Rookie Card Year: 1978
Investment Rating: 6.0
Paul Molitor baseball cards and autographed memorabilia have wide appeal. His on-field accomplishments defined what it meant to be a five-tool player. With a lifetime batting average of .306 and 3,319 hits, he earned his nickname as "The Ignitor." His 21-year career was dominated by time with two teams, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins. That said, he was named the 1993 World Series MVP while with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Paul Molitor's lone rookie card comes from the 1978 Topps Baseball set. He shares the card with potential Hall of Famer, Alan Trammell as well as the New York Yankees' Mickey Klutts and the Kansas City Royals' U.L. Washington. In recent years, star player rookie cards from the 1970s have been gaining appreciation by collector's, which has translated into an increase in value. This card is a perfect example of that trend.
Paul Molitor's first certified autograph card was part of the 1993 Donruss Elite Dominators set. It is serial numbered to 2,500 copies. In 2000, Fleer, Topps and Upper Deck all released Paul Molitor memorabilia cards. One of the most popular is the 2000 Upper Deck Piece of History 3,000 Hit Club game-used bat card, which has a print run of 350 copies.
Paul Molitor's autographed memorabilia is plentiful but demand comes on several fronts. Brewers and Twins fans lead the way. Specialized 3,000 Hit Club and Hall of Fame collectors also fuel demand. Molitor frequently participates in several autograph signings every year.
Paul Molitor Rookie Card
Depicted on a multiple player card as part of the 1978 Rookie Shortstops, the card is popular with multiple collecting circles. The complimentary colors of the yellow background, red piping and white borders makes for a decent looking card.
Paul Molitor Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Paul Molitor'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-respectedÂ professional autograph authentication company.Â Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Paul Molitor Cut Signature Exemplar
Paul Molitor Key Signature Attributes:Â An authentic Paul Molitor signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless ofÂ the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A very legible signature written in classic cursive.
- The letters "P" and "M" are over-sized in comparison to the rest of the letters.
- The letter "P" has a "kidney bean" shape to it, it also resembles a letter "G" due to the inclusion of the short horizontal line.
- The "a" is slightly open, the "u" is small and the "l" even smaller with no opening or loop.
- The letter "M" has a short curl at the top with an up and down line creating an upside down "l", the first hump is often more rounded than the second.
- The pen lifts and then the "o" is a closed circle, the "l" is written on an angle to then flow into the "i" which is dotted but not always above the letter itself.
- The "t" is easily legible with no real loop to it, the "o" and "r" are squished together but legible.
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