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Roy Campanella Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Roy Campanella

Date of Birth: 11/19/1921
Rookie Card Year: 1949
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

Roy Campanella baseball cards and autographed memorabilia are some of the most highly pursued collectibles in the hobby. Nearly anything associated with his career sells for top dollar. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest catchers in baseball history.

Campanella's lone rookie card is from 1949 Bowman Baseball and is one of the most coveted post-war cards in the hobby. Additionally, he has a 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers team-issued card that is also very popular.

Roy Campanella died in 1993, just prior to the explosive growth of the sports memorabilia and autograph market. As a result, the only autographed baseball cards that Campanella has are cut signature cards. His first appeared in 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends and 1999 SP Signature Edition.

His first memorabilia card was manufactured for inclusion in Upper Deck's 2000 Brooklyn Dodgers Master Collection set. The Legends of Flatbush card has a piece of a Roy Campanella game-used bat and is serial numbered to 250.

Items signed by Roy Campanella are considered to be somewhat rare. While authentic samples exist, primarily in the form of photos and other paper collectibles, they command exceptional amounts of money on the secondary market. In 1958, Campanella was paralyzed in a car accident ending his playing career. This also led to few autographs. The high demand for Campanella's signature has also, unfortunately, resulted in plenty of forgeries. Exceptional care should be taken when looking to purchase an authentic Roy Campanella autograph.

Roy Campanella Rookie Card

1949 Bowman Roy Campanella RC #84

1949 Bowman Roy Campanella RC

The 1949 Bowman baseball card set is a favorite of vintage collectors. The vibrant colors and lack of text on the front allows for the photo to speak for itself. The under-sized cards measure 2-1/16 by 2-1/2 inches. The coloring process was actually printed on top of black and white photos. Professionally graded copies receiving grades of 9 or higher are very rare. An example in a PSA 9 sold at auction in 2013 for close to $9,500.

Top eBay Listings

1957 Topps-Roy Campanella #210-Brooklyn Dodgers
$35.95

Roy Campanella 24k Gold Autographed Card Laminated
$349.99

2005 Upper Deck Emerald #177 ROY CAMPANELLA Dodgers #'d to 199 PSA 10
$23.88

1959 TOPPS #550 ROY CAMPANELLA - SYMBOL OF COURAGE
$50.00

1957 TOPPS #400 CARL FURILLO DUKE SNIDER ROY CAMPANELLA GIL HODGES
$80.00

Mike Piazza Roy Campanella Highland Mint
$29.99

Roy Campanella 1956 Topps vintage baseball card Dodgers option 2
$99.99

Roy Campanella 1953 Topps vintage baseball card Dodgers
$149.99

2002 Topps Heritage Grandstand Glory relic Dodgers Roy Campanella
$25.00

1952 Bowman #44 Roy Campanella ALT
$25.50

1955 BOWMAN BROOKLYN DODGERS ROY CAMPANELLA
$49.50

1954 Red Man Baseball Card National League #13 Roy Campanella, Dodgers (EX+)
$89.25

2004 LEAF CERTIFIED CUTS ROY CAMPANELLA AUTO PANTS 1 1!! PRE-ACCIDENT
$800.00

ROY CAMPANELLA 2004 LEAF LIMITED THREADS GAME USED PANTS# 50
$19.55

1953 Bowman # 46 Roy Campanella EX
$110.00

1952 Topps Baseball Roy Campanella # 314
$416.53
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Autograph Guide

Roy Campanella Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Roy Campanella'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 companySome 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.

Roy Campanella Cut Signature Exemplar:

Roy Campanella Signature Example

Roy Campanella Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Roy Campanella 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. A pride of penmanship exists in his signature. Even as he got older and his signature more messy, he still attempted every letter. Later examples exhibit a great degree of shakiness in the handwriting.
  2. The first and last names are written in cursive with a distinct lean to the right.
  3. The signature was often written on a raised plane of about 30 degrees.
  4. The letter spacing is very narrow.
  5. Each letter is legible.
  6. The "R" and "C" are larger than the other letters.

Roy Campanella Autographed Memorabilia Pricing

Active Listings for Roy Campanella Signed Memorabilia

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Top eBay Listings

Nice 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers NL Champs Team Signed Baseball Roy Campanella JSA COA
$1,495.00

Roy Campanella 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers NL Champion Signed Baseball JSA LOA
$1,399.99

Roy Campanella Authentic Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Brooklyn Dodgers PSA DNA
$349.00

Roy Campanella Authentic Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Brooklyn Dodgers PSA DNA
$349.00

Roy Campanella Authentic Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Brooklyn Dodgers PSA DNA
$349.00

Roy Campanella Authentic Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Brooklyn Dodgers PSA DNA
$349.00

Roy Campanella Authentic Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Brooklyn Dodgers PSA DNA
$395.00

Roy Campanella Signed Album Page PSA DNA COA Encapsulated Pre Accident Autograph
$2,849.00

Roy Campanella (d.1993) HOF Brooklyn Dodgers Autograph 8x10 Signed Photo JSA 16L
$386.99

Yogi Berra And Roy Campanella Signed & Framed 11x14 Photo 1955 World Series PSA
$1,499.99

1954 Brooklyn DODGERS Team Signed MLB BASEBALL Roy Campanella Alston LA PSA DNA
$5,999.99

Roy Campanella Authentic Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Brooklyn Dodgers PSA DNA
$349.00

Roy Campanella Autographed Signed Framed Magazine Page Photo Dodgers PSA DNA
$3,450.00

Roy Campanella Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Poster Display JSA Dodgers
$359.99

Al Rosen Signed 1975 Topps MVP card PSA DNA Auto Indians Roy Campanella
$25.00

ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED PSA DNA PRE ACC PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$682.46
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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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