Yogi Berra Cards, Rookie Cards, and Memorabilia Guide

Yogi Berra

Date of Birth: 5/12/1925
Rookie Card Year: 1948
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Yogi Berra is a big name in baseball history for a reason. Although he never put up tremendous batting statistics like other high-profile players from this period of baseball, his consistent hitting, incredible postseason success, and excellence as a catcher, place him in a special group. He is also well-known for his many "Yogi-isms."  Yogi Berra's vintage baseball cards are particularly popular with collectors, as is his signed memorabilia.

Born Lawrence Peter Berra, Yogi Berra ended his playing career as a highly-decorated ballplayer. In 19 seasons, Berra totaled 18 All-Star appearances, three AL MVP Awards, and he helped lead the New York Yankees to ten World Series Championships. He would also lead the Yankees and New York Mets to World Series titles as a coach and manager in later years. Yogi Berra was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

Yogi Berra remains an appealing signer and autographed items are in good supply. Prices are not cheap, but they remain reasonable given his relevance to the game.

While his official rookie card is found in 1948 Bowman, several other early options exist and are documented below. Be aware that reprints are common amongst early Yogi Berra cards.

Yogi Berra Rookie Cards

1947 Homogenized Bond Bread Yogi Berra #2

1947 Homogenized Bond Bread Yogi Berra  Image

Measuring 2-1/4" x 3-1/2", this black-and-white card predates his official Bowman rookie card. The card shows a young-looking Yogi Berra posing with a forced smile. Found in packages of Homogenized Bond Bread, the unnumbered cards include rounded edges and a blank back. The card front lists him as Larry Berra.

1947 Tip Top Bread Yogi Berra #46

1947 Tip Top Bread Yogi Berra 46 Image

Also released before the Bowman rookie, Yogi Berra's Tip Top card was another card found in bread packages. The card measures 2-1/4" x 3" and is unnumbered. Like the Homogenized Bond Bread card, this card lists him as Larry Berra. The card back includes a full advertisement for Tip Top Bread.

1948 Bowman Yogi Berra RC #6

1948 Bowman Yogi Berra RC 6 Image

While both the 1947 releases are popular with collectors, the 1948 Bowman Yogi Berra rookie card is the clear favorite. Checking in at 2-1/16" x 2-1/2", the card showcases a more lively image than the previous cards. Raw cards with some wear can be found for under $100 and high grade versions can push into the thousands.

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Yogi Berra 2004 Donruss Timeless Treasures Game Used 2 Jersey Bat Card 2 8
$225.00
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1964 Topps Baseball #21 Yogi Berra PSA 6 graded card Yankees
$39.99
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1952 Topps #191 - Yogi Berra - PSA 4.5 -- New York Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$255.00
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1961 TOPPS BASEBALL #472 YOGI BERRA MVP PSA 7
$65.00
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2008 Yogi Berra Topps Sterling Quad Relic Auto Jersey + Bat Card Yankees 01 10
$300.00
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1952 Bowman #1 - Yogi Berra - PSA 6 -- N.Y. Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$480.00
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1953 Bowman #121 - Yogi Berra - SGC 80 -- New York Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$560.00
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1949 Bowman #60 - Yogi Berra - PSA 5 - (grey back) - Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$270.00
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1950 Bowman #46 - Yogi Berra - PSA 6.5 -- New York Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$480.00
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1956 Topps #110 - Yogi Berra - SGC 84 -- New York Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$200.00
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Yogi Berra, Joe Di Maggio, Jackie Robinson (lot 3) ROOKIE Fridge Magnet
$5.99
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1950 Bowman #46 - Yogi Berra - SGC 82 -- New York Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$460.00
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(5) 1992 FRONT ROW PROMO ALL TIME GREATS PROMO Card, Brooks Robinson Yogi Berra,
$5.00
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1950 Bowman #46 - Yogi Berra - PSA 6 -- New York Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$470.00
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1950 Bowman #46 - Yogi Berra - PSA 6 -- New York Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$480.00
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2005 UPPER DECK SWEET SPOT CLASSIC #100 YOGI BERRA POP 1 PSA 10 B1416653
$7.99
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Autograph Guide

Yogi Berra Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Yogi Berra'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, and Mounted Memories.

Yogi Berra Cut Signature Exemplar:

Yogi Berra Cut Signature Image

Yogi Berra Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Yogi Berra 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. The signature begins with an oversized "Y" and immediately transitions to the "i", omitting "o-g".
  2. The "Y" includes an elongated swoop and the "i" is dotted.
  3. Occasionally, the "i" will be written inside the "Y".
  4. The "i" resembles a downward-facing fish, with the dot on the end.
  5. Smaller than the "Y", but larger than any other letter, the "B" starts the second part of the signature.
  6. The "e" is clearly legible, while the "r-r" is distinguishable.
  7. The "a" is not as discernible,  but it finishes the signature with a more subtle notation and can swoop back  as far as the first "r".

 

Yogi Berra Signed Baseball Pricing:

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Yogi Berra Signed Bat Pricing:

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Yogi Berra Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Yogi Berra Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Yogi Berra Signed Autographed New York Yankees Framed 8x10 Stat Photo JSA coa
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Yogi Berra Signed Autographed New York Yankees Baseball PSA DNA COA
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Yogi Berra Don Lardon Dual Signed Framed 11x14 Yankees Perfect Game Photo JSA
$199.99
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Yogi Berra Vintage Rookie Era Signature Autograph Signed Page PSA DNA
$79.99
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Yogi Berra Framed Signed 8x10 Photo Framed Display Babe Ruth JSA COA HOF Yankees
$160.00
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Yogi Berra Signed Baseball JSA COA
$97.00
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YOGI BERRA GRADED 10 SIGNED BASEBALL 4A34704 PSA ITP AUTHENTIC NY YANKEES
$279.00
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Yogi Berra signed Baseball with PSA DNA certification
$119.00
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Yogi Berra Single Signed OAL-Budig Autographed Baseball -- JSA E59481
$249.99
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Yogi Berra Single Signed OML-Selig Autographed Baseball -- JSA E59487
$139.99
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YANKEES YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL JSA #W175944
$124.99
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Yogi Berra Signed 1974 Topps #179 Card Mets Auto PSA Authentic
$91.00
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YANKEES YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTHENTIC 11X14 PHOTO W BABE RUTH PSA DNA #S33390
$169.99
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FORD YOGI BERRA BENCH MORGAN SEAVER WINFIELD SIGNED BASEBALL PSA DNA S06171
$314.97
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Yogi Berra Signed 8"x10" Photo, Steiner Sports, w Certificate of Authenticity
$119.99
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YOGI BERRA SIGNED PSA DNA 1982 DONRUSS CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$49.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a life-long sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as college basketball and football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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