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Andy Pafko Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Andy Pafko

Date of Birth: 2/25/1921
Rookie Card Year: 1949
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

One Tough Player, One Tough Card

Andy Pafko was a solid player in his day. Maybe not a superstar, but dependable. But Pafko does have a major claim to fame within the hobby, playing a key role in one of the most important sets produced. As a result, Andy Pafko cards have a special place with many collectors.

The five-time All-Star's career spanned 17 seasons. During that time he player for three teams: the Chicago Cubs (1943-1951), the Brooklyn Dodgers (1951-1952) and the Milwaukee Braves (1953-1959). He was a member of the Braves' World Series Championship winning team in 1957. Well liked by fans and teammates, Pafko's hard-nosed play and blue-collar work ethic helped ensure a lengthy career. He finished with a .285 lifetime batting average, 213 home runs and 976 runs batted in. Andy Pafko passed away October 8, 2013, at the age of 92.

1952 Topps Andy Pafko

Andy Pafko's place in hobby lore isn't centered on his career statistics. Instead, Pafko has the distinction of having one of the most difficult cards from the 1950s to find in high-grade condition. He is card #1 in 1952 Topps Baseball. It has caused vintage set builders and set registry participants to go on extended wild goose chases trying to track it down in decent shape. While the first card from all vintage sets of the 1950s and 1960s can be a challenge to find in high-grade condition, the 1952 Topps Andy Pafko card tops the list.

Long before anyone thought of baseball cards as being a collectible investment, they were keepsakes, borderlining on being toys for children. They suffered from being shoved in pockets, haphazardly held together with a rubber band. As a result, many of the first and last cards in these vintage sets suffer from significant creasing. Why the 1952 Topps Baseball Andy Pafko suffered from this more than others is anybody's guess. What we do know is that of all the cards submitted to PSA for grading, less than 12% of the entire population report grades out higher than a 5.5 or above. The entire PSA Population Report for 1952 Topps Baseball - Andy Pafko looks like this (as of October, 2013):

Total Cards Submitted: 907

  • 10 - 0
  • 9 - 0
  • 9Q - 0
  • 8.5 - 0
  • 8 - 4
  • 8Q - 3
  • 7.5 - 0
  • 7 - 31
  • 7Q - 4
  • 6.5 - 0
  • 6 - 59
  • 6Q - 4
  • 5.5 - 2
  • 5 - 143
  • 5Q - 4
  • 4.5 - 9
  • 4 - 153
  • 4Q - 9
  • 3.5 - 8
  • 3 - 157
  • 3Q - 8
  • 2.5 - 17
  • 2 - 151
  • 2Q - 10
  • 1.5 - 19
  • 1 - 96
  • 1Q - 7
  • Authentic - 8

Numbers don't lie. So when you mention 1952 Topps to a vintage dealer or set collector, they may not think Mickey Mantle right away. Instead, it could be, "The #&^% Andy Pafko card." While there may be some frustration from some, it's a sign of respect.

You can click on the tabs above, for information on Andy Pafko rookie cards, view a cardboard career gallery as well as learning about his signature habits and pricing.

Top eBay Listings

1957 Topps #143 Andy Pafko Ex Mint
$8.75

2001 (BB) Topps Archives Reserve Autographed Baseballs #18 Andy Pafko 500
$24.00

1939-49 Salutation Exhibits Andy Pafko C on Cap Baseball Card NR MINT
$25.00

Signed Andy Pafko on a 1951 Bowman picture matted on board Free Shipping
$14.21

1954 Bowman #112 Andy Pafko
$6.50

(10877) 1954 Red Man w Tab NL Series 8 Andy Pafko Braves-VG
$25.00

(5486) 1957 Topps 143 Andy Pafko Braves-EX
$10.00

(3840) 1952 Topps 1 Andy Pafko Red Back Dodgers-PR
$129.00

(25600) 1954 Bowman 112 Andy Pafko Braves-EX+
$12.00

(2432) 1954 Topps 79 Andy Pafko Braves-GD
$6.89

(27942) 1959 Topps 27 Andy Pafko Braves-EX
$8.30

(18214) 1957 Topps 143 Andy Pafko Braves-EX
$8.00

(11156) 1956 Topps 312 Andy Pafko Braves-EX
$11.00

(12319) 1950 Bowman 60 Andy Pafko Cubs-FR
$14.75

(27944) 1959 Topps 27 Andy Pafko Braves-EM
$12.75

(32607) 1951 Topps Blue Backs 27 Andy Pafko Cubs-PR
$14.00
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Rookie Cards

Andy Pafko Rookie Card

Andy Pafko's rookie card hails from 1948-49 Leaf Baseball. Not too many players can say they are part of vintage set checklists that included Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle but Pafko is an exception. His Leaf card #125 is available in two versions. Besides the regular versions, there is a color variation that most likely was the result of a printing press running out of ink.

1948 Leaf Andy Pafko RC #125

1948-49 Leaf Andy Pafko #125 RC - Regular

1948-49 Leaf Andy Pafko #125 RC - Color Variation

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Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Andy Pafko Autograph Guide

Andy Pafko's autograph managed to stay fairly consistent over his career, both on the diamond and on the autograph circuit. Popular with fans and collectors, Pafko was one of the only surviving members of the last Chicago Cubs team to appear in a World Series (1945). As such, he was a tremendously popular autograph nationally, but at Chicago area shows in particular. Very affordable, authentic Andy Pafko signed items can be found for under $50.

Below you will find an example of what an authentic Andy Pafko autograph 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 for authenticated Andy Pafko autographs include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Upper Deck, Jim & Steves and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Cut Signature Exemplar

Andy Pafko Signature Exemplar

Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Andy Pafko signature has several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The over-sized letter "A" in Andy flows right in the remaining letters
  2. The letter "n" is unique, almost resembling two letter "e's"
  3. The letter "d" flows into the letter "y" which connects to the last name
  4. The letter"P" has a nice closed loop flourish
  5. The letters "a" and "f" are completely legible
  6. The letter "k" flows out of the letter "f"
  7. The letter "o" is typically open

Shop for Andy Pafko Autographed Memorabilia

Top eBay Listings

Signed Andy Pafko on a 1951 Bowman picture matted on board Free Shipping
$14.21

Signed 1952 Brooklyn Dodger 3 Card Lot Andy Pafko, Bob Morgan, Ken Lehman
$29.00

1945 Chicago Cubs Andy Pafko Autograph Signed Photo B
$14.95

DECEASED CUBS, DODGERS, & BRAVES OUTFIELDER "ANDY PAFKO" SIGNED PERSONAL CHECK
$14.99

1958 Topps 223 Andy Pafko PSA DNA 4 Certified Auto Signed card Pop 2, 0 higher
$37.99

ANDY PAFKO 8X10 BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH PHOTO
$29.99

ANDY PAFKO AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO PSADNA JSA SIGNED AUTHENTIC
$26.98

Autographed Signed Andy Pafko Braves 8x10 Photo jhaut
$12.99

1945 Chicago Cubs Andy Pafko Autograph Signed Photo 2
$14.95

1945 Chicago Cubs Andy Pafko Autograph Signed Photo "45 Cubs"
$16.95

ANDY PAFKO 2001 TEAM TOPPS LEGENDS AUTOGRAPH
$33.25

BRAVES Andy Pafko signed card 1955 Bowman #12 Autographed AUTO Milwaukee
$21.95

1954 Andy Pafko signed card auto Milwaukee Braves 1954 Bowman #112 Autographed
$15.95

Handy Andy Pafko Signed Baseball w 5x All Star Inscription JSA Braves Cubs
$37.49

Andy Pafko Autographed Signed Official NL Baseball Brooklyn Dodgers PSA DNA
$39.00

ANDY PAFKO MILWAUKEE BRAVES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED DECEASED B W 8X10 PHOTO W COA
$18.99
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.


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