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Hideki Matsui Cards, Rookie Cards, Autographed Memorabilia

Hideki Matsui

Date of Birth: 6/12/1974
Rookie Card Year: 2003
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Hideki Matsui enjoyed a stellar 19-year professional baseball career that spanned two professional leagues and continents. Hideki Matsui cards and autographed memorabilia are popular with collectors in the United States and his home country of Japan.

Matsui played his first ten seasons with the Yomuiri Giants of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League. He was a nine-time All-Star and won the league's MVP award three times.

In 2003, Matsui signed with the New York Yankees and was part of their World Series Championship team in 2009. He was also named the Series' MVP. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays before retiring in 2012.

Due to his international play, Hideki Matsui has cards from two different countries. His first Japanese cards were released in 1993. One of the most popular is his card from Japanese trading card manufacturer, BBM. His international stardom makes it a highly desirable card both here and abroad.

Collectors have no shortage of Hideki Matsui rookie cards to chase. Not including inserts, he has a total of 50 in 2003 MLB products. Three of these are autographed: 2003 SP Authentic (#/500), 2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection (#/250) and 2003 SPx (#/864), which also includes a piece of game-used jersey.

Hideki Matsui's autographed memorabilia has strong demand around the globe. Being both an international superstar and part of a World Series Championship with the New York Yankees means his signed memorabilia will maintain its value for years to come.

Top Hideki Matsui Rookie Cards

1993 BBM Hideki Matsui #423

Matsui was a dominating player in the Japanese Nippon league long before arriving in America. This is his most popular card from his Japanese playing days. Even if it's not a traditional rookie card for North American audiences, it carries a lot of importance and should be a cornerstone in any Matsui collection.

1993 BBM Hideki Matsui

2003 SP Authentic Hideki Matsui RC #181 Autograph #/500

Featuring an on-card signature and limited to just 500 copies makes this a very appealing rookie card. The inscription of his jersey number "55" adds a nice personal touch. It is, arguably, his most popular MLB rookie card. It costs less than his autograph card from Ultimate Collection and is easier to find.

2003 SP Authentic Hideki Matsui

2003 SPx Hideki Matsui RC #161 Autograph, Jersey #/864

This is Matsui's only combination memorabilia autograph card. Despite its relatively high print run of 864 copies, they can be surprisingly difficult to find on the secondary market.

2003 SPx Hideki Matsui

2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection RC #169 Autograph #/250

With a print run of 250 numbered copies, this is the rarest  high-end Hideki Matsui rookie card. The Japanese slugger also has a couple of other Matsui autographed inserts.

2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hideki Matsui

Top eBay Listings

2003 DONRUSS SIGNATURE SERIES Hideki Matsui 101 RC New York Yankees PSA MINT 9
$14.88

2003 Upper Deck Standing O Baseball Card #115 Hideki Matsui Rookie RC *A7
$6.29

2003 UD, First Pitch, MVP, Victory,Fl.Patchworks, Hideki Matsui 24 RC Lot
$6.99

Hideki Matsui 2005 Fleer Authentix Jersey General Admission #HM
$12.95

2004 ULTRA Die Cut Hitting Machines 3 Card Cello Pack Matsui Cabrera + ?
$5.50

2005 Topps Pristine Uncirculated Bronze #98 Hideki Matsui #125 375 Yankees
$7.50

2005 Fleer Tradition Standouts Jersey #HM Hideki Matsui Yankees
$10.00

2005 Timeless Treasures Gold HIDEKI MATSUI #11 25 #55 (5263)
$22.50

Japanese Baseball BBM Card 96 Set 1996~ Yu Darvish Hideki Matsui Hiroshima Carp 
$50.00

*219 240* 2010 Topps Triple Threads Emerald #80 Hideki Matsui
$7.99

2005 Upper Deck HIDEKI MATSUI Marquee Attractions Jersey Card UDA YANKEES Team
$7.99

HIDEKI MATSUI 2005 Zenith Epix Black Game #33 75 #17 (B5868)
$12.95

2004 UPPER DECK TOOLS OF THE STARS HIDEKI MATSUI BAT
$25.00

HIDEKI MATSUI 2010 Famous Fabrics 2nd Edition Nicknames Game Jersey #2 9 (B5568)
$19.95

HIDEKI MATSUI 2005 National Pastime Grand Old Gamers SP Jersey (50 Made) (B7214)
$19.95

2005 Donruss Classics Dress Code HIDEKI MATSUI Jersey Bat #21 100 #9 (5378)
$20.00
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Rookie Cards

Hideki Matsui Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2003 Studio Hideki Matsui RC

Top eBay Listings

2003 DONRUSS SIGNATURE SERIES Hideki Matsui 101 RC New York Yankees PSA MINT 9
$14.88

2003 Upper Deck MVP #141 Hideki Matsui RC - NM-MT
$1.49

2003 Upper Deck Standing O Baseball Card #115 Hideki Matsui Rookie RC *A7
$6.29

2003 UD, First Pitch, MVP, Victory,Fl.Patchworks, Hideki Matsui 24 RC Lot
$6.99

2003 Donruss Champions HIDEKI MATSUI (ex-mt) New York Yankees Rookie
$1.29

2003 Leaf Certified Materials #250 Hideki Matsui RC 072 400 YANK's BVG 9 FreeS H
$19.00

2007 Topps Finest Rookie Moments #RFM-HM Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Card
$0.99

2007 Topps Finest Rookie Moments #RFM-HM Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Card
$0.99

2007 Topps Finest Rookie Moments #RFM-HM Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Card
$1.24

HIDEKI MATSUI 2002 ROOKIE #30 LEGEND GENUINE AUTHENTIC CARD GRADED GEM MINT 10
$17.47

HIDEKI MATSUI ROOKIE REVIEW #30 LEGEND GENUINE AUTHENTIC CARD GRADED GEM MINT 10
$17.47

2004 Upper Deck 2003 Rookie Chronicles #HM25 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Card
$1.00

2004 Upper Deck 2003 Rookie Chronicles #HM25 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Card
$1.00

2004 Upper Deck 2003 Rookie Chronicles #HM25 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Card
$1.24

2003 Upper Deck Finite Elements Game Jersey HM Hideki Matsui Rookie Jersey
$7.99

2004 Upper Deck 2003 Rookie Chronicles #HM40 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Card
$0.99
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Japanese Cards

Hideki Matsui Japanese Rookie Card Checklist

1993 Takara Hideki Matsui RC

Top eBay Listings

HIDEKI MATSUI 1993 BBM Rookie Card RC PSA 9 MINT New York Yankees WS Ring MVP
$99.99

2 Hideki Matsui 1993 BBM PSA 9 Lot ROOKIE RC Giants Yankees
$149.99

1993 BBM Japan Tokyo Yomiuri Giants Team Set 48 Cards RARE Hideki Matsui True RC
$75.00

1993 BBM BASEBALL #423 HIDEKI MATSUI XRC RC ROOKIE CARD YANKEES BGS 9 MINT w 9.5
$69.00

Graded Card Hideki Matsui BBM 1993 423 PSA Mint 9 Japan Japanese ROOKIE RC
$52.95

Autograph Guide

Hideki Matsui Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Hideki Matsui'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 companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Hideki Matsui Cut Signature Exemplar:

Hideki Matsui Signature Example

Hideki Matsui Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Hideki Matsui 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 "H" is the dominant letter in the first name and is larger than the rest of the letters.
  2. The letter "H" is indicated by two parallel lines. They are not connected. The second line displays a small loop allowing the pen to stay on the item.
  3. The "i" is dotted.
  4. The remaining letters of the first name are implied with a trailing scribble.
  5. The "M" is legible. It starts with a small hook on the left before begin the humps patter, which are nearly identical.
  6. The "a" is implied. The "t" is very pronounced due to its height.
  7. Another scrawled line and haphazard dot implies the remaining letters.

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Hideki Matsui Signed Bat

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Hideki Matsui Signed Jersey

Hideki Matsui Signed Photograph Pricing

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Hideki Matsui Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

NEW YORK YANKEES JAPAN HIDEKI MATSUI signed REPLICA MAJESTIC 09 WSMVP JERSEY PSA
$200.00

Upper Deck HIDEKI MATSUI Photo Baseball FS Bat Facsimile Signed Auto UDA SP # 55
$195.00

Steiner Hideki Matsui Signed Yankees Magazine � Hideki Matsui Retires A Yankee
$269.99

HIDEKI MATSUI SIGNED "GODZILLA" NY YANKEES ROAD GREY FIELD JERSEY TOP w JSA COA
$179.99

HIDEKI MATSUI signed MLB Baseball YANKEES DODGERS JSA Hologram HOF JAPAN
$189.99

JSA Derek Jeter Hideki Matsui 松井 秀喜 Bobby Abreu +6 Yankees Signed Autograph Ball
$400.00

New York Yankees Hideki Matsui, signed custom pro style Jersey w PSA DNA
$125.00

Hideki Matsui Signed New York Yankees OML Baseball Jsa Coa Spence
$299.99

HIDEKI MATSUI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MLB BASEBALL IN JAPANESE! YANKEES! STEINER!
$585.00

HIDEKI MATSUI (NY Yankees) signed Official 2009 INAUGURAL Baseball w PSA COA
$149.95

Hideki Matsui Signed 2003 All Star Ball JSA COA Autograph #C14980 Yankee
$99.99

Hideki Matsui Signed Yomiuri Giants Baseball Jersey Inscribed Godzilla JSA
$239.00

HIDEKI MATSUI NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #M45383
$139.98

Hideki Matsui Signed Yankee Inaugural Season Baseball (MLB Auth) Steiner COA
$399.99

Hideki Matsui Signed Framed NY Yankees Authentic Giclee Canvas (PSA DNA) #D89885
$119.99

HIDEKI MATSUI Signed 2009 World Series Ball NEW YORK YANKEES JSA
$299.99
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More Info

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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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