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Mariano Rivera Cards, Rookie Cards, and Memorabilia Guide

Mariano Rivera

Date of Birth: 11/29/1969
Rookie Card Year: 1992
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Mariano Rivera built his legacy largely by coming into the end of games and getting those last few outs. It does not sound glamorous and that is why most relievers and closers are not big in the hobby. But Rivera was different. Although his cards were not very popular during the early portion of his career, it became clear how special the closer was, especially since his dominance lead to multiple World Series titles for the New York Yankees. With his official retirement in the books and the Hall of Fame all but certain, collectors can expect Mariano Rivera cards and autograph values to continue to move upward.

Born and raised in Panama, Mariano Rivera signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees in 1990. Despite speaking no English, he left home to begin his career in the minor leagues. Rivera was called up by the Yankees in 1995 and started his long Major League career with the team. And what a career it was. When it was all over, Mariano Rivera held an impressive amount of regular season and postseason records. The 13-time All-Star helped close out five World Series titles and was named the World Series MVP in 1999. He also holds the MLB record for most career saves.

Pack-pulled Mariano Rivera autographs are not as common as other elite players. Even though autographs have become a staple of modern card products, one of his most popular Mariano Rivera signed cards is found in 1996 Leaf Signature Seres. Still, many options emerged during his last few seasons in the league. And while there seems to be a good supply of Marian Rivera signed gear, his exclusive with Steiner Sports Memorabilia keeps prices and supply very controlled.

Since Mariano Rivera's official rookie card came in the early-90s, the large print runs common during this period will always keeps values down. However, high-grade versions command strong values and Rivera has a few cards that predate his rookie, which remain popular and valuable when they surface.

Mariano Rivera Rookie Cards and Minor League Cards

1990 Diamond Cards Tampa Yankees Mariano Rivera #17

Just out of his teens at the time, Mariano Rivera's first card shows am image of a young-looking and scrawny pitcher for the Tampa Yankees. The plain card is bordered by Yankees pinstripes. He would wear those colors for nearly 25 years.

1990 Diamond Cards Tampa Yankees Mariano Rivera

1991 ProCards Greensboro Hornets Mariano Rivera #3058

Another pre-rookie card, the 1991 ProCards release for the Greensboro Hornets takes an interesting design approach. However, it is only interesting if you a fan of note pads.  Despite this bizarre layout, these cards are ver popular and it is also still possible to find full sealed team sets from this release.

1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera RC #302

One thing is clear. Mariano Rivera is a fan of business casual. The official Mariano Rivera rookie card may not wow anyone with the design, but the significance makes it one of the top Mariano Rivera cards.

1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera RC

Top eBay Listings

2006 Topps 52 Debut Flashbacks Chrome #DF8 Mariano Rivera 1952
$6.80

2006 Topps Co-Signers Changing Faces Red #41C Randy Johnson Mariano Rivera 150
$5.00

MARIANO RIVERA 2004 DONRUSS STATUS GOLD DIE CUT CARD #50 02 25 NEW YORK YANKEES
$29.96

2014 Topps Triple Threads Amber #47 Mariano Rivera 023 125 New York Yankees
$6.00

2013 BOWMAN ROOKIE REPRINT BLUE SAPPHIRE REFRACTOR REPRINT MARIANO RIVERA MINT
$9.89

1992 Mariano Rivera Fleer Pro Cards rookie gem mint 10 #2611
$76.49

1994 Fleer Procards #2382 Mariano Rivera Tampa Yankees RC BGS 9.5 Gem Mint
$85.00

2015 Topps Mariano Rivera RED Cardboard Icon Set 02 10 New York Yankees
$289.99

1992 Bowman Unopened Packs of Baseball Cards: Lot of 3- Mariano Rivera Rookie
$19.95

2002 Bowman Heritage Relics Mariano Rivera Jersey #BHMR *61910
$8.00

MARIANO RIVERA 2004 UD EX MLB CLEARLY AUTHENTICS AUTO AUTOGRAPH JERSEY 50 YANX
$199.99

1998 Score Mariano Rivera #PP147 ARTIST PROOF PSA 10 GEM MINT Pop 1
$495.00

MARIANO RIVERA 2012 PLAYOFF PRIME CUTS TIMELINE AUTO 25 25 AUTOGRAPH YANKEES
$127.00

PSA 8.5 NM-MT 1992 BOWMAN #302 MARIANO RIVERA ROOKIE NEW YORK YANKEES
$59.99

RARE 2005 STUDIO PORTRAITS MARIANO RIVERA #57 70
$11.99

mariano rivera(new york yankees-Pitcher) 1997 SCORE HOBBY RESERVE CARD #527 MINT
$10.00
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Autograph Guide

Mariano Rivera Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Mariano Rivera'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.

Mariano Rivera Cut Signature Exemplar:

Mariano Rivera Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Mariano Rivera 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 exhibits an overall consistency, and each letter is discernible.
  2. Although the signature begins with a normal oversized "M", the second half nearly forms a figure eight.
  3. The pen lifts and the remainder of the first name is written in one line.
  4. The rest of the letters in the first name are legible,  similarly-sized,  and the "i" is dotted.
  5. The "R" does not connect and is rounded to the point that it can resemble a "B".
  6. The pen lifts and "i-v-e-r-a" is written in one line and the "i" is dotted.
  7. The final "a" will generally exhibit an upward finish of varying lengths and resemble a smile.

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Mariano Rivera Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Top eBay Listings

Mariano Rivera Signed All Time Saves Record Limited Edition Ball - Steiner COA
$500.00

MARIANO RIVERA (Yankees) signed "'99 WS MVP" baseball- Steiner Sports PSA DNA
$429.00

MARIANO RIVERA 2000 WSC YANKEES-METS WS SIGNED AUTO 2000 WS BASEBALL STEINER
$249.99

DEREK JETER MARIANO RIVERA ANDY PETTITTE SIGNED AUTOGRAPH STEINER framed 16x20
$1,442.00

MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED PHOTO "ENTERING THE GAME" INSCRIBED ENTER SANDMAN STEINER
$750.00

Mariano Rivera Signed 16x20 Final Pitch Yankee Stadium Framed Steiner Autograph
$469.99

Mariano Rivera Single Signed Baseball Autograph PSA DNA COA New York Yankees
$1,150.00

NEW YORK YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED CAREER STATS #42 NIKE CLEATS STEINER 8 8
$5,000.00

NEW YORK YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED & INSCRIBED GAME USED 2012 JERSEY STEINER
$25,000.00

NEW YORK YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA signed HALL OF FAME BASEBALL JSA #E05126 PROOF
$350.00

NEW YORK YANKEES MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED LAST TO WEAR #42 NIKE CLEATS STEINER 2 42
$2,000.00

SIGNED MARIANO RIVERA autographed THE CLOSER Signed Book NEW PSA JSA YANKEES
$115.00

MARIANO RIVERA SIGNED AND GAME USED BASE FROM HIS RETIREMENT YEAR WITH STEINER
$600.00

Mariano Rivera Single Signed Baseball AUTO Autograph STEINER COA NY Yankees
$146.94

Mariano Rivera Auto Official MLB Baseball Signed Yankees PSA DNA AC32654 BB03
$208.95

Mariano Rivera Signed Baseball Yankees Autograph Steiner 602 Saves LE 3602
$399.99
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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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