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 1947-66 Made in USA Exhibit Card PSA DNA Slabbed EX 5 HOF Yankees
$50.00
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2005 UPPER DECK ARTIFACTS AL ARTIFACTS YOGI BERRA, 85 325, #AL-YB (PINSTRIPE)
$8.59
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Yogi Berra 2002 Fleer Greats Auto 15 43 Buyback Authentic Autograph On card
$69.99
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Topps Baseball Card 1974 Yogi Berra 179 Mets Manager HOF 1972
$5.00
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1957 Topps Mickey Mantle & Yogi Berra Yankees Power Hitters Card #407..NICE!!!
$129.99
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1951 Bowman 2 Yogi Berra PSA 3 (4213)
$155.00
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1961 Topps 472 MVP Yogi Berra PSA 6.5 (6684)
$90.00
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1952 Topps 191 Yogi Berra PSA 2 (6697)
$205.00
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1952 Bowman 1 Yogi Berra PSA 5 (5664)
$505.00
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1952 Topps 191 Yogi Berra PSA 2 (5684)
$255.00
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1952 Bowman 1 Yogi Berra PSA 2 (5635)
$130.00
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1951 Bowman 2 Yogi Berra PSA 2.5 (4377)
$140.00
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2013 TOPPS "TRIPLE THREADS" GOLD #33 YOGI BERRA 18 99
$7.50
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1953 Bowman Color 121 Yogi Berra PSA 2 (3997)
$205.00
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1952 Topps 191 Yogi Berra PSA 4 (0731)
$380.00
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1957 Topps 2 Yogi Berra PSA 8 (0539)
$530.00
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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 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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1980 Baseball Immortals Yogi Berra signed auto autograph BVG JSA
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YOGI & DALE BERRA HAND SIGNED 8X10 COLOR PHOTO PSA
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YOGI BERRA NEW YORK YANKEES,HOF JSA COA SIGNED MLB BASEBALL
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Team Nabisco All-Stars Lawrence "Yogi" Berra Hand Signed Yankees JSA PSA Guar.
$49.99
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MICKEY MANTLE YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED GOLF PROGRAM JSA LOA
$259.00
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YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NEW YORK YANKEES 11x14 PHOTO JSA #G62952
$119.00
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YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED MULTI-SPORT EXERCISE WHEEL PSA DNA #Q80167
$119.00
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YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NEW YORK YANKEES #'D COMMEMORATIVE PLATE PSA DNA
$62.99
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YANKEES YOGI BERRA & DON LARSEN "10.8.56" SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA #S85750
$179.99
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ALLIE REYNOLDS & YOGI BERRA DUAL SIGNED JSA 8X10 PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPHED FRAMED
$149.99
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Yogi Berra & Don Larsen Signed 8 x10 World Series Perfect Game Photo (Sepia) JSA
$124.99
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1952 topps #191 Yogi Berra auto signed Autographed Yankeess card PSA DNA
$199.99
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YOGI BERRA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO BATTING GREY JERSEY PSA DNA YANKEES
$109.00
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Yogi Berra HOF New York Yankees Signed AUTO 8x10 Color Photo JSA COA
$50.99
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YOGI BERRA Signed 8x10 Photo New York Yankees 13x W.S. Champion 18x All-Star GAI
$89.00
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Yogi Berra Autographed Signed 1973 Topps Card #257 PSA DNA #83504771
$59.00
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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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