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

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

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 Baseball Yogi Berra RC

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.

Top eBay Listings

1953 Bowman #44 Mickey Mantle Yogi Berra Hank Bauer PSA 4 Y2956
$430.00

1962 Post Cereal #7 Yogi Berra VG D495
$43.00

1956 Topps Yogi Berra Baseball Card New York Yankees
$46.00

2008 Topps Sterling Yogi Berra Triple auto bat jersery 03 10
$129.99

YOGI BERRA 2013 Panini Cooperstown BLUE CRYSTAL #68 Yankees HOF
$7.90

1954 Archive Set BaseBall Lot of Over 200 * Jackie Robinson, Yogi Berra *
$49.99

1975 Topps Mini #421 Mets Team Checklist - Yogi Berra EX D8714
$17.00

1947 Exhibits #20 A Yogi Berra Made in U.S.A. EX D449
$64.00

1955 AL16 Yogi Berra Red Man Tobacco SGC 96 Mint (Break up #1 SGC registry set)
$3,500.00

1952 Red Man Tobacco AL #3 Yogi Berra with tab VG NY Yankees
$85.00

1954 TOPPS BASEBALL #50 YOGI BERRA YANKEES HOF EXNM
$26.00

1960 Topps Yogi Berra New York Yankees #480 Baseball Card
$60.60

1956 Topps #110 Yogi Berra Yankees HOF PSA 3.5 VG+ 344
$72.99

1960 Bazooka # 8 Yogi Berra Hand Cut NM PSA 7
$300.00

MICKEY MANTLE YOGI BERRA 1957 TOPPS #407 YANKEES' POWER HITTERS GEM MINT 10!
$679.99

MICKEY MANTLE YOGI BERRA 1957 TOPPS #407 GRADED GEM MINT 10! BIN STEAL!
$259.99
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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 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".

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Top eBay Listings

1980 Baseball Immortals SIGNED # 127 Yogi Berra JSA
$75.00

Yogi Berra Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine April 2, 1984 JSA COA
$125.00

Yogi Berra NY Yankees HOF Signed Framed Photo Display W Patches PSA Certified
$359.99

Yogi Berra Autographed Signed New York Yankees 8x10 MLB Photo - Steiner Hologram
$124.99

YOGI BERRA SIGNED PSA DNA PEREZ STEELE GREAT MOMENTS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$89.00

Yogi Berra Signed Yankees 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA Roger Maris Home Run Picture
$79.99

Yogi Berra & Bill Dickey JSA Signed 8x10 Framed Photo Yankees Deceased Catchers
$299.95

Yogi Berra JSA MINT 9 Signed Baseball Inscribed "New York Yankees 1951 MVP"
$999.99

JSA 10 Gem MINT Yogi Berra "1956 World Series .361 Ave" Signed Inscribe Baseball
$599.99

* YOGI BERRA with Babe Ruth * New York Yankees signed 8x10 photo GAI COA
$125.00

Yogi Berra Signed Official MLB Baseball new york yankees HOG Steiner
$229.99

YOGI BERRA JSA CERTIFIED SIGNED OFFICIAL AL BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED #L98665
$149.00

YOGI BERRA JSA CERTIFIED SIGNED OFFICIAL AL BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED #M75015
$149.00

YOGI BERRA JSA CERTIFIED SIGNED OFFICIAL AL BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED #I70329
$149.00

YOGI BERRA JSA CERTIFIED SIGNED OFFICIAL AL BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED #L64210
$169.00

YOGI BERRA PSA DNA CERTIFIED SIGNED 1985 TOPPS CARD #155 AUTOGRAPHED #83797227
$82.95
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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