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

1959 Topps HIGH#550 Roy Campanella - SGC 55 VG EX+ 4.5 HALL OF FAMER
$75.00

1961 Topps #480 Most Valuable Player - Roy Campanella EX MT D42297
$55.00

1953 Red Man Baseball-#5 Roy Campanella, Brooklyn Dodgers HOF, SGC 55 4.5
$26.00

1954 Red Man Baseball-#NL13-Roy Campanella, Brooklyn NL, HOF w tab, SGC 45 3.5
$28.89

1952 Bowman SETBREAK #44 Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers HOF PSA 6 EX-MT
$62.99

1952 Bowman SETBREAK #44 Roy Campanella Dodgers HOF PSA 7 NM NICELY CENTERED
$152.50

ROY CAMPANELLA 08 TOPPS STERLING BURGUNDY CARD #6 10!
$25.00

1951 Bowman Baseball Card Set Break #31 Roy Campanella Dodgers G VG
$18.05

Topps 1956, Card # 101, Roy Campanella
$225.00

1957 Topps Set #210 Roy Campanella PSA 5
$59.99

1961 Topps 480 MVP Roy Campanella PSA 6 (4770)
$34.00

1954 BOWMAN #90 ROY CAMPANELLA DODGERS
$70.00

1953 TOPPS #27 ROY CAMPANELLA DODGERS
$120.00

1949 Bowman #84 Roy Campanella PSA 3 D6688
$370.00

1951 Bowman #31 Roy Campanella PSA 6 D9271
$340.00

1954 Bowman # 90 Roy Campanella, Brooklyn Dodgers, Graded: 6.5 EX MT by GAI
$89.99
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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

RARE ROY CAMPANELLA JSA SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL DODGERS HOF AUTO
$999.99

ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA 16x20 PHOTO DODGERS (POST ACCIDENT) K77413
$999.99

Roy Campanella 16 x 20 Signed PSA Photo
$950.00

Roy Campanella Signed Autograph PSA DNA 8x10 Photo
$599.99

1957 Dodgers Autographed Signed Baseball Roy Campanella PSA DNA #S05248
$895.00

ROY CAMPANELLA Vintage Signed (Autographed) Cut ... JSA ... HUGE, BOLD AUTOGRAPH
$699.99

Roy Campanella Autographed Signed 16x20 Framed Photo Brooklyn Dodgers PSA DNA
$249.00

Roy Campanella signed auto Salvino statue Figurine PSA DNA Brooklyn Dodgers HOF
$309.99

ROY CAMPANELLA Signed Cut Autograph Brooklyn Dodgers HOF Catcher D-1993 JSA LOA
$1,199.00

Roy Campanella Autograph Signed Page PSA DNA
$699.95

Roy Campanella AUTOGRAPH Matted & Framed SIGNED GPC CUT 3x5 W PSA DNA LETTER
$1,400.00

ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA 8x19 PHOTO #D84633 BROOKLYN DODGERS
$1,199.99

ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA 16x20 PHOTO DODGERS
$999.99

ROY CAMPANELLA DODGERS POST-ACCIDENT SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO 83182000
$599.99

ROY CAMPANELLA DODGERS PRE-ACCIDENT SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO 83182021
$1,199.99

ROY CAMPANELLA PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED PEREZ STEELE GREAT MOMENTS AUTOGRAPH
$499.00
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