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Tom Seaver Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Tom Seaver

Date of Birth: 11/17/1944
Rookie Card Year: 1967
Investment Rating: 9.0


Overview

Pitchers don't often get a lot of love in the hobby. Tom Seaver cards and memorabilia are a major exception.

Seaver pitched  for four different teams over his 20-year career (New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox). Celebrating his greatest success in New York, he is the only Cooperstown inductee to wear a Mets cap so far.

Between 1967 and 1986, Seaver racked up 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and a 2.86 earned run average. Named the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year, Seaver was a 14-time All-Star selection and won the coveted Cy Young Award as the league's best pitcher on three occasions. Seaver also led the 1969 Miracle Mets to a World Series Championship. In 1988 the team acknowledged his contributions to the franchise by retiring his jersey number 41.

As a popular member of the 300-Win Club, Tom Seaver cards have held their value over the years. Despite his willingness to sign and frequent participation at collector events, demand remains strong for his items. Single-signed balls, 1969 team-signed balls, and game-used jerseys are just some of the coveted Seaver pieces collectors seek.

Tom Seaver Rookie Cards

1967 Topps Tom Seaver RC #581 with Bill Denehy

1967 Topps Baseball Tom Seaver and Bill Denhey

The Tom Seaver rookie card is in 1967 Topps Baseball. He's not alone on the card, which is common for cards of the era. Seaver shares his first baseball card with Bill Denehy. The distinct yellow borders make the card easily identifiable. Featuring a full head shot, the young Seaver appears to be focused on the season's task at hand. Subject to print dots, a flaw in the printing process common to the era, this card commands highly respectable dollars in top grade.

Top eBay Listings

Tom Seaver 1970 Topps ML Baseball Trading Card # 300
$23.95

1978 Topps #450 Tom Seaver PSA 9 Cincinnati Reds Baseball Card
$17.50

1978 Topps #450 Tom Seaver PSA 9 Cincinnati Reds Baseball Card
$17.50

1978 Topps #450 Tom Seaver PSA 9 Cincinnati Reds Baseball Card
$18.40

1976 Topps Tom Seaver #600 PSA 7 T44
$15.00

1976 Topps Tom Seaver #600 PSA 8 T44
$19.00

1976 Topps Tom Seaver #600 PSA 5 T45
$7.00

1969 Topps Decals Tom Seaver New York Mets  Hall-of-famer!
$5.19

TOM SEAVER DOC GOODEN ROGER CLEMENS 2007 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS JERSEY AUTO 8 18
$132.99

1968 Topps #45 Tom Seaver - New York Mets, Very Good - Excellent Condition!
$18.75

1984 RALSTON UNOPENED PACK - COOKIE CRISP CEREAL (TOM SEAVER SHOWING
$8.00

1971 TOPPS BASEBALL #160 TOM SEAVER H.O.F. NM
$22.00

2014 Panini Hall of Fame Red Shield Blue #72 Tom Seaver New York Mets Card
$12.73

2014 Panini Hall of Fame Red Shield Blue #72 Tom Seaver New York Mets Card
$12.73

2014 Panini Hall of Fame Red Shield Blue #72 Tom Seaver New York Mets Card
$12.74

Tom Seaver autographed signed 1978 O-PEE-CHEE # 120 AUTO PSA DNA
$49.99
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Autograph Guide

Tom Seaver Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Tom Seaver'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. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Schwartz Sports and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Tom Seaver Cut Signature Exemplar

Tom Seaver Cut Signature Exemplar

Tom Seaver Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tom Seaver 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. Written in classic cursive script.
  2. The letters "T" and "S" are over-sized.
  3. The letter "T" has a closed oval loop at the bottom and and angled line at the top on a 65 degree angle.
  4. The letter "o" is visible but not closed but does contain an additional loop to maintain pen flow into the "m" which is implied by what looks like a letter "u."
  5. The letter "S" comes to a point at the top and includes a narrow triangle shape with a round loop that flows into a series of letters that appear very similar in nature until reaching the letter "r."
  6. The letter "r" is discernible and includes a trailing tail.

Tom Seaver Signed Baseball

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Tom Seaver Signed Photograph

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Tom Seaver Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Framed Tom Seaver Mets Signed 8"x 10" Posed Photo & Tom Terrific Insc - JSA
$299.98

Framed Tom Seaver Mets Signed 8"x 10" Pitching Photo & The Franchise Insc - JSA
$299.98

Tom Seaver autographed signed 1978 O-PEE-CHEE # 120 AUTO PSA DNA
$49.99

TOM SEAVER SIGNED NEW YORK METS JERSEY COA-JSA
$575.00

Tom Seaver signed Cincinnati Reds 1982 Fleer baseball card Psa
$49.00

Tom Seaver signed Cincinnati Reds 1978 SSPC All-Star Gallery baseball card Psa
$59.00

TOM SEAVER SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO-NY METS-JSA COA
$74.99

JSA Signed Tom Seaver Auto Silk Cachet Envelope Third Annual East Coast National
$21.95

JSA Signed Tom Seaver Auto Silk Cachet Envelope Starts Record 15th Opener
$21.95

JSA Signed Tom Seaver Auto Silk Cachet Envelope Returns
$22.95

Nolan Ryan Tom Seaver Warren Spahn Bob Gibson 50+ Shutouts Signed Baseball JSA
$599.00

Gil Hodges Signed Ball 1969 New York Mets W Tom Seaver +23 JSA full Letter
$349.99

TOM SEAVER METS SIGNED "HOF 92" MINT OML SELIG BASEBALL PSA DNA
$129.00

Tom Seaver signed Rawlings licensed authentic jersey Jsa coa NY Mets autograph
$499.00

TOM SEAVER Signed Official William White NL Baseball JSA COA 311 Wins HOF 1992
$80.00

Tom Seaver 1981 Fleer #200 PSA DNA Autographed card signed Cincinnati Reds
$45.95
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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.


User Comments

  1. Do not see the card that I have. He is in a Mets #4 shirt, lettering in blue and red, with striped uniform. It is in a plastic case 1993. Is it worth anything?

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