald #177 ROY CAMPANELLA Dodgers #'d to 199 PSA 10
$23.88

1954 Bowman 90 Roy Campanella DODGERS EX MT+
$115.00

1949 Bowman Roy Campanella PSA 5 #84 Rookie Card
$348.00

1952 BOWMAN #44 ROY CAMPANELLA DODGERS HOF PSA 4 B2313575-918
$64.99

2014 Panini Hall of Fame Print Plate Yellow Roy Campanella 1 1 Brooklyn Dodgers
$24.99

2014 Panini Classics Timeless Tributes Gold #119 Roy Campanella 25 Card 2a5
$30.25

1959 Topps #550 Roy Campanella DODGERS BVG 3.5 VG+ Z10636 - BVG Vg+ (3.5)
$50.00

Roy Campanella 1956 Topps vintage baseball card Dodgers option 2
$99.99

1950 Bowman ROY CAMPANELLA #75 Dodgers PSA 6 EX MT -Centered-
$195.00

Roy Campanella 1953 Topps vintage baseball card Dodgers
$149.99

2008 Venezuelan ROY CAMPANELLA Sticker Panini # 253 & 254 Venezuela - RARE
$19.99

1974 TCMA DUKE SNIDER + 1975 TCMA ROY CAMPANELLA RARE CARDS DODGERS L.A.
$14.72
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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:

Roy Campanella Signature Example

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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Top eBay Listings

Roy Campanella 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers NL Champion Signed Baseball JSA LOA
$1,399.99

Roy Campanella Signed Album Page PSA DNA COA Encapsulated Pre Accident Autograph
$2,849.00

Yogi Berra And Roy Campanella Signed & Framed 11x14 Photo 1955 World Series PSA
$1,499.99

Roy Campanella Single Signed Official NL Baseball Brooklyn Dodgers Mint Auto JSA
$899.99

High Grade Roy Campanella Single Signed Autographed ONL Baseball PSA Graded 7.5
$1,299.00

Roy Campanella Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Poster Display JSA Dodgers
$359.99

ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED PSA DNA PRE ACC PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$741.82

Roy Campanella Yogi Berra Bench Lopez Signed 11x14 HOF Catcher Framed Photo JSA
$1,399.99

Roy Campanella Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Poster Display JSA Dodgers B
$359.99

ROY CAMPANELLA YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA 11X14 PHOTO #K58108
$999.99

ROY CAMPANELLA -- SIGNED NL BASEBALL -- JSA AUTHENTICATED
$695.00

ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED 16x20 PHOTO DODGERS JSA Y48423
$595.95

Roy Campanella 1953 NL Champion Brooklyn Dodgers Signed Baseball JSA
$699.99

ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8 x 10 PHOTO PSA DNA COA BROOKLYN DODGERS
$449.95

ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8 x 10 PHOTO PSA DNA COA BROOKLYN DODGERS
$449.95

ROY CAMPANELLA PSA DNA SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
$799.00
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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