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Pete Maravich Rookie Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Pete Maravich

Date of Birth: 6/22/1947

Rookie Card Year: 1970-71

Investment Rating: 8.0


Few players have achieved the near-mythical status associated with Pete Maravich. Generally viewed as one of the most innovative offensive players in NBA history, "Pistol Pete" cards and autographs are in high demand.

Pete Maravich first emerged on the major basketball scene during his time at LSU. After college, Maravich would go on to play 10 seasons in the league, spending most of his NBA career with the Hawks and New Orleans Jazz. Regular problems associated with his knees slowed "Pistol Pete" in his later years and forced his retirement in 1980. Pete Maravich was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

Less than a year after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame and only eight years removed from his retirement, Pete Maravich died from a heart attack at the age of 40. For this reason, the supply of Pete Maravich autographs is very limited. Obviously, this has pushed his certified autographs to higher values and has resulted in a greater interest in his signed checks and other documents from his estate. Although very rare, game-used Pete Maravich memorabilia items carry an incredible premium whenever they appear for sale.

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While there is only one Pete Maravich rookie card, Maravich's career coincided with a consistent basketball card period, so there are multiple base card options for collectors throughout the 1970s.

Pete Maravich Rookie Cards

1970-71 Topps Basketball Pete Maravich RC #123

As the sole Pete Maravich rookie card, this tallboy card has added importance for collectors. 1970-71 Topps utilized a bright green background for Maravich's card. The card also includes a fresh-faced image of Maravich, holding a basketball on his knee, and a generic look without any Topps or NBA logos.

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Autograph Guide

Pete Maravich Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Pete Maravich'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 and Mounted Memories, to name a few.

Pete Maravich Cut Signature Exemplar

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Pete Maravich Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Pete Maravich 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:

It is important to note that there is not a huge supply of Pete Maravich autographs due to his sudden death, early in 1988. It is highly recommended to only buy authenticated Pete Maravich autographs. Pete Maravich has been known to sign a variety of ways, including Pistol, Pistol Pete, Pistol Pete Maravich, Pete Maravich and Peter Maravich. "Pistol Pete" appears to to be the most common.

  1. The signature is legible and each letter can normally be distinguished. When he signed Pistol Pete, Maravich included quotations that frequently appeared as random dots at the beginning and end of the signature.
  2. The "P" normally exhibits two rounded parts, similar to a "B".
  3. From there, the first name is completed in cursive and the "i" is normally dotted.
  4. The second "P" is similar to the first and the "t" is more rounded and resembles the "l" in his first name.
  5. Occasionally the "t" is crossed straight from the final "e" without lifting the pen.

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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.

User Comments


My friend, I was looking for an opinion on a Pistol Pete sig I have. I think it is worth looking at.


Trey Treutel
Trey Treutel

kevin PSA or JSA is your best best for authenticity questions.

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