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Yogi Berra Cards, Rookie Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Yogi Berra

Date of Birth: 5/12/1925
Rookie Card Year: 1948
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Yogi Berra is a big name in baseball history for a reason. Although he never put up tremendous batting statistics like other high-profile players from this period of baseball, his consistent hitting, incredible postseason success, and excellence as a catcher, place him in a special group. He is also well-known for his many "Yogi-isms."  Yogi Berra's vintage baseball cards are particularly popular with collectors, as is his signed memorabilia.

Born Lawrence Peter Berra, Yogi Berra ended his playing career as a highly-decorated ballplayer. In 19 seasons, Berra totaled 18 All-Star appearances, three AL MVP Awards, and he helped lead the New York Yankees to ten World Series Championships. He would also lead the Yankees and New York Mets to World Series titles as a coach and manager in later years. Yogi Berra was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

Yogi Berra remains an appealing signer and autographed items are in good supply. Prices are not cheap, but they remain reasonable given his relevance to the game.

While his official rookie card is found in 1948 Bowman, several other early options exist and are documented below. Be aware that reprints are common amongst early Yogi Berra cards.

Yogi Berra Rookie Cards

1947 Homogenized Bond Bread Yogi Berra #2

Measuring 2-1/4" x 3-1/2", this black-and-white card predates his official Bowman rookie card. The card shows a young-looking Yogi Berra posing with a forced smile. Found in packages of Homogenized Bond Bread, the unnumbered cards include rounded edges and a blank back. The card front lists him as Larry Berra.

1947 Tip Top Bread Yogi Berra #46

Also released before the Bowman rookie, Yogi Berra's Tip Top card was another card found in bread packages. The card measures 2-1/4" x 3" and is unnumbered. Like the Homogenized Bond Bread card, this card lists him as Larry Berra. The card back includes a full advertisement for Tip Top Bread.

1948 Bowman Yogi Berra RC #6

1948 Bowman Baseball Yogi Berra RC

While both the 1947 releases are popular with collectors, the 1948 Bowman Yogi Berra rookie card is the clear favorite. Checking in at 2-1/16" x 2-1/2", the card showcases a more lively image than the previous cards. Raw cards with some wear can be found for under $100 and high grade versions can push into the thousands.

Top eBay Listings

2003 TOPPS TRIBUTE PERENNIAL ALL STAR YOGI BERRA , YANKEES !
$5.99

1983 Topps 1952 Reprint #191 YOGI BERRA PSA 9 MINT New York YANKEES
$51.03

2014 Topps Tribute Yogi Berra game used memorabilia card # 42 50
$6.05

YOGI BERRA Very Rare FAN CRAZE Art Series WOOD ENGRAVED Game Piece
$15.60

1957 TOPPS #407 MICKEY MANTLE YOGI BERRA PSA 8 NM MT 331789 (KYCARDS)
$2,695.00

topps 2012 heritage flashback relic 1963 style Yogi Berra FR-YB
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Post Yogi Berra card
$7.00

YOGI BERRA 2003 SWEET SPOT CLASSIC PATCH 1953 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS SP 218 350
$9.99

PSA DNA GEM MINT 10 ! 1951 Bowman #2 Yogi Berra Yankees Autograph signed !!!
$425.00

YOGI BERRA 2004 UD ULTIMATE COLLECTION #42 NEW YORK YANKEES SP 325 675
$5.00

2003 FLEER FALL CLASSIC PENNANT AGRESSION YOGI BERRA YANKEES 1288 1951
$5.00

2002 Donruss All Time Diamond Kings Yogi Berra Yankees 0907 2500
$5.00

1953 Bowman Color #121 Yogi Berra EXMT X1358871
$435.20

Picture Pack Mgr. Yogi Berra New York Yankees American League Baseball
$29.95

1953 Topps # 104 - Yogi Berra - New York Yankee HOF - PSA 8 NM-MT (OC)
$399.99

1952 BOWMAN #1 YOGI BERRA
$49.99
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Autograph Guide

Yogi Berra Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Yogi Berra'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, and Mounted Memories.

Yogi Berra Cut Signature Exemplar:

Yogi Berra Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Yogi Berra 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. The signature begins with an oversized "Y" and immediately transitions to the "i", omitting "o-g".
  2. The "Y" includes an elongated swoop and the "i" is dotted.
  3. Occasionally, the "i" will be written inside the "Y".
  4. The "i" resembles a downward-facing fish, with the dot on the end.
  5. Smaller than the "Y", but larger than any other letter, the "B" starts the second part of the signature.
  6. The "e" is clearly legible, while the "r-r" is distinguishable.
  7. The "a" is not as discernible,  but it finishes the signature with a more subtle notation and can swoop back  as far as the first "r".

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Top eBay Listings

Joe Medwick Stan Musial J Haines Yogi Berra Multi signed HOF Baseball PSA DNA
$1,199.00

RARE! Yogi Berra Signed Vintage 1988 FDC Envelope With Cachet (PSA Encapsulated)
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Yogi Berra Yankees 1 1 Signed Autographed 30x40 Framed Canvas JSA W238620
$699.99

PSA DNA GEM MINT 10 ! 1951 Bowman #2 Yogi Berra Yankees Autograph signed !!!
$425.00

Nice Yogi Berra Signed Autographed Major League Baseball PSA DNA #Z70791
$149.99

Yogi Berra Signed Gold HOF Plaque autograph auto Certified JSA #I98022
$50.00

Yogi Berra Signed Cachet autograph auto JSA Certified #I98019
$50.00

Bill Dickey Yogi Berra Signed Cooperstown Bat Autograph Auto PSA DNA AC02136
$449.00

YOGI BERRA SIGNED RAWLINGS AL BASEBALL SWEET SPOT AUTO - MOUNTED MEMORIES COA
$199.99

JSA 1998 B.A.T Signed Ball Yogi Berra, David Cone, Tommy Agee, T.Mcraw, D.Schaap
$189.00

Yogi Berra "It Aint Over Til It's Over" signed auto PSA DNA OMLB ball HOF
$499.99

YOGI BERRA SIGNED BASEBALL COA JSA NY YANKEES AUTO BALL HOF
$65.00

Yogi Berra Autographed Signed Rawlings Official Baseball MLB STEINER CERTIFIED
$80.00

PHIL RIZZUTO AND YOGI BERRA SIGNED CIGARS 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA 1951 YANKEES
$159.00

YOGI BERRA AUTOGRAPHED COOPERSTOWN HOF PLAQUE PSA DNA CERT Yogi Berra signed
$100.00

Yankees Yogi Berra-Bench-Fisk-Carter-Signed Framed-Steiner Cert-Catchers -Hof
$499.99
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.


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