Tom Seaver Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Tom Seaver

Date of Birth: 11/17/1944
Rookie Card Year: 1967
Investment Rating: 9.0


Overview

Pitchers don't often get a lot of love in the hobby. Tom Seaver cards and memorabilia are a major exception.

Seaver pitched  for four different teams over his 20-year career (New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox). Celebrating his greatest success in New York, he is the only Cooperstown inductee to wear a Mets cap so far.

Between 1967 and 1986, Seaver racked up 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and a 2.86 earned run average. Named the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year, Seaver was a 14-time All-Star selection and won the coveted Cy Young Award as the league's best pitcher on three occasions. Seaver also led the 1969 Miracle Mets to a World Series Championship. In 1988 the team acknowledged his contributions to the franchise by retiring his jersey number 41.

As a popular member of the 300-Win Club, Tom Seaver cards have held their value over the years. Despite his willingness to sign and frequent participation at collector events, demand remains strong for his items. Single-signed balls, 1969 team-signed balls, and game-used jerseys are just some of the coveted Seaver pieces collectors seek.

Tom Seaver Rookie Cards

1967 Topps Tom Seaver RC #581 with Bill Denehy

1967 Topps Baseball Tom Seaver and Bill Denhey

The Tom Seaver rookie card is in 1967 Topps Baseball. He's not alone on the card, which is common for cards of the era. Seaver shares his first baseball card with Bill Denehy. The distinct yellow borders make the card easily identifiable. Featuring a full head shot, the young Seaver appears to be focused on the season's task at hand. Subject to print dots, a flaw in the printing process common to the era, this card commands highly respectable dollars in top grade.

Top eBay Listings

1 FB Card W Free Matt Harvey Tom Seaver 2014 Topps Bunt Sig (300)
$14.99

1 FB Card W Free Tom Seaver 2015 Topps Bunt History Makers (200)
$9.99

TOM SEAVER 1969 Lincoln Cent (BU) Insert Coin Card -AP Male Athlete of the Year
$6.99

1971 Topps TOM SEAVER #160 Ex+ Exmt NEW YORK METS !!
$30.00

1975 TOPPS MINI TOM SEAVER CARD NO:370 NEAR MINT
$15.00

1972 O-Pee-Chee #446 Tom Seaver In Action - PSA 7 NM - Vintage OPC
$9.99

1969 Topps TOM SEAVER #480 Nrmt+ NEW YORK METS !!
$135.00

1970 TOPPS #300 TOM SEAVER Baseball Card (EX) HOF BBV $30
$8.00

1970 O-Pee-Chee TOM SEAVER #300 Nrmt Nrmt+ NEW YORK METS !!
$65.00

Tom Seaver Pitcher 300 Topps Baseball Card
$8.00

Tom Seaver Mets single 2011 topps patch card TLMP-TS
$6.00

1987 TOPPS #425 TOM SEAVER LOT OF 225 MINT B30826
$22.00

1984 TOPPS #740 TOM SEAVER LOT OF 25 MINT FREE COMBINED SHIPPING
$12.95

Tom Seaver 1978 Topps Baseball Card Graded PSA 9 Mint Vintage #450 HOF
$8.95

1978 Topps Baseball Unopened Cello Pack with Tom Seaver on Back
$79.99

1968 Topps #45 Tom Seaver - EX - Free shipping
$19.99
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Autograph Guide

Tom Seaver Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Tom Seaver'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 Seaver Cut Signature Exemplar

Tom Seaver Cut Signature Exemplar

Tom Seaver Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tom Seaver 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 classic cursive script.
  2. The letters "T" and "S" are over-sized.
  3. The letter "T" has a closed oval loop at the bottom and and angled line at the top on a 65 degree angle.
  4. The letter "o" is visible but not closed but does contain an additional loop to maintain pen flow into the "m" which is implied by what looks like a letter "u."
  5. The letter "S" comes to a point at the top and includes a narrow triangle shape with a round loop that flows into a series of letters that appear very similar in nature until reaching the letter "r."
  6. The letter "r" is discernible and includes a trailing tail.

Tom Seaver Signed Baseball

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TOM SEAVER SIGNED 3000 K`S FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$47.00

TOM SEAVER SIGNED 1978 TOPPS PSA DNA CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$44.00

TOM SEAVER JSA AUTOGRAPH CERTIFIED AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL SIGNED AUTHENTIC
$79.00

TOM SEAVER SIGNED 3000 K`S FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$51.00

TOM SEAVER JSA CERTIFIED SIGNED FDC 1983 AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$45.00

Tom Seaver Mets Autograph September 19, 1995 Signed Sport Legend Card JSA
$49.99

1969 New York Mets Official Yearbook Signed By Tom Seaver PSA DNA Certified
$250.00

Tom Seaver Signed 11x14 Photo 7 24 88 JSA Certified Auto 215912S
$34.99

TOM SEAVER SIGNED INDEX CARD AUTO PSA DNA C00117
$29.99

Tom Seaver Signed 11x14 Photo 7 24 88 JSA Certified Auto 215914S
$34.99

Tom Seaver Signed 11x14 Photo 7 24 88 JSA Certified Auto 215916S
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Tom Seaver Signed 11x14 Photo 7 24 88 JSA Certified Auto 215917S
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Tom Seaver Signed 11x14 Photo 7 24 88 JSA Certified Auto 215918S
$34.99

1976 Topps Tom Seaver Card Signed JSA COA Autographed Authentic MLB Baseball HOF
$39.99

Tom Seaver Signed 1978 Topps - PSA DNA
$42.00

Tom Seaver Signed 1972 Topps - PSA DNA
$45.00
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User Comments

  1. Do not see the card that I have. He is in a Mets #4 shirt, lettering in blue and red, with striped uniform. It is in a plastic case 1993. Is it worth anything?

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