Mariano Rivera Rookie Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Mariano Rivera

Date of Birth: 11/29/1969
Rookie Card Year: 1992
Investment Rating: 8.0


With his retirement in the books and his Hall of Fame induction official, collectors can expect Mariano Rivera rookie cards and autograph values to continue to move upward.

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 helped lead to multiple World Series titles for the New York Yankees.

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 autographs is found in 1996 Leaf Signature Series. Still, many options emerged during his last few seasons in the league and many more have been issued in modern sets. And while there seems to be a good supply of Marian Rivera signed gear, his exclusive with Steiner Sports 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 keep 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.

To see more of the key cards for Rivera, take a look at our list of The Top 10 Mariano Rivera Cards.

Mariano Rivera Rookie Cards and Minor League Cards

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1990 Diamond Cards Tampa Yankees Mariano Rivera #17

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

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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 notepads. Despite this bizarre layout, these cards are very popular and it is also still possible to find full sealed team sets from this release.

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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 overall significance makes it one of the top Mariano Rivera cards available.

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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.

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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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Trey is 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.

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