Satchel Paige Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Satchel Paige

Date of Birth: 7/7/1906
Rookie Card Year: 1949
Investment Rating: 9.0


Overview

Satchel Paige was the first player inducted into the Hall of Fame based upon his play in the Negro Leagues. And his achievements were legendary. His career lasted long enough to see desegregation in the Major Leagues. Paige's MLB career saw him play for the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Kansas City Athletics. The combination of his tremendous play and historical contributions have given Satchel Paige cards and memorabilia a dedicated following, even today.

Most collectors generally accept that Satchel Paige has two official rookie cards, 1948-49 Leaf and 1949 Bowman. Both cards picture him as a member of the Cleveland Indians. Additionally, Paige has team-issued cards from both the 1948 and 1949 seasons as well as a card issued by the Cleveland Sun in 1949.

Satchel Paige's first autographed card is a minor league promotional card from the 1976 Tulsa Oilers set. It is his only on-card autograph and is considered very rare. His first card produced by a major trading card manufacturer is from the 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends set. It is a one-of-one cut signatures. Upper Deck would go on to produce 36 cut signature cards of Paige for inclusion in 2001 SP Legendary Cuts.

His first memorabilia card was issued in 2002 Topps Heritage and consisted of a seat relic. His first game-worn cards were released by Donruss/Playoff and Upper Deck in 2004. The cards from Donruss/Playoff feature a swatch of a Satchel Paige game-worn jersey and were included in 2004 Leaf Certified and 2004 Prime Cuts II. 2004 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection has Satchel Paige cards with a swatch of game-worn uniform pants.

Satchel Paige autographed memorabilia is highly in demand. As a result, there are a fair number of forged items in the marketplace. Collectors should take extra caution when looking to purchase a signed piece of Satchel Paige memorabilia.

Satchel Paige Rookie Cards

1948-49 Leaf Satchel Paige RC #8 SP

1948 Leaf Satchel Paige RC #8

Despite being photographed mid-blink, the exuberance on his face cannot be missed. Being allowed to finally play in the Major Leagues after years of segregation must have been an overwhelmingly emotional experience. This card shares that emotion. The cards measure 2 3/8" x 2 7/8" and is a short-print. There has been a longtime debate about when the 1948-49 Leaf set was actually released. Because a lot of signs point to 1949, most collectors accept both this and his 1949 Bowman card below as being Satchel Paige rookie cards.

1949 Bowman Satchel Paige RC #224

1949 Bowman Satchel Paige RC #224

This 1949 Bowman has been a long-time favorite of vintage collectors. The card measures 2 1/16" x 2 1/2" making it slightly smaller than its Leaf counterpart. Some critics have knocked the design for having the nameplate intrude into the photo area. The cards are designated as R406-2 in the American Card Catalog.

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Kansas City Monarchs Satchel Paige Upper Deck Historical Beginnings Figurine Nib
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1989 Bowman Reprint Inserts 1949 Leroy "Satchell" Paige (#8) BGS9.5 BGS
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1981 Hall of Fame metallic card Satchel Paige
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1989 Bowman Chrome Leroy "Satchell" Paige Refractor and Basic Card #224
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Jim Thorpe, Shoeless Joe, Satchel Paige - original 1 1 baseball paintings by Q
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1953 Topps #220 Satchel Paige PSA 3 N5969
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1953 Topps #220 Satchel Paige VG N2263
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1953 Topps #220 Satchel Paige GOOD N8339
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SATCHEL PAIGE GAME USED JERSEY 2008 DONRUSS SPORTS LEGENDS BGS 9 9.5 10 MINT BVG
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1953 Topps Satchell Paige #220 PSA 6.5 Browns
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Satchel Paige 2014 Panini Classic Timeless Tributes Silver Base Card 149
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1953 Topps SATCHELL PAIGE #220 PSA 1.5 Fair CLASSIC SATCHEL CARD @BARGAIN PRICE!
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Satchel Paige Leonard Bell 2011 SP Legendary Cuts Quad Cut Signature Book 1 5
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2012 National Treasures - Satchel Paige cut auto, jumbo relic booklet #4 5 - HOF
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1953 Topps SGC lot w #220 Satchel Paige - #86 Billy Martin
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HOF. SATCHELL PAIGE 1953 Topps #220 BECKETT GRADED EX PLUS + 5.5 Sharp Clen Card
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Autograph Guide

Satchel Paige Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Satchel Paige'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.

Satchel Paige Cut Signature Exemplar

Satchel Paige Signature Example

Satchel Paige Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Satchel Paige 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.
  2. It is often seen written on a rising angle from start to finish of about 30 degrees.
  3. The majority of the letters are discernible.
  4. The "S" and "P" are larger than the other letters.
  5. The "t" is crossed longer to the left-hand side of the vertical line.
  6. The loop in the "P" is oval in shape.

Satchel Paige Signed Memorabilia

Active Listings for Satchel Paige Signed Memorabilia

Satchel Paige Certified Signature Index Card

Satchel Paige Signed Baseball

Satchel Paige Photo

Satchel Paige SP Legendary Cuts Autograph Card

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Satchel Paige Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo JSA #X22450
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SATCHEL PAIGE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA GOLD HOF POSTCARD 83047920
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SATCHEL PAIGE MINT JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTOGRAPH
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Satchel Paige - Signed Yellow Hall of Fame Postcard - SGC JSA Certified
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SATCHEL PAIGE SIGNED PSA DNA GOLD HOF PLAQUE AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
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1974 HOF GAME SCORECARD SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA 6 SIGNATURES SATCHEL PAIGE 01160
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Willie Mays Stan Musial Spahn Gehringer Satchel Paige Signed Baseball PSA LOA
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Satchel Paige Signed Autographed PSA DNA Index Card
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Satchel Paige Signed First Day Gateway Cover RARE! JSA LOA
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Cleveland Indians Satchel Paige Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Authentic
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Satchel Paige SIGNED 3x5 Index Card (DEC) PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
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RARE SATCHEL PAIGE SINGLE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL PSA DNA LOA HOF Auto
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Satchel Paige Signed Index Card PSA DNA Slabbed HOF
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SATCHEL PAIGE SIGNED HOF PLAQUE POSTCARD JSA LOA
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Bob Feller with Satchel Paige Framed Signed Auto Autographed 8x10 JSA
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