Rookie Card Year: 1983
Investment Rating: 7.5
When you play for two power house franchises that also happen to be bitter rivals, you can anticipate a healthy market for your sports cards and collectibles. Such is the case for Wade Boggs whose baseball cards and autographed memorabilia have always been popular with fans of both the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Perhaps best know as a member of the Boston Red Sox, his free agent signing with the New York Yankees in 1993 was seen as a betrayal by some. However, it did not in anyway impact the collectibility of his rookie cards and autographed memorabilia.
Boggs' minor league cards include 1981 TCMA Pawtucket Red Sox.
Wade Boggs has three rookie cards all produced in 1983 by Donruss, Fleer and Topps. His most popular rookie card is from the 1983 Topps Baseball set. Besides these three rookie cards, Boggs also has some oddball cards and stickers from 1983.
His first certified signed card was part of the 1996 Leaf Signature Series Baseball Autographs set and is considered to be a short-print. The base version of the card has a stated print run of 700 copies. Two parallels, Silver (print run of 200) and Gold (print run of 100 copies) also exist within the set. The first Wade Boggs memorabilia cards were found in several 2000 sets. One of his most popular is his 2000 Upper Deck Piece of History 3,000 Hit Club Bat card.
A frequent signer at regional and national autograph signing events, Boggs' popularity with multiple fan bases and 3,000 Hit Club collectors ensures steady demand for his signed memorabilia. Single-signed baseballs and his professional model bats are among the most popular items.
Wade Boggs Rookie Card Checklist
This is classic early Donruss card with a blurry photo but nicely designed card. It shows Boggs' follow through swing. Although it's one of the top cards in the set, it's still extremely affordable and readily available today.
The dull gray borders of the card design are off-set by a nicely posed head and shoulders photograph of the young rookie. This card shows how Boggs always seemed to look older than his actual age.
This is easily the best design of the three Wade Boggs rookie cards. The dual-photo look was a hit when it was released and is still today.
1985 FLEER #151 WADE BOGGS RED SOX HOF PSA 9 B1791338-667
1990 LEAF #51 WADE BOGGS RED SOX HOF PSA 10 B1714668-776
2011 Prime Cuts ICONS Wade Boggs jersey 24 99
2014 Topps Tribute to the Throne Wade Boggs jersey 26 35
Wade Boggs Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Wade Boggs' 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, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Wade Boggs Cut Signature Exemplar
Wade Boggs Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Wade Boggs signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- An often difficult to decipher signature letter-by-letter.
- The "W" is usually large, pronounced with angular points.
- The "a" is written in the shape of a small triangle.
- The "d" and "e" are often combined.
- The "B" is bizarre and difficult to discern and explain.
- The "o" is implied as a connecting line.
- The "g"'s look like incomplete and sloppy numeral "8''s.
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