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

02 CLASSICS LEGEND HOF TOM SEAVER AUTO #D 25 METS
$69.95

1974 TOPPS # 80 TOM SEAVER METS NR-MT 223485
$13.00

1982 Donruss #16 TOM SEAVER DK Diamond King HOF BGS 8.5 Low Pop 1 3 NM-Mint+
$9.95

1971 TOPPS #160 TOM SEAVER EX B8303
$11.99

1972 TOPPS #446 TOM SEAVER EX B8337
$6.99

1989 Topps Baseball Talk Pack (SCARCE) - ROBIN YOUNT (TOP), TOM SEAVER!!! - HOF
$19.99

2002 UD Piece of History - TOM SEAVER - Game Used Jersey - METS
$19.99

1979 Topps # 100 Tom Seaver Cincinnati Reds PSA 8 NM-MT # 23595425
$18.00

32395* 1974 Topps # 80 Tom Seaver
$6.00

Tom Seaver 1968 Topps #45 Rookie RC Card Mets Hall of Fame
$20.00

1968 Topps Baseball Card 2nd year Card Tom Seaver New York Mets NR Mint # 45
$29.95

1984 TOPPS #246 TOM SEAVER PSA 10 B1852851-096
$72.99

1971 TOPPS COINS #127 TOM SEAVER METS HOF PSA 8 B1902633-206
$89.99

1971 Topps Tom Seaver Baseball Card # 160, Nice Corners, Well Centered, EX-MT
$12.97

TOM SEAVER - 1968 Topps Baseball Card # 45 - HOF New York Mets
$19.99

1969 TOPPS TOM SEAVER #480 NEW YORK METS
$39.95
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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 Photograph

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Tom Seaver Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

TOM SEAVER VINTAGE REDS SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$54.00

TOM SEAVER SIGNED PSA DNA 1989 FDC AUTOGRAPH
$45.00

Tom Seaver Signed 1975 New York Mets Yearbook Magazine Cover PSA DNA Auto W32000
$29.00

Tom Seaver Signed 1975 New York Mets Yearbook Magazine Cover PSA DNA Auto W32001
$29.00

Tom Seaver Signed 7.25x7.25 Magazine Page Photo PSA DNA Auto Autograph W32068
$29.00

Tom Seaver Signed 7.5x10.75 Magazine Page Photo PSA DNA Auto Autograph W32069
$29.00

Tom Seaver Signed The Sporting News Magazine Cover PSA DNA Auto Autograph W30064
$29.00

Tom Seaver mets UPPER DECK Signed On Card UDA Authentic AUTO autograph mets
$59.99

Tom Seaver Autographed Signed 1981 Fleer Card #200 PSA DNA #83431896
$49.00

TOM SEAVER SIGNED PANORAMIC FRAMED PHOTO PSA-DNA METS
$239.95

JSA Authentic Signed 1985 Donruss Tom Seaver Auto Error
$63.95

PSA DNA - 1978 CINCINNATI REDS Team Signed Baseball! HOF TOM SEAVER, JOE MORGAN
$499.00

Tom Seaver SIGNED Sports Illustrated Print New York Mets ITP PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$135.00

TOM SEAVER 1982 TOPPS SIGNED PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$42.00

TOM SEAVER SIGNED PSA DNA 1985 FDC AUTOGRAPH
$45.00

TOM SEAVER JERRY KOOSMAN 1973 TOPPS SIGNED PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$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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