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

2010 Topps Heritage #411 A. Pettitte J. Posada Derek Jeter Mariano Rivera BX H2A
$20.97

2010 Topps Heritage #483 Mariano Rivera SP BX H2A
$7.49

1998 Finest NEW YORK YANKEES Team Set (13) DEREK JETER MARIANO RIVERA +
$7.99

Mariano Rivera Final Home Game Unused Ticket Stub 9 26 2013 + Game Pin
$129.99

2008 UD Piece of History Mariano Rivera baseball card Yankees #ed 52 of 75
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MARIANO RIVERA 2013 TOPPS UPDATE RUNNING VARIATION SP
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Mariano Rivera 2009 Uppr Deck Winning Mtls # WM-MR, gm used jrsy w pin stripe!!
$15.83

1996 Fleer Ultra #105 Mariano Rivera Rookie PSA MINT 9! **PERFECT SHAPE!!**
$22.00

2013 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR (PURPLE) MARIANO RIVERA #118 SWEET
$5.75

1995 Fleer Ultra Mariano Rivera #105
$5.96

1996 Pinnacle #189 Mariano Rivera Rookie PSA GEM MINT 10 **AMAZING SHAPE!**
$68.00

1992 Bowman Baseball Rookie Lot of 4 Cards w Mariano Rivera, Piazza, Pedro Nice
$51.00

2014 DEREK JETER #2 9 JORGE POSADA MARIANO RIVERA TRIPLE THREADS JERSEY YANKEES
$195.00

1995 Topps Stadium Club Mariano Rivera Rookie Card #592 Rare
$6.00

Mariano Rivera 1996 Fleer signed autographed card PSA DNA New York Yankees
$249.99

2004 Topps NEW YORK YANKEES True Team Set (42) DEREK JETER MARIANO RIVERA +
$29.75
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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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