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 Image

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.

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1977 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD #6 NOLAN RYAN TOM SEAVER CALIFORNIA LA ANGELS NY METS
$15.00
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1968 Topps #45 Topps Tom Seaver Rookie Card(VERY GOOD CONDITION)
$19.99
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1970 Topps #300 Tom Seaver, N.Y. Mets
$5.95
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1984 Fleer #595 TOM SEAVER *BGS 9.5 GEM MINT* 28 YEAR-Old Gem METS (HOF)
$16.75
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1978 OPC O PEE CHEE BASEBALL 120 TOM SEAVER REDS N MINT
$7.99
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1979 OPC O PEE CHEE BASEBALL #44 TOM SEAVER REDS N MINT
$9.99
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1980 OPC O PEE CHEE BASEBALL 260 TOM SEAVER REDS N MINT
$9.99
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1973 topps #350 TOM SEAVER mets BGS BCCG 8
$12.00
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1982 OPC O PEE CHEE BASEBALL 31 TOM SEAVER REDS CARD NM
$6.39
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1971 TOPPS TOM SEAVER CARD #160
$7.99
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1975 TOPPS TOM SEAVER CARD #370
$6.99
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1971 Topps Baseball card #160 Tom Seaver New York Mets EX+
$9.99
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1977 TOPPS STRIKEOUT LEADERS  NOLAN RYAN TOM SEAVER CARD #6
$9.99
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1983 OPC O PEE CHEE BASEBALL #354 TOM SEAVER REDS MINT
$6.39
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1983 OPC O PEE CHEE BASEBALL 52 TOM SEAVER REDS CARD MT
$6.39
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2010 Topps TOM SEAVER #377B SP ...BV $20
$10.00
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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

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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 Jersey

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Tom Seaver Signed Photograph

Active Listings for Tom Seaver Signed Photographs

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TOM SEAVER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED AUTO INDEX CARD PSA DNA SLABBED
$45.00
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Tom Seaver Autographed Signed NY Mets 16x20 Photo "HOF 92" PSA DNA #U58808
$79.00
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Tom Seaver Autographed Signed NY Mets 16x20 Photo "HOF 92" PSA DNA #U58809
$79.00
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TOM SEAVER Autographed Signed Baseball PSA DNA V48161
$54.99
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TOM SEAVER Autographed Signed Baseball PSA DNA V48160
$54.99
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TOM SEAVER AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1979 TOPPS CARD #100 - PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$39.00
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Tom Seaver Signed Hand Painted OAL Bobby Brown Baseball Auto NY Mets PSA DNA
$199.99
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TOM SEAVER JSA CERTED SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$43.00
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METS TOM SEAVER AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1977 HOSTESS #7 PSA DNA SLABBED
$49.99
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TOM SEAVER SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA METS COA HOF
$44.99
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Tom Seaver & Jim Palmer Autographed Signed SI Magazine Cover PSA DNA #W66727
$99.00
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PSA DNA Tom Seaver Signed Autographed Envelope Induction Day Cooperstown Stamp
$54.00
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Tom Seaver 1994 Capital Cards 1969 Mets #28 signed autograph auto PSA Slabbed
$95.00
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TOM SEAVER JSA SIGNED AUTOGRAPH BASEBALL ON THE SWEET SPOT NEAR MINT
$79.99
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Tom Seaver Autographed Signed 1973 Topps Card #350 PSA DNA #83450134
$59.00
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Tom Seaver Autographed Signed 1972 Topps Card #446 PSA DNA #8345
$59.00
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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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