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

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 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 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 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.

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1994 Post #16 Tom Glavine FHOF BGS 7 Population 1
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Tom Glavine 1986 Procards Greenville Braves #9 BGS 9
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2014 Topps Supreme Tom Glavine Autograph Piece of Authentic Serial Numbered 25
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Tom Glavine 1987 Crown Oil Richmond Braves #14 PSA 8
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2014 Panini Hall of Fame Green Frame Red #98 Tom Glavine - NM-MT
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2014 Topps High Tek Clouds Diffractor 17 25 #HT-TG Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves!!
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2014 Topps Museum Collection Tom Glavine BLUE Parallel 56 99 !!! BRAVES
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1988 Donruss - Complete 660 Card Factory Set - Musial Puzzle - Tom Glavine RC
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Tom Glavine, 1988 Topps, ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10
$7.51

1989-2008 Topps Chrome, Bowman, Tom Glavine Set Lot 31 of 36 Diff, Braves
$22.00

2003 SWEET SPOT SIGNATURES TOM GLAVINE AUTO AUTOGRAPH BAT BARREL # 36 345
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TOM GLAVINE 2005 ABSOLUTE TOOLS OF THE TRADE TT47 - SP 21 150 - BAT
$20.00

1988 TOPPS ROOKIE TOM GLAVINE #779 PSA MINT 9
$22.99

PSA 9 MINT 1988 SCORE #638 TOM GLAVINE ROOKIE CARD
$8.99

1998 (BB) Donruss Collections Preferred #602 Tom Glavine GS - NM-MT
$5.00

1994 Stadium Club Team First Day Issue #56 Tom Glavine
$12.00
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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

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

1986 Jennings Southern League All-Star Tom Glavine

1987 Bob's Camera Richmond Braves Tom Glavine

1987 TCMA International League All-Stars Tom Glavine #32

1987 TCMA Richmond Braves Tom Glavine #5

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Tom Glavine 1986 Procards Greenville Braves #9 BGS 9
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Tom Glavine 1987 Crown Oil Richmond Braves #14 PSA 8
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1987 Donruss Greg Maddux 1988 Tom Glavine 1989 John Smoltz Rookie Cards + more
$9.99

1986 DONN JENNINGS SOUTHERN LEAGUE #23 TOM GLAVINE RC HOF PSA 10 B1664752-012
$23.99

Greg Maddux rookies from 1987 and Tom Glavine rookies from 1988.
$5.99

1986 DONN JENNINGS #23 TOM GLAVINE PSA 10 GEM MINT SOUTHERN LEAGUE ALL STARS HOF
$31.49

1986 DONN JENNINGS #23 TOM GLAVINE PSA 9 MINT SOUTHERN LEAGUE ALL STARS HOF
$12.59

TOM GLAVINE 1986 SOUTHERN LEAGUE ALL-STAR MINOR LEAGUE ROOKIE BASEBALL CARD # 23
$5.20

1986 Southern League All-Stars Jennings #23 Tom Glavine - NM-MT
$8.00

1986 Donn Jennings RC Tom Glavine #23 PSA 9 Mint Atlanta Braves HOF
$9.00

RICHMOND BRAVES TEAM SET1987 TOM GLAVINE
$5.99

1986 DJ Tom Glavine # 23 Southern League All-Star Greenville Braves NR
$6.95

Lot of 6 Sportflics Atlanta Braves Tom Glavine rookie Team Preview 1987
$10.00

1987 Tom Glavine, Mcgwire, Bo Jackson Southern League All Stars Minor League Set
$9.95

1986 Donn Jennings Southern League All-Star Tom Glavine #23 PSA 10 Card Minor
$42.96

Tom Glavine Auto Autograph Topps 1987 Card Cards Signed 2 Lot Atlanta Braves MLB
$19.25
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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

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

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Tom Glavine Mets signed 8.5x11 baseball photo PSA DNA auto
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TOM GLAVINE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL ATLANTA BRAVES "HOF 2014" PSA DNA
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TOM GLAVINE SIGNED BECKETT - JSA
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Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves 1988 Donruss Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
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METS TOM GLAVINE SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #T74540
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Braves Tom Glavine Signed Autographed Baseball Bat w WS MVP PSA DNA
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Tom Glavine Signed Auto'd 2001 Braves Card PSA DNA Slab
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Tom Glavine Signed Auto'd 2003 Braves Card PSA DNA Slab
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Tom Glavine Signed Auto'd 1996 Braves Card PSA DNA Slab
$49.99

Tom Glavine New York Mets Framed Signed Auto Autographed 8x10 JSA
$89.99

Tom Glavine Braves Signed " autograph" Baseball JSA LOA
$119.99

Tom Glavine Signed Official MLB Baseball PSA DNA Mets HOF
$79.95

(2) Tom Glavine signed 1988 Topps #779 Rookie Cards PSA DNA
$150.00

(2) Tom Glavine 1988 Topps Signed #779 Rookie Cards PSA DNA
$150.00

Tom Glavine signed autographed OMLB Braves HOF PSA DNA
$49.99

Tom Glavine Signed Official Major League Baseball w PSA DNA Atlanta Braves
$64.95
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  1. Hello,
    i have a few cards triple play is the only trade name.Is there any value to a MMonth Vaughn or Tom Glavine

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