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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1962 Topps #360 Yogi Berra PSA 8 NM-MT Yankees
$765.00

1947-66 Exhibits #29 Yogi Berra PSA 7 NM Yankees
$270.00

1952 Bowman Yogi Berra BVG graded
$59.95

1965 TOPPS #470 YOGI BERRA EX
$30.00

Lot of 2 Perez Steele postcards Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford
$9.99

2010 TOPPS TRIBUTE #17 YOGI BERRA (HOF) NEW YORK YANKEES
$5.35

1948 BOWMAN NEW YORK YANKEES YOGI BERRA ROOKIE RC #6
$140.00

1963 Post # 17 Yogi Berra New York Yankees NM 0114
$44.95

1962 Yogi Berra Salada Coin RED In Color VERY RARE PSA 4
$16.99

1955 Topps #198 Yogi Berra NM MINT
$112.50

1975 Topps Mini card #192 Yogi Berra Willie Mays mvp Mint Beauty sharp
$14.99

#8. LAWRENCE P. "YOGI" BERRA, Yankees-Mets #385 599 (Panini Bronze HOF History)
$10.00

1957 Topps #407 Yankees Power Hitters (Mickey Mantle Yogi Berra) *VgEx* *28060*
$180.00

1973 Topps Baseball #257 YOGI BERRA...VG EX
$11.99

1958 Topps #370 Yogi Berra PSA 8 OC
$60.00

2004 Playoff Prime Cuts ... Yogi Berra Timeline Century #10 25 ... Yankees
$9.99
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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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YOGI BERRA & DON LARSEN PSA DNA SIGNED OFFICIAL BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED #X97596
$209.95

YOGI BERRA & DON LARSEN PSA DNA SIGNED OFFICIAL BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED #X97597
$224.95

Yogi Berra 1987 Leaf Candy City Team #H2 Card signed autograph auto PSA Slabbed
$85.00

Yogi Berra Babe Ruth Signed B&W 8x10 Photo Steiner COA Yankees
$125.00

Yogi Berra Signed 20x24 Art Print Yankees Baseball HOF PSA COA Autograph F16648
$29.88

Yogi & Dale Berra Signed Ball Autographed Baseball PSA
$119.99

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra Signed Auto OAL Ball Baseball Sweet Spot PSA DNA
$125.00

YOGI BERRA Auto Autographed Signed Baseball JSA COA New York Yankees LEGEND
$135.99

Yogi Berra Signed New York Yankees Official Major League Baseball PSA DNA COA
$152.95

YOGI BERRA YANKEES AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED HOF BASEBALL POSTCARD JSA
$63.96

RARE "DR" YOGI BERRA PSA DNA SIGNED OFFICIAL AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL NY YANKEES
$600.00

Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Tagging Ted Williams at Home Plate 8x10 Photo
$309.99

Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Posing in Dugout Antique 8x10 Photo
$309.99

Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Pose Kneeling in Grass with Bat Back View 8x10 Photo
$309.99

Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Batting Pose Color 8x10 Photo
$309.99

Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Color in Catcter's Uniform Throwing Ball 8x10 Photo
$309.99
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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.

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