Richard Petty Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Richard Petty

Date of Birth: 7/2/1937
Rookie Card Year: 1988
Investment Rating: 7.5


To many NASCAR fans, he will always be "The King." Richard Petty trading cards and memorabilia are remain highly collectible despite the fact that he last raced in 1992. A look at his career achievements is all the proof you need to justify his nickname and place in the hobby. Petty won the Daytona 500 seven times and the NASCAR Championship (Winston Cup/Grand National) seven times. No other stock car driver has come close to these lofty numbers.

The 1988 Maxx Richard Petty is widely recognized as his first mainstream rookie card. He had some oddball and regionally distributed cards dating back to the early 1970s, however these are rare and not traditional cards.

Richard Petty's first certified autograph card is from the 1992 Traks set. It is also signed by Dale Earnhardt Sr, making it one of the most legendary autographed pairings in racing card history.

In 2006, Press Pass issued Richard Petty's first memorabilia card. It features swatches from one of his iconic hats and is numbered to 99.

Richard Petty's autographed memorabilia continues to see strong demand. He has been a longtime ambassador of NASCAR and a willing signer at the track and other race events. He has occasionally appeared at larger signing events as well.

Richard Petty Rookie Card

1988 Maxx Racing Richard Petty RC #43

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While you can find some earlier Richard Petty cards, they're not very traditional. For example, there's an UNO playing card from 1983. Sure, it's a card but it's more closely related to a playing card. As a result, the consensus on the 1988 Maxx Richard Petty is his rookie card. Petty has other cards within the set as well. Two showcase images of his famous blue and red STP car. Another pairs him with fellow racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.

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Autograph Guide

Richard Petty Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Richard Petty autograph 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, Steiner, Tristar, NASCAR and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Richard Petty Cut Signature Exemplar

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Richard Petty Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Richard Petty signature will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. His signature does have two fairly distinct versions. However, regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features.

  1. It is a very flamboyant signature with lots of loops, swoops and flair. There is no mistaking a Richard Petty autograph.
  2. When the signature is stacked (first name over the last) it is often easier to read and make out individual letters.
  3. He uses cursive for most of the letters. The added flair is on the first and last initials, for the most part.
  4. Individual letter analysis is tricky.
  5. Because of the dynamic and unique signature, the autograph should be analyzed as a whole.

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Die-Cast Cars

Richard Petty Die-Cast Cars

Die-cast cars have an incredible collector following amongst NASCAR collectors and fans alike. Richard Petty has had numerous cars created over the years in different degrees of quality and scale. The most popular scales are 1/24 and 1/64. Die-cast cars can vary significantly in price. The more detailed the car, the more expensive the price.

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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