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Jerry West Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Jerry West

Date of Birth: 5/28/1938
Rookie Card Year: 1961-62
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

"The Logo." "Mr. Clutch." "Mr. Outside." "Zeke from Cabin Creek." These were the nicknames bestowed on Jerry West. He ended his NBA career as one of the most decorated players in league history, and has continued to enjoy basketball success in his retirement. Despite his many achievements, Jerry West cards and autographs will not break the bank and remain a popular collectible.

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Following his college career at West Virginia, Jerry West was the second overall pick in the 1960 NBA draft and was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers. The team would relocate to Los Angeles before the beginning of the 1960-61 season. West spent his entire career with the Lakers and retired in 1974 after a 14-year career. He was named an NBA All-Star in each of his 14 seasons, and helped the Lakers win the 1972 NBA title. Despite being on the losing side versus Bill Russell and the Celtics, Jerry West was still named the 1969 Finals MVP. Accolades continued to find West in retirement, and he was named to the 35th and 50th NBA Anniversary teams and inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

After retiring, Jerry West remained involved in the game as coach for the Lakers, and later as the general manager for the Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies.

As impressive as his basketball career, Jerry West's cardboard career is much more limited. Outside of 1961-62 Fleer, much of the decade is lost for Jerry West collectors. Kahn's Wieners, which produced sets including West for several years, was the only other option until Topps came along at the end of the 1960s. From there, West was featured in Topps products during the first few years of the 1970s, until he retired. Renewed interest in the former greats brought Jerry West back into major basketball releases starting in 1991-92 products. Autograph cards remain in good supply and can generally be found for reasonable prices.

Jerry West Rookie Cards

1960-61 Kahn's Wieners Jerry West

The very first professional card for Jerry West, 1960-61 Kahn's Wieners were a regional release that came with Kahn's food packages. The only Laker in the set, the rest of the cards featured members of the Cincinnati Royals, including Oscar Robertson.

1960-61 Kahn's Wieners Jerry West

1961-62 Fleer Jerry West RC #43

As one of the top vintage basketball sets in history, 1961-62 Fleer features a handful of top players, including the rookie card for Jerry West. Yellow and orange work well, but the purple in the Lakers logo does clash a bit. These pricey cards are tough to find in mint condition and even low grades can command solid amounts.

1961-62 Fleer Jerry West RC #43

1961-62 Fleer Jerry West #66

A cheaper alternative to his official rookie card, the "In Action" subset offers an actual game image. Although titled "Jerry West Snags a Rebound," the image choice seems questionable since it is not all that clear who the player in the background is and #33 is Hot Rod Hundley.

1961-62 Fleer Jerry West #66

Top eBay Listings

2013-14 Titanium Jerry West Enshrinement Ink On Card Auto (17 25)
$79.99

Jerry West 1992 UD Basketball Heroes Auto Autograph Signed Card w COA
$5.99

Jerry West 1992 UD Basketball Heroes Auto Autograph Signed Card #8 w COA
$5.99

Jerry West 1992 UD Basketball Heroes Auto Autograph Signed Card #3 w COA
$8.50

1972-73 Topps Jerry West #75 Basketball Card NR-MINT - Los Angeles Lakers
$26.00

Jerry West 1992 UD Basketball Heroes Auto Autograph Signed Card #2 w COA
$5.99

1969 Topps Rulers #2 Jerry West PSA 8 NM MT (MC) LA LAKERS Fantastic Ruler!
$199.00

1971-72 Topps Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers #50 PSA 9(OC) Mint
$89.99

1972 Topps #75 Jerry West Lakers EX MT
$39.50

1972 Topps #75 Jerry West Lakers EX MT
$39.50

1972 Topps #75 Jerry West Lakers EX MT
$39.50

1972 Topps #75 Jerry West Lakers NM
$62.50

1972 Topps #75 Jerry West Lakers NM
$62.50

1972 Topps #75 Jerry West Lakers NM
$62.50

1969-70 TOPPS BASKETBALL LOS ANGELES LAKERS W. VIRGINIA JERRY WEST HOF *90 VG-EX
$37.50

1961 FLEER #43 JERRY WEST RC LAKERS HOF PSA 7 (OC) K2493491-974
$472.99
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Autograph Guide

Jerry West Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jerry West'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. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories, to name a few.

Jerry West Cut Signature Exemplar

Jerry West Cut Signature

Jerry West Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jerry West signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. With such a simple name, Jerry West's signature is not all that clear.
  2. The "J" looks more like a cursive "A" and finishes with a clear "e-r-r."
  3. The "y' features a limited downward motion and immediately transitions into line away from the signature.
  4. The last name begins with a "W" that appears more like a "T" or number one.
  5. The last name is more jumbled, as the "e-s" is merged together and the "t" looks like more a squiggle.

Jerry West Signed Basketball Pricing:

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Jerry West Signed Basketball

Jerry West Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Jerry West Signed Jersey

Jerry West Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Jerry West Signed Photograph

Top eBay Listings

John Havlicek Jerry West signed auto UDA 1993 NBA All-Star Upper Deck card sheet
$139.99

JERRY WEST signed autographed Lakers yellow Jersey JSA Witness #WP118747
$159.00

JERRY WEST (L.A. Lakers) Signed 8 x10 PHOTO with PSA COA
$59.95

JERRY WEST AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED LOS ANGELES LAKERS #44 GOLD BASKETBALL JERSEY JSA
$179.00

JERRY WEST AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED LOS ANGELES LAKERS 44 PURPLE BASKETBALL JERSEY JSA
$179.00

JERRY WEST AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED LOS ANGELES LAKERS BLUE ADIDAS SWINGMAN JERSEY JSA
$299.00

Jerry West signed autographed Los Angeles Lakers 8x10 photo PSA DNA Cert
$85.00

Jerry West Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Display JSA Lakers
$62.49

Jerry West Signed Postcard Legends Sports JSA COA
$60.00

Signed PSA DNA Certified 1977 Sportscaster JERRY WEST Los Angeles Lakers
$95.00

Jerry West Autographed Signed Magazine Page Photo Los Angeles Lakers PSA DNA
$39.00

Jerry West & 1 Other Autographed Signed Magazine Page Photo Lakers PSA DNA
$39.00

Jerry West Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Lakers "Best Wishes" PSA DNA
$49.00

Jerry West Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Lakers "Best Wishes" PSA DNA
$49.00

SIGNED JERRY WEST 911 TWIN TOWERS PHOTO "FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS" JSA#F30407
$100.00

Jerry West Signed Lakers 35" x 43" Custom Framed Jersey (JSA) Career 1960-1974
$399.95
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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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