Sammy Sosa Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Sammy Sosa

Date of Birth: 11/12/1968
Rookie Card Year: 1990
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

At one time, Sammy Sosa baseball cards and autographed memorabilia were at the pinnacle of sports collectibles. Unfortunately, allegations of steroid use hurt both his legacy and hobby standing. However, there are still plenty of fans and collectors who fondly remember the great home run record chase between himself and Mark McGwire in 1998.

Sosa has eight rookie cards, all released in 1990. He also has several pre-rookie cards as a minor league player in the Texas Rangers organization. Two of the more popular ones are his 1989 Tulsa Drillers card and his 1989 Baseball America Prospects card.

The first certified Sammy Sosa autograph card was issued in 1996 Leaf Signature Series as part of the Extended Autograph set. It has a print run of 1,000 copies. A Century Marks parallel has a print run of 100. Neither of the cards are serial numbered.

Sammy Sosa's first game-used memorabilia cards were produced by Upper Deck in 1999. They appear in Upper Deck Baseball, Black Diamond and Ovation.

Sosa is one of only a handful of players to hit 600 home runs. Any 500 or 600 Home Run Club signed memorabilia items, need his signature to be considered complete. Being in such an exclusive niche means that even with his alleged on-field transgressions, there will always be demand for his signature.

Sammy Sosa Rookie Card Checklist

1990 Bowman Sammy Sosa RC #312

1990 Bowman Sammy Sosa RC 212x300 Image

This card is popular to have professionally graded due to the fact that many return in high grade. The glossy Tiffany version that was available exclusively in a limited edition factory set is one of the top 1990 Sammy Sosa cards.

1990 Donruss Sammy Sosa RC #489

1990 Donruss Sammy Sosa RC 213x300 Image

The 1990 Donruss set was terribly over-produced. As a result this card is worth, literally, pennies. The gaudy red borders don't help matters either.

1990 Fleer Sammy Sosa RC #548

1990 Fleer Sammy Sosa RC 214x300 Image

This is another over-produced card, although it's a little more popular than Sosa's Donruss rookie card. If you're looking for a bit of a challenge, 1990 Fleer has a variation that reads "Ptd. in Canada" on the back.

1990 Leaf Sammy Sosa RC #220

1990 Leaf Sammy Sosa RC 213x300 Image

This is, by far, the most popular Sammy Sosa rookie card. It was printed in a much smaller quantity than his other rookie cards. That said, it is from 1990, so its print run is relative. It's ironic that Sosa, who became known as a power hitter, is shown bunting on his most collectible rookie card.

1990 O-Pee-Chee Sammy Sosa RC #692

1990 Topps Sammy Sosa RC 215x300 Image

The O-Pee-Chee release from 1990 actually displays the Topps logo on the card front. It can be distinguished only by the bilingual card back. Rarer than its American counterpart, it usually sells for a little more.

1990 Score Sammy Sosa RC #558

1990 Score Sammy Sosa RC 212x300 Image

Often, key rookies ended up in Score's Rookies/Traded update sets. However, the company got Sosa into the main 1990 Score Baseball set. Like most of his cards, values suffer from a massive supply.

1990 Topps Sammy Sosa RC #692

1990 Topps Sammy Sosa RC 215x300 Image

Sosa is a key card in the 1990 Topps release along with fellow White Sox teammate, Frank Thomas. That being said, it can still be found very cheaply. Like Bowman, there's a Tiffany version that's rarer and much more valuable.

1990 Upper Deck Sammy Sosa RC #17

1990 Fleer Upper Deck RC 214x300 Image

Upper Deck's sophomore baseball set was very popular with collectors back in 1990. Sosa is one of the key rookies in the set. One of the year's more attractive sets, it's not hard to find today.

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SAMMY SOSA 23 CARD LOT W 11 INSERT CARDS CAT VALUE OVER $45 MIN BID $14.99 0 SH
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SAMMY SOSA 23 KT GOLD CARD (SB) SERIAL # 4052 SIGNATURE 66TH HOME RUN
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2000 Topps Chrome Refractors #50 Sammy Sosa - NM-MT
$8.40
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Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire Headliners XL Home Run Commemorative 2pack
$15.00
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SAMMY SOSA 1990 SCORE CSA GRADED 9 mint #1122433 ROOKIE card CHICAGO CUBS
$6.49
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1990 UPPER DECK SAMMY SOSA #17 PSA NM-MT 8 043
$9.99
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B15575 1990 Topps #692 Sammy Sosa RC White Sox 9 Card Lot
$24.97
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1990 Fleer Sammy Sosa Chicago White Sox #548 Baseball Card
$100.00
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SAMMY SOSA 1999 BOWMANS BEST #005 100 ATOMIC REFRACTOR RARE INSERT # 91
$35.00
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Sammy Sosa 2000 Pacific Private Stock Artist Canvas # 5
$10.00
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1990 UPPER DECK SAMMY SOSA MINT # 10
$9.00
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20x Sammy Sosa RC lot, 1990 Topps, Bowman, Upper Deck, Fleer, Score, St. Club ++
$13.99
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1990 LEAF SAMMY SOSA NM MT CHICAGO WHITE SOX #220 CARD WELL CENTERED
$6.00
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20x Sammy Sosa RC lot, 1990 Topps, Bowman, Upper Deck, Fleer, Score, SP, inserts
$13.99
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SAMMY SOSA & ERNIE BANKS TANDEMS GAME WORN JERSEY #001 250 CHICAGO CUBS RARE #1
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20x Sammy Sosa RC lot, 1990 Topps, Finest, Chrome, SP, inserts, Leaf +++
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Autograph Guide

Sammy Sosa Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Sammy Sosa'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.

Sammy Sosa Cut Signature Exemplar:

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Sammy Sosa Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Sammy Sosa 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. It is a very hard to decipher signature in terms of letter-by-letter analysis.
  2. The signature is large with several over-sized swooping lines.
  3. The most discernible letters are the "S"s in his first and last name.
  4. The first "S" is written so that the bottom of the letter contains a closed loop with a long horizontal line that extends back and to the right.
  5. The "y" is indicated by the presence of a small oval that rests on the horizontal plane.
  6. The second "S" is similar to the first.
  7. The end of the signature has a line coming of the "a" that rises well above the autograph and back to the left.
  8. Any number of inscriptions may be included.

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Sammy Sosa Rawlings Big Stick Autographed Signed Baseball Bat (PSA
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Sammy Sosa Autographed Signed 1999 All Star Ball PSA DNA U62965 Cubs
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1996 Leaf Signature Signed Autographed SAMMY SOSA Baseball Card PSA DNA
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Sammy Sosa Signed Home Run Game Used Baseball PSA COA
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Sammy Sosa Home Run Game Used Signed Baseball PSA COA
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RAWLINGS BIG STICK SAMMY SOSA SIGNED AUTOGRAPH AUTO PSA DNA BASEBALL BAT RARE MT
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SAMMY SOSA (Chicago Cubs) signed GAME USED ash bat w PSA COA
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1991 Fleer SAMMY SOSA Signed Autographed Baseball Card PSA DNA
$70.40
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Sammy Sosa signed Chicago White Sox color 8 x 10 photo Psa authenticated
$99.00
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SAMMY SOSA CUBS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
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SAMMY SOSA CUBS PRO MODEL 9X RBI'S SIGNED BASEBALL BAT # 43 121 PSA DNA I84222
$299.95
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SAMMY SOSA Signed Autographed Rawlings Official ONL Baseball Ball JSA I64144
$141.60
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SAMMY SOSA Signed Autographed Rawlings Official ONL Baseball Ball JSA I64150
$141.60
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SAMMY SOSA Signed Autographed Rawlings Official ONL Baseball Ball JSA I64140
$141.60
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SAMMY SOSA Signed Autographed Rawlings Official OML Baseball Ball JSA J85705
$141.60
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SAMMY SOSA SIGNED AUTO CUBS SPRING TRAINING 2001 HOHOKAM PROGRAM PSA DNA V49331
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