Rookie Card Year: 1989
Investment Rating: 6.0
Deion Sanders is one of the greatest two-sport athletes of all-time. He is the only person to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series. The overlapping of the NFL and MLB seasons kept him extremely busy for most of his professional career. He is the pnly person to hit a home run and scored a touch down in the same week. With similar flash, Deion Sanders cards and memorabilia continue to find audiences with both baseball and football fans.
Inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2011, Deion Sanders was an eight-time All-Pro selection. His boisterous personality, and on-field theatrics were characteristic for someone with the nickname of "Prime Time."
Sanders played for five different football teams (Falcons, 49'ers, Cowboys, Redskins,Ravens) and four baseball teams (Yankees, Braves, Reds, Giants). As a result of playing in several large markets, demand for Sanders' autographed memorabilia remains significant long after he has retired. Never one to shy away from the limelight, it only made sense that Sanders would eventually enter the world of broadcasting. As an analyst for the NFL Network, Sanders has maintained his relevance.
Deion Sanders has three rookie cards each for both baseball and football. All were produced in 1989. The timing of his rookie cards is unfortunate because all of them are derived from some of the most over-produced products in the history of the hobby. While this allows collectors to pick them up very inexpensively, they have minimal value. However, Gem Mint examples grading out at a 9.5 or 10 do perform well on the secondary market. Since that time, Sander's has had numerous other trading cards produced including several autograph and memorabilia cards.
Deion Sanders Football Rookie Cards Checklist
Sanders was a first round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons (5th overall). This card depicts him as a member of his Florida State alma mater where he was a two-time consensus All-American. Hailing from the first Pro Set release, it's cheap and easy to find.
It seems only fitting that at least one of Deion Sanders rookie card depicts him in a baseball cap. The inclusion of a football helmet on the card design only adds to the appeal of this card that proved quite prophetic. 1989 Score Football is the year's most popular pigskin release.
The 1989 Topps Traded Deion Sanders shows the cornerback setting up for a return, something he excelled at. At one time he held the record for returns for touchdowns. This standout cards features a classic photo of a classic player.
Deion Sanders Baseball Rookie Cards Checklist
The Rookies is a beloved moniker for rookie cards from the 1980s. Sanders made his debut with the Yankees on May 31, 1989. Featuring a great in-action photo the black and green borders of the card make them easily distinguishable from other 1989 Deion Sanders baseball cards.
A bland design matches the bland expression of boredom on Sanders' face. This rookie card was part of a packaged box set that has never been very popular. 1989 Fleer Update Glossy is a little more popular today, however even those are affordable.
The young Deion Sanders' poses for his Topps Traded rookie card, which uses the same design as the regular season release. While the basic version can be had for very little, there's also a rarer Tiffany version that comes with a glossy finish.
Deion Sanders Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Deion Sander'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.
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Deion Sanders Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Deion Sanders signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- The signature exhibits an overall consistency that feels rushed with only a few letters being clearly discernible.
- The "D" is most pronounces and includes two lines, a short and slightly curved vertical line and a large disconnected, backwards "C" line with a small curlycue on the bottom.
- A scribble that looks like a capital "L" follows.
- A very hieroglyphic like character sits i the center where you can see the letter "S" but also lines running through and over it, which is intended to make it look like a "$."
- The signature finishes with what looks like a "C."
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