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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2001 Topps Chrome Through The Years Reprints #1 Yogi Berra 57
$6.00
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2009 Upper Deck Sweet Spot DS-BB Dual Relic Johnny Bench & Yogi Berra!! HOF'ers!
$49.99
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2003 reprint of Al Penant Winner 1951 Yoga Berra NY Yankees c
$10.00
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1998 Donruss Signature AUTO - Yogi BERRA PSA 10+++ RARE
$170.99
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1961 NU-CARD SCOOPS YOGI BERRA #453 "Homer by Berra" PSA 8
$34.99
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YOGI BERRA Sketch Card NY YANKEES Artist Signed Limited Edition 12 25 !!!
$8.99
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1950 Bowman Reprint set Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson,Yogi Berra Bonus Ty Cobb
$44.99
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1950 Bowman #46 Yogi Berra EX New York Yankees Larry Catcher HOF
$155.00
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1949 Bowman #60 Larry Yogi Berra New York Yankees VG White Back
$95.00
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2003 Etopps Classic In-Hand Encased #40 Yogi Berra - Yankees Baseball Card
$8.95
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Yogi Berra 2005 UD Heroes Auto Autograph ON CARD SP
$49.99
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LOT OF 3 - YOGI BERRA NEW YORK YANKEES 1925 1952 COIN CARDS BUFFALO NICKEL etc
$9.95
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2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes Eddie Matthews & Yogi Berra Game Used MU57
$5.55
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YOGI BERRA AUTO #ED 6 10 2005 SP LEGENDARY CUTS GLORY DAYS
$89.95
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1955 Bowman Color Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Hank Bauer #44 - Yankees - 53B-44-1
$399.95
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2014 Panini Golden Age Star Stamps #16 Gabby Hartnett Yogi Berra Johnny Bench
$5.68
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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 Autographed Signed AL Baseball "#8" JSA #K43908
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Yogi Berra signed Baseball with JSA & Scoreboard Inc. COA
$51.00
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YOGI BERRA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MLB BASEBALL STEINER HOLO
$149.00
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Yogi Berra Signed Hall of Fame Postcard PSA DNA COA Yellow HOF Plaque Autograph
$89.99
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MICKEY MANTLE & YOGI BERRA SIGNED BASEBALL BALL JSA RARE VINTAGE YANKEES 1960 s
$1,899.00
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New York Yankees - Yogi Berra & Don Larsen "10-8-56" Signed 8x10 Photo PSA
$249.99
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Yogi Berra Don Lardon Dual Signed Framed 11x14 Yankees Perfect Game Photo JSA
$199.99
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Yogi Berra Signed Rawlings Baseball Steiner Go Yankees
$249.99
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YOGI BERRA NEW YORK YANKEE SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO WITH CASEY STENGEL JSA
$60.00
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YOGI BERRA SIGNED 1975 GREAT PLAINS PSA DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$59.00
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Yogi Berra Signed 1983 Great Hall of Fame Yankees FDC Cachet Cover PSA
$24.99
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Yogi Berra 1985 Woolworth #4 Signed Autographed Card PSA DNA 82000464
$99.99
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Yogi Berra 2000 U.D. Yankee Legends #56 Signed Autographed Card PSA DNA 82000466
$99.99
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Yogi Berra 1995 Collectors Edge Franks Signed Autographed Card PSA DNA 82000467
$99.99
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Yogi Berra 1992 Front Row #3 Signed Autographed Card PSA DNA 82000465
$99.99
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JOHNNY BLANCHARD SIGNED YOGI BERRA NY YANKEES 8x10 PHOTO FILE HALL OF FAME JSA
$27.99
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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. 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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