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

Topps Bunt Tom Seaver and Matt Harvey Dual Sig with purchase of envelope
$25.00

Reds Tom Seaver 2004 Donruss Throwback Threads Century Stars Autograph Auto 4 5
$74.95

2012 Topps Retired Rings Tom Seaver 143 736
$19.95

1976 MSA Isaly's & Sweet William Discs TOM SEAVER PSA 9 METS
$9.99

1969 TOPPS DECALS #38 TOM SEAVER "WCG GRADED 10 MINT OR BETTER"
$74.99

Tom Seaver New York Mets Topps #300 Great Condition
$7.95

1969 MILTON BRADLEY TOM SEAVER METS HOF POP 11 PSA 8 B1604613
$14.99

2002 Topps 206 Piedmont Red #286B Tom Seaver White Sox RET - NM-MT
$6.00

Tom Seaver 2001 Fleer Platinum National Patch Time JERSEY New York Mets Reds
$12.00

1980 Topps Baseball Cards Lot Of (10), Paul Molitor , Tom Seaver, Joe Morgan
$6.00

1971 Topps Tom Seaver New York Mets #160 Baseball Card
$5.00

Tom Seaver Jersey 2002 Sweet Spot Classic J-TS New York Mets Free Shipping!!!
$14.99

1970 TOPPS BASEBALL FINAL SCRATCH CARD NEGATIVE TOM SEAVER TOPPS VAULT
$135.00

1968 TOPPS # 45 TOM SEAVER NMT OC , METS !!!
$34.99

METS 1969 Topps Stamp Album(TOM SEAVER JERRY KOOSMAN BUD HARRELSON ED KRANEPOOL
$19.99

1983 Topps Tom Seaver #580 JSA BVG BGS Authentic Autograph Signed IB52
$35.00
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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 Baseball

Tom Seaver Signed Jersey

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Tom Seaver Signed jersey

Tom Seaver Signed Photograph

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Tom Seaver Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

EARLY WYNN,WARREN SPAHN,TOM SEAVER,CARLTON,NIEKRO,PERRY JSA SIGNED MLB BASEBALL
$300.00

TOM SEAVER 1983 NY METS FIRST EDITION SIGNED AUTO & FRAMED INSIDE PITCH JSA
$349.99

1983 Topps Tom Seaver #580 JSA BVG BGS Authentic Autograph Signed IB52
$35.00

Tom Seaver PSA DNA COA signed 8x10 baseball Photo NY Mets Reds HOF auto
$50.00

Tom Seaver signed autograph 1975 Topps Baseball Card PSA DNA Slabbed
$100.00

PSA DNA SIGNED AUTO 1972 TOPPS TOM SEAVER 760
$38.99

Jim Palmer & Tom Seaver DUAL SIGNED Sports Illustrated Print PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$185.00

TOM SEAVER SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$45.00

TOM SEAVER AUTOGRAPH 3X5 INDEX CARD PSA DNA SIGNED
$42.00

TOM SEAVER NY METS JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$59.00

Mark McGwire Tom Seaver Randy Johnson Fred Lynn Signed USC Stat Jersey Steiner
$800.00

Tom Seaver Signed Auto MLB Major League Baseball Red Sox Mets Reds JSA COA
$95.00

Tom Seaver Signed Inscribed "HOF 92" OML Baseball Mets Auto Steiner Sports COA
$199.99

TOM SEAVER Autographed Signed Baseball PSA DNA V48160
$54.99

1969 Topps #480 Tom Seaver Signed Auto Autographed Card Mets PSA DNA *501323
$149.99

TOM SEAVER AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1979 TOPPS CARD #100 - PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$39.00
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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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