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 Color #121 Yogi Berra New York Yankees PSA 3 Graded Baseball Card
$191.96

TOPPS 1959 YOGI BERRA #180 EX MT...HOF....SHARP
$31.00

KAPPYSCOINS #7282 1952 BOWMAN #1 YOGI BERRA GRADED PSA3 VG
$199.88

TOPPS 1961 YOGI BERRA #478 NM...HOF....SHARP
$10.49

1985 Yogi Berra Color Negative Topps Vault COA Sealed Original 1 1 Yankees
$39.99

2004 Sweet Spot Classic #161 Yogi Berra FF 1947 - NM
$6.40

KAPPYSCOINS ID#7261 YOGI BERRA 1951 BOWMAN #2 VG-XF PSA4
$299.99

KAPPYSCOINS ID#7262 YOGI BERRA 1952 BOWMAN #1 VG-XF+ PSA4.5
$499.99

1954 Bowman Set Break #161 Yogi Berra EX-EXMINT r23875
$46.65

Yogi Berra Houston Astros Color Negative Topps Vault COA Sealed Original 1 1 '88
$39.99

1955 TOPPS YOGI BERRA #198 (300.00) VGEX SCC9697
$59.00

1954 TOPPS YOGI BERRA #50 (300.00) VG UT6514
$30.00

1965 TOPPS YOGI BERRA #470 (50.00) NRMT SCC9330
$29.00

1952 Topps #191 Yogi Berra BVG 3 VG HOF Yankees
$141.00

1953 Topps #104 Yogi Berra VGEX
$129.99

1953 Bowman Color Baseball #44 Mickey Mantle Yogi Berra Hank Bauer PSA 4 VGEX
$99.98
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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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Yogi Berra signed auto JSA Reach Catchers mitt baseball glove HOF New w tags
$549.99

YOGI BERRA HOF YANKEES HOF SIGNED AUTO VINTAGE BOBBY BROWN BASEBALL PSA DNA
$119.99

YOGI BERRA CHI-CHI RODRIGUEZ BASEBALL GOLF SIGNED AUTO MEDFORD VILLAGE CAP JSA
$199.99

SIGNED YOGI BERRA AUTOGRAPH #73 FLEER GREATS OF THE GAME CARD GEM MINT -JSA COA
$89.00

YOGI BERRA AND Lou PINIELLA Signed 16x20 Photo. Psa Dna Coa & Cert.
$85.00

YOGI BERRA signed OML Yankee Stadium ball JSA
$199.99

Mickey Mantle Yogi Berra Signed OAL Baseball Yankees PSA DNA Auto
$729.99

MICKEY MANTLE & YOGI BERRA NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL BALL JSA
$1,626.57

YOGI BERRA Signed Baseball Autographed Ball Steiner Holo NY Yankee Mint Pristine
$47.00

Yogi Berra Signed MLB Baseball JSA H52531
$150.00

YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED RAWLINGS MLB BASEBALL STEINER COA DECEASED HOF
$170.00

Yogi Berra Signed Autograph 11x14 Photo LTD COA-Mantle, DiMaggio, Jeter,Steiner
$150.00

YOGI BERRA Signed Yankees 10"x8" Baseball Photo -JSA Authenticated
$75.00

YOGI BERRA SIGNED & FRAMED 16X20 PHOTO NEW YORK YANKEES PSA DNA K07822 RIP
$246.08

YOGI BERRA, LARSEN, SKOWRON, & BAUER (4) YANKEES LEGENDS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA
$279.95

Yogi Berra Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA NY Yankees HOF
$99.99
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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. 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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