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

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

1956 Topps Card #110 Yogi Berra New York Yankees Hall of Fame
$23.25

1952 BOWMAN YOGI BERRA VG NEW YORK YANKEES #1 CORNER CREASE (002)
$100.00

2010 Topps Tribute YOGI BERRA #17 New York Yankees REFRACTOR BUY 3 FREE S H
$7.00

2 YOGI BERRA and DON LARSEN of 1956 WORLD SERIES CARDS
$24.50

1962 Topps Baseball Yogi Berra Yankees Card #360 HOF
$20.98

(21819) 1962 Topps 360 Yogi Berra Yankees-VG+
$35.00

1969 MLBPA PIN BACK 1983 YOGI BERRA NEW YORK YANKEES
$30.00

2003 Fleer Patchworks Derek Jeter Matsui Yogi Berra 200 New York Yankees Card
$74.39

Yogi Berra 2015 Topps 5 x 7 Blue backs card ONLY 99 made 89 99 New York Yankees
$5.00

1953 Bowman Color 121 Yogi Berra GOOD
$120.00

1954 BOWMAN YOGI BERRA #161 (175.00) EX UT3676
$60.00

1957 TOPPS YOGI BERRA #2 (200.00) EX UT3307
$55.00

1954 Topps 50 Yogi Berra YANKEES EX+
$125.00

1950 BOWMAN #46 YOGI BERRA PSA 6 EX-MT
$390.00

YOGI BERRA NEW YORK YANKEES 1952 COIN CARD JEFFERSON NICKEL #E
$12.95

2002 Topps Yogi Berra #CC-YB Baseball Card Authentic Game - Worn Jersey
$5.00
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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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NEW YORK YANKEES YOGI BERRA signed SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE JSA #G65770
$225.00

NEW YORK YANKEES YOGI BERRA 100 YEAR YANKEE BALL signed OML BASEBALL JSA #F74080
$135.00

YOGI BERRA SIGNED INDEX CARD MINT PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPH HOF YANKEES AUTO
$99.99

YOGI BERRA "IT AINT OVER TILL ITS OVER" JSA SIGNED BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED
$349.95

YOGI BERRA "MVP 51-54-55" JSA CERTIFIED SIGNED BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED #E84454
$299.95

YANKEES YOGI BERRA & DON LARSEN "10.8.56" SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO PSA DNA #S80623
$199.99

Larry Yogi Berra Signed Postcard Dated 1948 Rookie Autograph JSA
$250.00

Steiner Yogi Berra Signed 16x20 Matting
$259.99

Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Yelling at Umpire B W Horizontal 8x10 Photo
$299.99

Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Kneeling by Equipment Career Collage 8x10 Photo
$309.99

Steiner Yogi Berra & Stan Musial Signed 11x14 Photo
$709.99

Steiner Yogi Berra & Whitey Ford Signed Litho 24x36
$809.99

Roy Campanella & Yogi Berra Signed Autographed Album Page Graded MINT 9 PSA DNA
$899.99

YOGI BERRA SIGNED 2008 ALL STAR GAME BASEBALL STEINER AUTHENTICATED
$199.00

YANKEES YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTHENTIC 11X14 PHOTO W BABE RUTH PSA DNA #U52243
$199.99

YANKEES YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTHENTIC 11X14 PHOTO W JACKIE ROBINSON PSA #U52239
$199.99
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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. 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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