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.

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YOGI BERRA 2003 Fleer Fall Classic Gold #15, 15 50. SP VARIATION (SET BREAK)
$16.00

1971 Dell Insert Yogi Berra
$6.00

1953 Topps Yogi Berra #104 VG CONDITION
$100.00

1961 Topps #425 Yogi Berra New York Yankees ISA 9 MINT
$525.00

1956 Topps #110 Yogi Berra BVG 6 (EX-MT) Centered
$134.90

1980 Superstar #7 Roger Maris Yogi Berra Mickey Mantle Yankees B63062
$14.97

1956 Topps #110 Yogi Berra SGC 6 (EX-MT)
$134.90

08 Topps Triple Threads Joe Dimaggio Yogi Berra Ford Triple Auto #1 1 Bgs 9 Wow
$2,499.99

2002 Upper Deck SP Yogi Berra Legendary Cuts Game Used Pants Baseball Card
$11.35

1959 Topps #180 Yogi Berra PSA 7 (NR-MT)
$136.80

1959 Topps #180 Yogi Berra PSA 7 (NR-MT)
$136.80

1959 Topps #180 Yogi Berra PSA 7 (NR-MT)
$136.80

2007 ULTIMATE COLLECTION YOGI BERRA AUTO #d 6 10 RARE CHAMPIONS AUTOGRAPH !!
$139.95

1959 Topps #180 Yogi Berra PSA 8 (NM-MT)
$308.75

1959 Topps #180 Yogi Berra BVG 6 (EXMT)
$58.90

1953 TOPPS #104 YOGI BERRA VG B 093 (CREASED)
$59.00
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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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Yogi Berra Reggie Jackson Carter+ Signed 16x20 Photograph Magic Monikers PSA DNA
$249.99

Yogi berra 11x14 jsa uv glass signed print ny yankees framed Sports Illistrated
$229.99

Yogi Berra PSA DNA GRADED MINT 9 Signed Autographed MLB Baseball HOF #4A34636
$199.00

1951 Topps #1 Yogi Berra PSA DNA Autographed Signed RC Rookie NY Yankees HOF
$999.99

Yogi Berra PSA DNA GRADED MINT 9.5 Signed Autographed MLB Baseball HOF #4A34669
$249.00

Yogi Berra Signed Autographed AL Bobby Brown Baseball JSA COA K94630 Yankees HOF
$149.00

Berra Brothers Multi Signed Mickey Mantle Baseball AUTO w Yogi Berra PSA DNA COA
$76.00

YOGI BERRA SIGNED 16X20 BLACK AND WHITE YANKEES PHOTO WITH JOE Di MAGGIO PSA DNA
$125.00

Yogi Berra Single Signed Baseball AUTO JSA COA New York Yankees HOF
$46.00

YOGI BERRA SIGNED MLB BASEBALL-STEINER COA- NY YANKEES
$110.00

Yogi Berra & Don Larsen Signed BOTH SIGNED INSC 10-8-56 Baseball-STEINER COA
$265.00

Yogi Berra Signed New York Yankees Majestic Jersey PSA DNA
$253.00

1973 NEW YORK METS SIGNED AUTOGRAPH TEAM BASEBALL MAYS YOGI BERRA PSA DNA V05000
$133.50

Yogi Berra Don Larson Dual Signed NY Yankees Inscribed Baseball w Case JSA coa
$349.99

Yogi Berra signed index card w 'Farewell to Yankee Stadium' 8x10 glossy PSA DNA
$49.20

Derek Jeter Yogi Berra Dual Signed In Dugout 16x20 Photo Steiner COA MLB Auth
$1,200.00
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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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