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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

2010 Topps Tribute Relic Black #TR-RCA Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers Card
$52.24

2010 Topps Tribute Relic Black #TR-RCA Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers Card
$52.24

ROY CAMPANELLA 2004 LEAF LIMITED TIMBER GAME USED RELIC #D #96 100
$24.99

1953 Red Man #NL5 Roy Campanella - VG *082-473
$28.50

1949 Bowman ROY CAMPANELLA #84 Brooklyn Dodgers - ROOKIE HOF - SGC 84 7
$850.00

1953 BOWMAN COLOR ROY CAMPANELLA G VG DODGERS #46 MULTI CREASES 102116HM
$31.50

1950 Bowman Baseball #75 Roy Campanella, Dodgers (Abt EX)
$253.25

1957 Topps #210 Roy Campanella EX X1317524
$40.38

1950 DRAKES COOKIE BASEBALL CARD ROY CAMPANELLA BVG VG 3 BROOKLYN DODGERS
$219.99

1957 Topps #210 Roy Campanella EX+ X1317836
$54.83

1959 Topps #550 Roy Campanella VG X1320426
$26.56

1957 Topps #210 Roy Campanella VG X1320361
$26.56

1957 Topps #210 Roy Campanella G VG X1320066
$23.16

1955 Bowman #22 Roy Campanella VGEX X1319150
$26.56

1952 Wheaties Roy Campanella Action Card Poor Condition Glue Stains On Back CSC
$25.00

1950 Bowman #75 Roy Campanella Dodgers HOF PSA 1.5 !!!
$53.10
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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

Roy Campanella Furillo Palica Autographed Signed 3x5 Cut Sig Dodgers JSA
$595.00

1953 Brooklyn Dodgers Signed Team ONL baseball ball Roy Campanella JSA
$1,750.00

Roy Campanella Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Set Dodgers JSA
$299.99

Roy Campanella Signed Auto Brooklyn Dodgers 100th Anniversary Bat 45 100 JSA +
$760.00

ROY CAMPANELLA BROOKLYN DODGERS SIGNED FRAMED 8X10 LOA JSA
$395.00

Roy Campanella Signed NL Baseball - PSA DNA
$829.00

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 Louisville Slugger Bat PSA DNA
$746.25

Roy Campanella Signed Album Page PSA DNA COA Encapsulated Pre Accident Autograph
$2,564.10

Roy Campanella (d.1993) HOF Brooklyn Dodgers Autograph 8x10 Signed Photo JSA 16L
$429.99

Yogi Berra And Roy Campanella Signed & Framed 11x14 Photo 1955 World Series PSA
$1,199.99

ROY CAMPANELLA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL HOF JSA
$643.99

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