Tom Glavine Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Tom Glavine

Date of Birth: 3/25/1966
Rookie Card Year: 1988
Investment Rating: 7.0


Rookie Cards

Despite being one of the top pitchers of his generation, for the most part, Tom Glavine cards and memorabilia remain extremely affordable. Not helping matters is the fact that his rookies come from an era of massive print runs and wide availability. With a Hall of Fame resume, it's easy to jump in still and collect the pitching great.

Winner of two Cy Young Awards, Glavine is best known for his years with the Atlanta Braves as a part of a stellar rotation that also included Greg Maddux and John Smoltz. Appearing in five World Series with the team, Glavine was named the World Series MVP in 1995.

Between the Braves and the New York Mets, Glavine finished his career with 305 wins. He was an All-Star ten times.

Also a standout on the ice, Glavine was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 1984 NHL Draft.

Collectors have four different Tom Glavine rookie cards to chase. All cost very little. Even with his induction into Cooperstown, don't expect prices to jump very much. For those looking for premium Tom Glavine cards, rarer glossy versions of his rookies, early minor league cards and high-end hits are the best bets.

Tom Glavine Rookie Card Guide

1987 Sportflics Team Preview Atlanta Braves #24

The first MLB Tom Glavine card is actually from a 1987 set. The team card isn't an official rookie card, but it is a cheap option for Glavine completists. The Team Preview card features 12 total members of the Braves. In familiar Sportflics fashion, they're showcased with lenticular images. It was included as part of a 26-card box set.

1987 Sportflics Team Previews Atlanta Braves Tom Glavine 212x300 Image

1988 Donruss Tom Glavine RC #644

Like all Tom Glavine rookies, there is no shortage of his 1988 Donruss card. The drab photo and striped borders doesn't make for that most attractive card. Even high-grade copies from PSA and BGS shouldn't  cost very much.

1988 Donruss Tom Glavine RC 208x300 Image

1988 Fleer Tom Glavine RC #539

The brightest of Tom Glavine's rookie cards, it also captures the young player with the semblance of a smile. While the basic version shouldn't set you back more than a couple of dollars, there's also a Glossy version. That said, it's also widely available so there's not much of a premium.

1988 Fleer Tom Glavine RC 214x300 Image

1988 Score Tom Glavine RC #638

1988 Score Baseball is the only Tom Glavine rookie card to show the pitcher in action. Part of the company's debut set, the orange borders are bright and the arrows that are integrated into the design are an odd choice. Like Fleer, there's also a Glossy version. Available only in a factory set that had a reported print run of 5,000 copies, the 1988 Score Glossy Tom Glavine is one of his most popular cards. It's also relatively hard to find.

1988 Score Tom Glavine RC 213x300 Image

1988 Topps Tom Glavine RC #779

The portrait is  simple, but it works. Don't worry about having to pay more than a cup of coffee for this rookie. There are plenty to go around. If you're looking for a rarer option, there's the 1988 Topps Tiffany Tom Glavine. Though typically rare, the 1988 Topps Tiffany set came with a print run of 25,000 copies. Though in much shorter supply than the regular card, it's still easy to find as far as Tiffany cards go.

1988 Topps Tom Glavine RC 214x300 Image

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1992 Pinnacle Tom Glavine auto autograph JSA Certified *30327
$25.99
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1988 Topps Tom Glavine #779 Rookie and 1989 Topps John Smoltz #382 Rookie
$6.00
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1988 Topps # 779 Tom Glavine(RC) SGC 9 MINT
$7.99
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2005 Prime Patches Portraits Tom Glavine jumbo jersey #D486 532 *33316
$8.99
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39) Tom Glavine - Donruss, Fleer, Score, Topps, Leaf, 1988, 1999 (39 total)
$36.00
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RARE 1993 Fleer ad 11"x17" promo ad - Tom Glavine - Atlanta Braves
$5.00
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TOM GLAVINE 1997 SKYBOX E-X 2000 EX 2000 #52 ☆ PSA 10 Pristine ☆HOF
$23.99
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1999 UD HOLOGRFX #9 TOM GLAVINE PSA 10 * * GEM MINT * * Beautiful
$25.99
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1996 Circa Boss Tom Glavine #25 ** PSA 10 GEM MINT * * A Beauty * *
$24.99
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1988 Topps Tom Glavine Rookie Graded BCCG 10 Mint
$12.95
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Tom Glavine 2005 Prime Patches Portraits Quad Patch Relic, 13, NM
$79.99
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2004 Leaf Press Proofs Gold #263 Tom Glavine PTT 25 - NM-MT
$15.00
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2014 Topps Triple Threads Unity Relic Autographs Sepia #UAJRTG Tom Glavine
$19.99
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1988 Score Complete Set EX-MT Condition Tom Glavine + Matt Williams Rookie
$9.95
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Tom Glavine Investment lot 28, 24 different, 88 Topps, Score, 89 Bowman, more
$8.52
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1994 Post Tom Glavine Oversize Blank-Front Variety, Plus Card as Issued (2)
$17.50
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Minor League Cards

Tom Glavine Minor League Cards

Here's a gallery of Tom Glavine minor league cards that came out before his rookie cards. Most are scarce, especially when compared to the mass availability of the pitcher's first MLB cards.

1986 ProCards Greenville Braves Tom Glavine

1986 ProCards Greenville Braves Tom Glavine 209x300 Image

1986 Donn Jennings Southern League All-Stars Tom Glavine #23

1986 Jennings Southern League All Star Tom Glavine 203x300 Image

1987 Bob's Camera Richmond Braves Tom Glavine

1987 Bobs Camera Richmond Braves Tom Glavine 231x300 Image

1987 TCMA International League All-Stars Tom Glavine #32

1987 TCMA International League All Stars Tom Glavine 198x300 Image

1987 TCMA Richmond Braves Tom Glavine #5

1987 TCMA Richmond Braves Tom Glavine 198x300 Image

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1986 Minor League TOM GLAVINE RC *BGS 8 NM-MT* BRAVES Mets RC (HoF Class '14)
$11.99
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TOM GLAVINE PRE ROOKIE CARD 1986 Southern League All Stars Jennings #23 RC
$12.00
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TOM GLAVINE RICHMOND BRAVES 1987 TCMA #5 PSA-8 MINORS TEAM ISSUE ROOKIE RC CARD
$15.76
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1987 TCMA RICHMOND BRAVES SET - Tom GLAVINE
$14.99
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High Grade Lot of (7) 1987 TCMA Tom Glavine Rchmond Braves #5 (KCR)
$20.00
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1987 Donruss Greg Maddux 1988 Tom Glavine 1989 John Smoltz Rookie Cards + more
$9.99
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1986 Donn Jennings TOM GLAVINE Minor League #23 RC PSA 9
$24.99
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1986 Donn Jennings Southern League All-Stars 23 Tom Glavine PSA 9 Mint RC Braves
$44.99
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Greg Maddux rookies from 1987 and Tom Glavine rookies from 1988.
$5.99
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1987 CROWN OIL TOM GLAVINE GRADED PSA 8
$39.99
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1987 CROWN OIL TOM GLAVINE GRADED PSA 8
$39.99
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1987 TCMA RICHMOND BRAVES COMPLETE TEAM SET TOM GLAVINE *30974
$12.00
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Rare Lot of (7) Different Topps Tom Glavine ERROR CARDS from 1987-1992 FHOF
$6.99
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LowPOP! Tom Glavine 1987 TCMA I.L. All Stars PSA 9! 1988 Score Glossy POP = 156
$24.00
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1987 SPORTFLICS TOM GLAVINE RC 2CT+1993 CAREER HIGHLIGHT SET+5 PROFILES PROMO+TS
$14.94
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1987 TCMA Richmond Braves Minor League Baseball Set Atlanta Tom Glavine *ML 1
$8.54
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Autograph Guide

Tom Glavine Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Tom Glavine'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, Schwartz Sports and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Tom Glavine Cut Signature Exemplar

Tom Glavine Signed Baseball Image

Tom Glavine Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tom Glavine 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. Written in small, script, every letter is legible
  2. The letter "T" includes a curve to the left making it resemble the number "7"
  3. The pen lifts for a closed "o" that flows into the letter "m"
  4. The "G" is printed in a way that it looks like the number "6"
  5. The "l" consists of a straight line leaning to the right
  6. The "a" is implied, following into a small "v-i-n"
  7. The signature is closed by an 'e" that is fully closed

Tom Glavine Signed Baseball

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Tom Glavine Signed Photograph

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Tom Glavine signed Atlanta Braves 1993 Pinnacle baseball card Psa
$40.00
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Tom Glavine Signed 16X20 Photo With Inscription 91 N.L. CY JSA COA
$75.00
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1990 Leaf #13 Tom Glavine PSA DNA Authentic Signed Auto HOF Braves Mets
$42.99
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2005 Topps Heritage #248 Tom Glavine PSA DNA Signed Auto HOF Braves Mets
$42.99
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1988 Topps #779 Tom Glavine RC PSA DNA Authentic Signed Auto HOF Braves Mets
$49.00
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Tom Glavine Autographed Signed 8X10 Photo Braves HOF PSA DNA Certified
$49.99
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Braves Tom Glavine Signed Autographed 8 x 10 Photo PSA DNA Authentic
$37.99
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1988 Fleer GLOSSY Tom Glavine PSA DNA signed rookie card HOF 2014 Atlanta Braves
$37.99
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TOM GLAVINE METS SIGNED PSA DNA 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$54.00
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TOM GLAVINE PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1992 PINNACLE AUTOGRAPH
$39.00
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TOM GLAVINE PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1991 TOPPS STADIUM CLUB AUTOGRAPH
$40.00
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TOM GLAVINE PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1992 UPPER DECK AUTOGRAPH
$39.00
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TOM GLAVINE PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1996 UPPER DECK AUTOGRAPH
$39.00
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TOM GLAVINE PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1994 FLEER AUTOGRAPH
$44.00
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Tom Glavine H&B Game Used Signed Bat 1991 Braves Cy Young HOF PSA DNA GU 9
$2,495.00
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TOM GLAVINE SIGNED PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED 1990 DONRUSS AUTOGRAPH
$38.00
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