Tony Gwynn Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Tony Gwynn

Date of Birth: 5/9/1960
Rookie Card Year: 1983
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

One of baseball's greatest and most consistent hitters, Tony Gwynn is also one of the game's greatest ambassadors. Easily one of the most popular players of the 1980s and 1990s, Tony Gwynn cards remain affordable.

Gwynn spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres, an impressive feat for someone from the modern era who played for two decades. A local talent, he was born in Los Angeles and went to San Diego State University. Gwynn racked up eight batting titles and was considered one of the game's hardest workers.

Tony Gwynn has four rookie cards. Released in 1983, they're relatively inexpensive as they were released at a time of growing print runs. Despite the overwhelming quantities available, high grade examples can command top dollar.

A widely accessible signer, Gwynn's autographs are very affordable as well, on both cards and memorabilia. Even in retirement, he still appeared regularly in newer sets. While the supply may be on the higher side and the prices a little flat, Tony Gwynn cards and memorabilia remain popular with collectors.

Tony Gwynn Rookie Card Guide

1983 Donruss Tony Gwynn RC #598

1983 Donruss Baseball is one of the company's nicer releases, even if it did borrow very heavily from the previous year's design. The Gwynn is the set's most popular card. Like all Tony Gwynn rookie cards, it's fairly easy to find at an affordable price.

1983 Donruss Tony Gwynn RC

1983 Fleer Tony Gwynn RC #360

The 1983 Fleer Tony Gwynn rookie card has a plain, almost drab look -- and that's still with the bright yellow of the Padres uniform. The value is comparable to the Hall of Famer's Donruss rookie card. Its plentiful supply has strangled values in recent years.

1983 Fleer Tony Gwynn RC

1983 O-Pee-Chee Tony Gwynn RC #143

If you're looking for the toughest Tony Gwynn rookie card, 1983 O-Pee-Chee is it. Originally distributed in Canada, the card is very similar in design to its Topps cousin. The logo on the front and bilingual text are the easiest differences to notice. As with most O-Pee-Chee sets, centering and poorly cut edges make truly high-grade cards tough to come by.

1983 O-Pee-Chee Tony Gwynn RC

1983 Topps Tony Gwynn RC #482

The 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn rookie card is easily his most recognizable. Because of its iconic status and the set's overall popularity, it carries a premium over Gwynn's other rookies. But that doesn't mean it's not affordable. A large supply has helped ensure that prices haven't taken off.

1983 Topps Tony Gwynn RC

Top eBay Listings

1984 DONRUSS TONY GWYNN HOF #324 PSA 10 CENTERED
$74.99

1983 FLEER TONY GWYNN RC ROOKIE #360 MINT PADRES
$14.99

1985 FLEER TONY GWYNN LIMITED EDITION #11 PSA GEM 10
$26.99

1985 TOPPS TONY GWYNN #660 PSA GEM 10 50-50 CENT ?
$49.99

1985 TOPPS TONY GWYNN #660 PSA MINT 9 50-50 CENT
$34.99

1986 LEAF TONY GWYNN #41 PSA GEM MINT 10 1 19 POP
$34.99

1987 DONRUSS OPENING DAY TONY GWYNN #146 PSA 10 1 27
$29.99

1987 TOPPS COINS TONY GWYNN #34 PSA MINT 9
$22.99

1989 FLEER TONY GWYNN #305 PSA MINT 9
$16.99

Tony Gwynn 1983 Fleer RC Baseball Card #360 FGA Gem MT 10 Padres 83
$22.00

1994 Stadium Club First Day Issue #151 Tony Gwynn 2000
$20.00

1998 (BB) Donruss Collections Preferred #558 Tony Gwynn FB
$10.00

1998 (BB) Donruss Preferred #8 Tony Gwynn FB
$12.00

1999 Bowman Gold #264 Tony Gwynn 99
$20.00

2003 Leaf Limited Threads #164 Tony Gwynn 100 Jsy
$20.00

1993 MSA METZ BAKING TONY GWYNN RARE PSA 9
$19.99
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Autograph Guide

Tony Gwynn Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Tony Gwynn'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 and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Tony Gwynn Cut Signature Exemplar

Tony Gwynn Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tony Gwynn 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. Gwynn possesses an odd and unique signature in that it is written but largely indecipherable.
  2. The letter "T" is over-sized in nature and contains a large lower loop resembling a corn kernel.
  3. The letters "o-n" are not legible.
  4. The letter "y" is indicated by a tail.
  5. The letter "G" looks more like a number "6."
  6. The letters "w-y" are legible.
  7. The pen lifts and an implied letter "n" is marked with an extending tail.

Tony Gwynn Signed Baseball

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Tony Gwynn Signed Baseball

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Tony Gwynn Signed Jersey

Tony Gwynn Signed Bat

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Tony Gwynn Signed Bat

Tony Gwynn Signed Photograph

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Tony Gwynn Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

TONY GWYNN PADRES CERTIFIED CUT PSA DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH AUTO SIGNED SLABBED
$39.99

Tony Gwynn Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA San Diego Padres Autographed 1A
$199.99

Tony Gwynn Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA San Diego Padres Autographed 1B
$199.98

Tony Gwynn Signed 1989 MSA Rainier Farms Holsum Disc Baseball Card PSA DNA Padre
$159.99

Tony Gwynn Signed 1991 Petro Canada 3D Standups All Star Baseball Card PSA DNA
$159.99

Tony Gwynn Signed Autographed Baseball Bat w HOF 09 Inscription PSA DNA
$349.99

Tony Gwynn & Benito Santiago Signed 1988 Topps Baseball Card PSA DNA COA Padres
$159.99

Tony Gwynn Signed 8x10 Padres Barry Colla Photo HOF Deceased JSA COA
$139.99

Tony Gwynn Signed 3000th Hit 8x10 Photo Auto HOFer Steiner Sports Holo
$199.99

Tony Gwynn Signed Official Major League Baseball PSA DNA COA Padres Autograph 19
$244.99

Tony Gwynn Signed Official National League Baseball HOF PSA DNA U56490 Coleman
$99.95

TONY GWYNN SIGNED AUTO OML MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL BALL PADRES PSA DNA CERT 9
$59.99

TONY GWYNN PADRES SIGNED BASEBALL CARDS MAGAZINE AUTHENTIC PSA DNA #I15377
$59.99

TONY GWYNN PADRES BASEBALL PLAYER HAND SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PHOTO WITH JSA COA
$29.77

TONY GWYNN signed autographed Photofile 16x20 Photo + PSA DNA + PROOF! JSA
$279.99

1985 Donruss #63 Tony Gwynn PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph Signed
$49.99
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

User Comments

  1. Tony gwynn padires 570 1988 topps price tony gwynn commemorative series special number 1 card 1992 price for these 2 carts

  2. Instead of thinking about profit off a death, let’s remember Tony Gwynn for who he was. One of the greatest hitters to ever play, and most importantly, one of the classiest, kind gentlemen to represent any sport. He achieved much in baseball, but where Tony excelled was in the game of life. Say hi to Kirby Puckett for me, another great and kind player that is missed.

  3. We pulled this article from the archives and moved it to the front page as it was as people are looking for the info. I left it unchanged. I can see how it could be read that way but that was not at all the intention here.

  4. Hey Ryan,
    By no means was I pointing the finger at you or this web site. I was speaking to all those who take advantage of unfortunate events. I realize you post what the public wants to see, it’s just pathetic how people are all about money. I truly enjoy your site and the effort you put into it Ryan.

  5. nick » For sure. I get irked when I see all the listings that stress how someone has passed. Collecting is a way to celebrate someone’s accomplishments. It’s also strange to see how it can be a form of mourning when someone passes. In most cases, things do level out over time.

  6. Ryan

    I have not collected in years, but still have all of my cards boxed up for my son. I was thinking of going through them and pulling the more popular (i.e., hall of framers, all-stars, all-pros, etc.) and sending them to PSA for an official grade. What do you suggest? Is this even worth the effort? Or would this be wasting money? Just out of curiosity, what does a Tony Gwynn rookie card go for? I think I could possibly have several of these boxed up?

    Thanks for the time!

  7. LD2 » Grading can be good if you get a top grade, but not much if it’s newer. Here’s an article to get you started: http://www.cardboardconnection.com/pre-grade-sports-cards-results

    As for pricing, the easiest way to check values is to do a search of sold listings on eBay. Just search a card and click the “Sold Lists” button on the sidebar.

  8. I have a Donruss Significant Signatures Legends Classic of Tony Gwynn numbered 12/25.what would it’s value be ?

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