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

Tom Seaver Auto Signed Gartlan The Franchise Plate Gorgeous Condition
$49.95

1970 Topps #300 Tom Seaver NEW YORK METS EX
$15.00

1982 KELLOGG'S STARTER SET with 17 CARDS of TOM SEAVER + 16
$14.50

1978 O-PEE-CHEE TOM SEAVER OPC #120 REDS
$5.99

1968 TOM SEAVER NY METS HOF TOPPS #45 $60
$25.00

1972 Topps Tom Seaver In Action #446 Mets EX+-NM
$8.99

1975 Topps #370 TOM SEAVER PSA 7 NM New York METS CY YOUNG Award
$12.99

1974 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD # 207, NOLAN RYAN, TOM SEAVER, STRIKEOUT LEADERS
$6.00

1972 Tom Seaver #445 Topps Baseball Card HI-GRADE
$19.99

1972 Tom Seaver #446 Topps Baseball Card HI-GRADE
$9.99

TOM SEAVER 5CT 1975 SSPC JUMBO + 3 1977 TOPPS + 25 1982 DIAMOND KING SUPER NICE
$13.30

1981 KELLOGG'S TOM SEAVER GRADED 10 + 4 1977 3 1978 3 1985 LEAF CORRECT
$14.30

1971 Topps #160 Tom Seaver HOF PSA 7 NM New York Mets
$13.50

1975 Topps #370 Tom Seaver New York Mets EX+-EXMT (mark on back) 0504
$6.30

1971 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD TOM SEAVER #160 !!7114
$5.99

TOM SEAVER 2011 Topps Update #US85B White Sox
$8.00
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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 Photograph

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Tom Seaver Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Yogi Berra Nolan Ryan Tom Seaver + Miracle Mets 1969 Signed 16x20 Photo PSA DNA
$249.99

TOM SEAVER SIGNED FDC POSTAL COVER AUTOGRAHED JSA L94466
$39.99

1975 Topps Tom Seaver JSA BVG BGS Authentic Autograph Signed IB138
$30.00

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

Tom Seaver Autographed 300th Win Chicago White Sox 8x10 Signed Photo STEINER
$99.99

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

Tom Seaver Index Card PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph Signed *4721
$49.00

Tom Seaver Index Card PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph Signed *4723
$49.00

Tom Seaver Signed MLB Official Baseball (TRISTAR COA)
$59.99

Tom Seaver & Craig Swan Signed NY Mets Baseball HOF Autographed PSA COA
$35.00

Nolan Ryan & Tom Seaver Autographed Signed Mets Majestic Jersey PSA DNA #Y28498
$399.00

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

Tom Seaver signed 8x10 baseball Photo PSA
$50.00

TOM SEAVER SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 1985 FDC AUTHENIC AUTOGRAPH
$47.00

TOM SEAVER SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 1981 FDC AUTHENIC AUTOGRAPH
$46.00

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