Roy Campanella made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 20, 1948. Valuable Roy Campanella baseball collectibles include signed baseballs, 1949 Bowman rookie cards, comic books, autographed wire service photos and Topps, Stahl-Meyer and Bell Brand baseball cards.
Roy Campanella's (1921-1993) baseball career was cut short by a horrific automobile crash on January 28, 1958, which left him paralyzed from the chest down. Nicknamed "Campy," Campanella played his entire 1948-1957 big league career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, amassing 1,161 hits, 242 home runs, 856 runs batted in and a lifetime batting average of .276. One of the premier catchers of his day, a veteran of the old Negro Leagues and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1951, 1955), Roy Campanella was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.
Here are ten valuable Roy Campanella baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Dodger fans and sports memorabilia collectors. Now coming to the plate once again #39 the great Roy Campanella...
Roy Campanella Autographed 1955 Bowman Baseball Card
Card #22 in the 1955 Bowman baseball card series features Roy Campanella. A graded/autographed example in PSA excellent 5 condition sold at auction for $1,624.
Roy Campanella signed 1955 Bowman card $1,624 - Robert Edward Auctions
Roy Campanella 1954 Signed Wire Photo
A 1954 7x9-inch wire photo picturing Roy Campanella and Hall of Fame sportswriter Jack Lang – autographed "To Jack Best Wishes Roy Campanella" – fetched a top bid of $1,035 at auction. Roy Campanella autographs are divided into two categories: pre-automobile crash (the most valuable) and post-automobile crash. The accident had left Campy with limited use in his hands.
Roy Campanella 1949 Bowman Rookie Baseball Card
Card #84 in the 1949 Bowman baseball set constitutes Campy's rookie card. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition sold at auction for $1,410.
Roy Campanella 1949 Bowman rookie card $1,410 - Robert Edward Auctions
Roy Campanella 1952 Topps Baseball Card
Card #314 Roy Campanella graces the fabulous 1952 Topps baseball card series. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition brought $4,113 at auction.
Roy Campanella 1952 Topps card $4,113 - Robert Edward Auctions
Roy Campanella 1953 Topps Original Artwork
Artist Bill Forsyth executed the art for the 1953 Topps Roy Campanella card #27. The original 24x34-inch acrylic painting on canvas sold at auction for $2,900.
Roy Campanella 1958 Bell Brand Baseball Card
In 1958 Bell Brand potato chips distributed regional insert baseball cards promoting the new Los Angeles Dodgers, who had just moved west from Brooklyn. Obviously, the Roy Campanella entry was produced prior to his automobile accident. One graded Campy example in SGC 92 near mint/mint+ 8.5 condition brought $896.25 at auction.
Roy Campanella 1958 Bell Brand card $896.25 - Heritage Auctions
Roy Campanella Circa 1955 Single Signed Baseball
An Official Junior baseball signed on the sweet spot in green ink by Roy Campanella circa 1955 sold at auction for $7,767.50.
Roy Campanella 1954 Bowman Baseball Card
Card #90 in the 1954 Bowman baseball series features Roy Campanella. One graded example in SGC 92 near mint/mint+ 8.5 condition brought $310.70 at auction.
Roy Campanella 1954 Bowman card $310.70 - Heritage Auctions
Roy Campanella 1953 Stahl-Meyer Franks Baseball Card
Roy Campanella is seen at Brooklyn's historic Ebbets Field in the rare 1953 Stahl-Meyer baseball cards, which were issued in hot dog packages. One graded example in spectacular SGC 92 near mint/mint+ 8.5 condition brought $3,585 at auction.
Roy Campanella 1953 Stahl-Meyer Franks card $3,585 - Heritage Auctions
Roy Campanella 1950 Comic Book
Fawcett Publications produced Roy Campanella Baseball Hero in 1950. One example of this comic book in CGC very good/fine 5.0 condition sold at auction for $59.
Roy Campanella Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Robert Edward Auctions, LLC, Watchung, New Jersey, and Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Roy Campanella 1956 Topps baseball card #101 in graded SGC 60 excellent 5 condition $45 - Heritage Auctions