Tony Gwynn Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Tony Gwynn

Date of Birth: 5/9/1960
Rookie Card Year: 1983
Investment Rating: 6.5


One of baseball's greatest and most consistent hitters, Tony Gwynn is also one of the game's greatest ambassadors. Easily one of the most popular players of the 1980s and 1990s, Tony Gwynn cards remain affordable.

Gwynn spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres, an impressive feat for someone from the modern era who played for two decades. A local talent, he was born in Los Angeles and went to San Diego State University. Gwynn racked up eight batting titles and was considered one of the game's hardest workers.

Tony Gwynn has four rookie cards. Released in 1983, they're relatively inexpensive as they were released at a time of growing print runs. Despite the overwhelming quantities available, high grade examples can command top dollar.

A widely accessible signer, Gwynn's autographs are very affordable as well, on both cards and memorabilia. Even in retirement, he still appeared regularly in newer sets. While the supply may be on the higher side and the prices a little flat, Tony Gwynn cards and memorabilia remain popular with collectors.

Tony Gwynn Rookie Card Guide

1983 Donruss Tony Gwynn RC #598

1983 Donruss Baseball is one of the company's nicer releases, even if it did borrow very heavily from the previous year's design. The Gwynn is the set's most popular card. Like all Tony Gwynn rookie cards, it's fairly easy to find at an affordable price.

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1983 Fleer Tony Gwynn RC #360

The 1983 Fleer Tony Gwynn rookie card has a plain, almost drab look -- and that's still with the bright yellow of the Padres uniform. The value is comparable to the Hall of Famer's Donruss rookie card. Its plentiful supply has strangled values in recent years.

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1983 O-Pee-Chee Tony Gwynn RC #143

If you're looking for the toughest Tony Gwynn rookie card, 1983 O-Pee-Chee is it. Originally distributed in Canada, the card is very similar in design to its Topps cousin. The logo on the front and bilingual text are the easiest differences to notice. As with most O-Pee-Chee sets, centering and poorly cut edges make truly high-grade cards tough to come by.

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1983 Topps Tony Gwynn RC #482

The 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn rookie card is easily his most recognizable. Because of its iconic status and the set's overall popularity, it carries a premium over Gwynn's other rookies. But that doesn't mean it's not affordable. A large supply has helped ensure that prices haven't taken off.

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Autograph Guide

Tony Gwynn Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Tony Gwynn'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 and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Tony Gwynn Cut Signature Exemplar

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Tony Gwynn Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tony Gwynn 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. Gwynn possesses an odd and unique signature in that it is written but largely indecipherable.
  2. The letter "T" is over-sized in nature and contains a large lower loop resembling a corn kernel.
  3. The letters "o-n" are not legible.
  4. The letter "y" is indicated by a tail.
  5. The letter "G" looks more like a number "6."
  6. The letters "w-y" are legible.
  7. The pen lifts and an implied letter "n" is marked with an extending tail.

Tony Gwynn Signed Baseball

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Tony Gwynn Signed Jersey

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Tony Gwynn Signed Bat

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Tony Gwynn Signed Photograph

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Comments

  1. Tony gwynn padires 570 1988 topps price tony gwynn commemorative series special number 1 card 1992 price for these 2 carts

  2. Instead of thinking about profit off a death, let’s remember Tony Gwynn for who he was. One of the greatest hitters to ever play, and most importantly, one of the classiest, kind gentlemen to represent any sport. He achieved much in baseball, but where Tony excelled was in the game of life. Say hi to Kirby Puckett for me, another great and kind player that is missed.

  3. We pulled this article from the archives and moved it to the front page as it was as people are looking for the info. I left it unchanged. I can see how it could be read that way but that was not at all the intention here.

  4. Hey Ryan,
    By no means was I pointing the finger at you or this web site. I was speaking to all those who take advantage of unfortunate events. I realize you post what the public wants to see, it’s just pathetic how people are all about money. I truly enjoy your site and the effort you put into it Ryan.

  5. nick For sure. I get irked when I see all the listings that stress how someone has passed. Collecting is a way to celebrate someone’s accomplishments. It’s also strange to see how it can be a form of mourning when someone passes. In most cases, things do level out over time.

  6. Ryan

    I have not collected in years, but still have all of my cards boxed up for my son. I was thinking of going through them and pulling the more popular (i.e., hall of framers, all-stars, all-pros, etc.) and sending them to PSA for an official grade. What do you suggest? Is this even worth the effort? Or would this be wasting money? Just out of curiosity, what does a Tony Gwynn rookie card go for? I think I could possibly have several of these boxed up?

    Thanks for the time!

  7. I have a Donruss Significant Signatures Legends Classic of Tony Gwynn numbered 12/25.what would it’s value be ?

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