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.

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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

1948 Bowman Baseball Yogi Berra RC

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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1958 Topps # 370 Yogi Berra crease Free
$55.09

1957 TOPPS # 2 YOGI BERRA YANKEES EX 281227 (KYCARDS)
$74.00

2014 Finest Vintage Refractor YOGI BERRA Yankees HOF PSA 10 Gem Mint
$7.99

1947-66 Exhibits Yogi Berra - HOF - New York Yankees EX MT Additional ship free
$35.00

1961 Topps #425 Yogi Berra Yankees HOF PSA 4 VG-EX 307
$39.99

1953 bowman mickey mantle,yogi berra,hank bauer #44
$49.99

1962 TOPPS #360 YOGI BERRA YANKEES EX-MT 281080 (KYCARDS)
$64.00

1962 TOPPS #360 YOGI BERRA YANKEES VG 281461 (KYCARDS)
$27.00

1955 Bowman Yogi Berra (Fair)
$8.00

1957 TOPPS CARD #407 MICKEY MANTLE YOGI BERRA
$58.01

YOGI BERRA NEW YORK YANKEES HALL OF FAME CARD 26 PEREZ STEELE MASTERWORKS
$13.00

2004 UD SP Legendary Yogi Berra AUTO JERSEY #GG-YB sp #24 25 Yankees
$41.03

1953 Topps #104 Yogi Berra (HOF) SGC 60 5 (EX) (DS582)
$175.00

1962 Topps Yogi Berra Excellent Condition
$8.02

2005 Leaf Limited Legends Foil #16 Yogi Berra 04 10
$10.99

YOGI BERRA Yankees Legend 1955 Bowman Baseball Card
$58.99
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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 SIGNED JOE DIMAGGIO DAY BUDIG OFFICIAL BALL NEW YORK YANKEES NY PSA
$124.99

Yogi Berra Autographed Baseball Signed JSA COA Cachet Envelope Signature
$21.38

YOGI BERRA FRAMED AUTO AUTOGRAPH SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JAMES SPENCE JSA
$125.00

Yogi Berra Autograph Signed Cut Signature PSA DNA Certified New York Yankees
$40.00

Yogi Berra Signed 3x5 Index Card New York Yankees PSA DNA #83073458
$54.99

HOF YOGI BERRA & HOF ARCH McDONALD (D.1960) SIGNED ALBUM PAGE JSA YANKEES
$399.95

YOGI BERRA Signed Bowman Authentic Autograph Baseball Card JSA New York Yankees
$79.95

Yogi Berra Autograph WSC MVP HOF N.Y.Yankees Signed PSA DNA Graded 10 Baseball
$299.95

Yogi Berra Signed Autographed ML Baseball It Aint Over Till Its Over JSA COA LOA
$194.51

YOGI BERRA SIGNED BASEBALL LIMITED EDITION STATS COA JSA NY YANKEES AUTO BALL
$349.99

Stan Musial Yogi Berra Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo JSA K73176
$229.00

Yogi Berra New York Yankees Autographed Baseball Signed Larry Berra PSA DNA
$999.95

JSA Nolan Ryan Tom Seaver Yogi Berra McGraw Signed Autograph 1970 New York Mets
$400.00

Yogi Berra Signed Game Model Bat Steiner COA Yankees HOF
$749.99

N.Y. YANKEES YOGI BERRA SIGNED THUMB PRINT CARD 61 200 PSA DNA SLABBED
$99.00

YOGI BERRA SIGNED AL BASEBALL STEINER COA AUTO AUTOGRAPH INSC MVP 51-54-55 BB012
$159.99
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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 or Google+.

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