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 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 1958.
Stan Musial Rookie Card Checklist
The first thing that catches the eye with the 1948 Bowman 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 were 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, along with the Yogi Berra rookie card.
1953 Red Man # 26N Stan Musial (Cardinals)
STAN MUSIAL (HOF) WILLIE MAYS (HOF) 1963 TOPPS "PRIDE OF NL" #138 NM-MT
1958 Topps #476 Stan Musial A.S. (Cardinals) EX+
1960 Topps #250 Stan Musial (Cardinals) EX MT
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. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Reggie Jackson.com and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Stan Musial Cut Signature Exemplar
Stan Musial Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Stan Musial signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. As an active member of the autograph circuit, Musial autographs are plentiful. However due to the length of time he spent signing, his signature deteriorated over time. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A pride of penmanship exists even into his older years.
- The letter "S" is large and includes a loop allowing the pen to flow into the "t" which is crossed in the middle.
- The pen lifts for the letters "a" and "n" which are legible.
- The "M" is angular and printed.
- The "usial" are all legible with the "i" dotted and the "l" not always closed.
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