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Oscar Robertson Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Oscar Robertson

Date of Birth: 11/24/1938
Rookie Card Year: 1961-62
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Oscar Robertson is among the greatest guards in NBA history and one of the most versatile players from the early period of professional basketball. Nicknamed "The Big O," Oscar Robertson cards and autographs maintain strong values.

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After a stellar high school career in Indiana, Oscar Robertson elected to play college basketball at the University of Cincinnati. The only thing that missing from his impressive college career was an NCAA title, although Robertson did lead the team to two Final Four appearances.  When Oscar Robertson left the University of Cincinnati for the NBA in 1960, he did so as as the all-time NCAA scoring leader and a three-time College Player of the Year. His scoring record would be later broken by Pete Maravich. Robertson also led team USA to the 1960 Gold Medal as a member of the amateur Olympic basketball team.

As it happened, the local pro team, the Cincinnati Royals, held the first pick in the 1960 NBA Draft. They selected Oscar Robertson with their territorial pick, but he is still viewed as the number one overall pick because Cincinnati would have taken him either way. He immediately lived up to that selection and was named the 1961 NBA Rookie of the Year. From there, Robertson saw considerable success, including an MVP award in 1964. In 1970, the 12-time NBA All-Star was surprisingly traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. Paired with Lew Alcindor, Oscar Robertson won his only title during that first season with the Bucks and spent his final four years with the team.

Oscar Robertson retired in 1974 and was inducted into the Basketball HOF in 1980. Of particular note, Oscar Robertson is the first and only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season. He achieved that feat during the 1961-62 season, averaging 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game.

From a cardboard perspective, Oscar Robertson's career is sparse. Outside of his 1961-62 Fleer rookie, official NBA cards were not available again until 1970. However, since his retirement, collectors have seen a gradual increase in cards. Robertson has been regularly featured in products since the late-1990s and although his autographed cards remain rare, they have become more common in recent years. The best place to look for Oscar Robertson autograph cards is with recent Panini or Leaf products.

Oscar Robertson Rookie Cards

1960-61 Kahn's Wieners Oscar Robertson

Collectors looking for the very first Oscar Robertson card to depict him as a pro might be a bit surprised. Proclaiming the tagline, " The Wiener The World Awaited," Kahn's Wieners issued a 12-card set featuring Royals' players and also Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers. Slightly oversized (3-1/4" x 3-15/16"), these black-and-white cards are mostly considered oddball. Nevertheless, they remain an intriguing option for collectors  short on available vintage cards for "The Big O."

1960-61 Kahn's Wieners Oscar Robertson

1961-62 Fleer Oscar Robertson RC #36

The only official rookie card for Oscar Robertson is also fortunate to come in one of the best-looking sets of all-time. 1961-62 Fleer is a cardboard masterpiece and these popular cards are the only major release of the decade. The red-orange combo works nicely with the black-and-white image of Oscar Robertson. Centering remains an issue, but even low grade or raw versions go for around $100.

1961-62 Fleer Oscar Robertson RC #36

1961-62 Fleer Oscar Robertson #61

A cheaper alternative for collectors, Oscar Robertson's second card in 1961-62 Fleer is part of the "In Action" subset.

1961-62 Fleer Oscar Robertson #61

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2016-17 Panini Flawless Premium Ink Autograph Auto Oscar Robertson 16 25
$56.00

Oscar Robertson 2017 Leaf Sports Heroes Autograph Prismatic Refractor #4 5
$46.99

OSCAR ROBERTSON 2017 18 Donruss Basketball * DOMINATOR Auto # 99 * Autograph
$32.00

Oscar Robertson 2009-10 Playoff Contenders championship ticket #1 1 NM Bucks
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Oscar Robertson 2017 Leaf Sport Heroe 1 st Refractor Auto 1 5 Autograph Card
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OSCAR ROBERTSON BUCKS 2014 PRIZM RED, WHITE, & BLUE PULSAR PRIZM # 187 GRADED 10
$30.40

1973 NABISCO (MINI) SUGAR DADDY OSCAR ROBERTSON #17! SWEET
$72.00

2016-17 Studio Basketball Oscar Robertson 1 1 Autograph - Bucks
$175.00

1970-71 TOPPS BASKETBALL CARDS - 4 MILWAUKEE BUCKS - OSCAR ROBERTSON - DON SMITH
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1969 Topps #50 Oscar Robertson Ex-Mint
$34.75

Oscar Robertson 2010 Panini Timeless Treasures NBA Autograph #07 25! RARE!
$129.99

1973-74 Topps #70 Oscar Robertson
$5.74

2014-15 NATIONAL TREASURES OSCAR ROBERTSON AUTO THE BIG O #2 10 ONLY 10 MADE!!!
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1996 Topps NBA Stars IMAGINE I-6 Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson
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1970-71 Topps Basketball # 100 Oscar Robertson
$14.99

2009-10 Panini Basketball Hall of Fame #5 Oscar Robertson Milwaukee Bucks Card
$6.25
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Autograph Guide

Oscar Robertson Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Oscar Robertson'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.

Oscar Robertson Cut Signature Exemplar

Oscar Robertson Cut Signature

Oscar Robertson Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Oscar Robertson 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. Oscar Robertson signs in large cursive and his writing is very legible. Instead of signing his full name, Robertson is also known to sign just "Big O" or "The Big O."
  2. The signature begins with a large "O" that normally makes a full circle.
  3. The pen lifts and then "s-c-a-r" is written out clearly. The "s" is not normally connected on the bottom, looking more like an "r."
  4. A large "R" immediately transitions into "o-b-e-r-t-s-o-n." All letters are legible and easily distinguished.
  5. The "b" is reminiscent of a "k" and the "t" is normally crossed.

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Oscar Robertson Signed Photo

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Oscar Robertson Milwaukee Bucks Signed MacGregor Basketball JSA
$179.00

Oscar Robertson "3x Player of Year" Signed University of Cincinnati Jersey (PSA)
$225.00

Oscar Robertson "Mr Triple Double" Signed Cincinnati Royals Jersey (PSA DNA)
$299.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed NCAA Final Four Basketball -JSA Authenticated #G93499
$185.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON 16X20 Poster Print Signed Best Regards "Big O" -JSA Auth.#I15058
$85.00

Framed Oscar Robertson SIGNED PSA AUTHENTIC Litho LTD EDITION 30 x 18"
$160.65

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed Limited Ed.#430 of 980 17x26 Framed Photo Print -JSA Auth
$275.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed Cincinnati Royals Basketball Jersey -JSA Authenticated
$450.00

Lakers JERRY WEST & OSCAR ROBERTSON Dual Signed 16x20 Photo AUTO - BUCKS - JSA
$189.99

Oscar Robertson Signed Authentic Autographed Sports Illustrated PSA DNA #X32012
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Oscar Robertson SIGNED Sports Illustrated Print ITP PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$175.00

OSCAR ROBERTSON SIGNED DELTA BOARDING PASS JSA CERTED FDC AUTOGRAPH
$80.09

Bucks OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed Home Green Custom Jersey AUTO 1971 NBA Champ - JSA
$199.99

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed Outdoor NBA Basketball-JSA Authenticated
$195.00

Earl Monroe Signed vs Oscar Robertson 16X20 Photo w "Pearl" Insc. Steiner COA
$129.99

OSCAR ROBERTSON Signed Reprint ROOKIE Card - PSA DNA slabbed 1961 
$65.00
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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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