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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1961 Topps #472 YOGI BERRA MVP Vintage Baseball Card - Excellent Condition
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UPPER DECK AUTHENTICATED YOGI BERRA AUTO BALL! NEW YORK YANKEES!
$99.99
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(38) 2008 UD YANKEE STADIUM LEGACY YOGI BERRA LOT
$56.00
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08 TRIPLE THREADS AUTO 6x JERSEY BAT YOGI BERRA # 9
$449.00
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'54 Topps #50 NY Yankees HOF Yogi Berra EX
$75.00
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1957 Topps New York Yankees Yogi Berra single baseball card
$24.71
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2014 Topps Gypsy Queen...Yogi Berra Yellow Printing Plate...1 1
$39.95
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1965 TOPPS YOGI BERRA SP HIGH #470 (Bv $50) NY METS - YANKEES CY MVP HOF RARE
$7.75
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1990 Leaf Donruss Diamond Kings Yogi Berra 21 Piece Puzzle Set. MINT YANKEES
$10.00
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2005 prime cuts timeline signature jersey YOGI BERRA autograph # 01 10
$50.00
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2010 Topps History Of The World Series Insert Yogi Berra #HWS12 PSA 9
$11.99
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1954 BOWMAN #161 YOGI BERRA YANKEES
$75.00
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1947-66 Exhibit Baseball Card Yogi Berra New York Yankees
$45.00
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YANKEES FOREVER PHIL RIZZUTO YOGI BERRA J COLEMAN AUTO
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1952 Berk Ross Yogi Berra PSA 6 EX MT Yankees Catcher HOF
$111.00
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Yogi Berra New York Yankees #104 Baseball Card
$7.00
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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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Yogi Berra Signed Magazine Page (JSA COA)
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Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Posing w Bats in Dugout w Yankee Players 8x10 Photo
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Steiner Yogi Berra Signed B W In Locker room With Teammates 8x10 Photo
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Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Hugging Yankee Player B W 8x10 Photo
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Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Kneeling w Mickey Mantle�s B W 8x10 Photo
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Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Throwing to First Base B W 8x10 Photo
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Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Life Mag Batting Stance B W 8x10 Photo
$299.99
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Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Swing B W horizontal 8x10 Photo (MLB AUTH)
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Steiner Yogi Berra Signed Sitting on Dugout Setp In Fenway Park 8x10 Photo
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Yogi Berra Don Lardon Dual Signed Framed 11x14 Yankees Perfect Game Photo JSA
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YOGI BERRA Signed NEW YORK YANKEES 11X14 PHOTO - JSA G41105
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PSA DNA Yogi Berra Signed 16x20 Photo Custom Framed with Babe Ruth w cert
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PSA DNA Yogi Berra Signed 8x10 Stat Sheet Custom Framed w cert
$154.95
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Yogi Berra Signed Autographed New York Yankees Baseball PSA DNA COA
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YOGI BERRA DALE BERRA NEW YORK YANKEE SIGNED SON & DAD 16X20 COLOR PHOTO JSA COA
$125.00
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YOGI BERRA PHIL RIZZUTO WHITEY FORD HOF Yankees Signed Baseball PSA DNA #U02785
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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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