Rookie Card Year: 1948
Investment Rating: 7.0
One of the greatest hitters in baseball history, Stan Musial card collectors are among the most passionate in the hobby. Although he is sometimes overshadowed by other big names of the era like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, Musial is still an important part of the game's history and collecting. The 24-time All-Star (that is not a typo) was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969. Over the years, Musial has signed a lot of autographs and, understandably, his authenticated signatures can be purchased for very reasonable rates considering his accomplishments.
Despite a lengthy career, "Stan the Man" actually has a small amount of available cards. The most desirable Stan Musial card is his 1948 Bowman rookie card. It is interesting to note that Musial did not make his Topps debut until the 1958 set.
Stan Musial Rookie Card Checklist
The first thing that catches the eye with the first-year Stan Musial card is that it is black and white. The card is also noticeably undersized, checking in at 2-1/16" by 2-1/2. The card has a very generic appearance. If it weren't for the information on the back, one might think they are simply looking at an old photo. Thin paper and centering issues plague the card and professionally graded cards above a 5 are in short supply. This Stan Musial rookie is near the top of the 1948 Bowman Baseball list, second only to Yogi Berra's rookie card.
Stan Musial Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Stan Musial'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 company.
Signed Baseball Pricing:
Average eBay Sales Price: $90
Lowest Amazon Price: $106.95
Signed Jersey Pricing
Average eBay Sales Price: $180
Lowest Amazon Price: $223
Signed 8x10 Photo Pricing
Average eBay Sales Price: $50
Lowest Amazon Price: $88.48