Rookie Card Year: 1989-90
Investment Rating: 7.0
As one of the best NHL defensemen of all-time, Brian Leetch cards and autographed memorabilia hold a special place in the hearts of collectors. His career spanned 18-years, most of which were spent with the New York Rangers. He helped guide the team to their 1994 Stanley Cup Championship, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP.
Leetch has two rookie cards: 1989-90 O-Pee-Chee and 1989-90 Topps Hockey. Both are readily available and shouldn't cost more than a few dollars ungraded.
While it's not a traditional rookie card, the 1988-89 Panini Hockey Stickers set has Leetch a full year before his first NHL card. This sticker is tough to find as a single and does often sell for a little more than either the Topps or O-Pee-Chee rookies.
Brian Leetch's first certified autograph card was produced by Be A Player in 1994-95. It has a print run of 600 copies. Issued the year after the New York Rangers Stanley Cup victory, it is highly desired by collectors.
1997-98 Upper Deck Hockey has his first game-used memorabilia card. It is part of the Game Jerseys insert set.
As one of the greatest New York Rangers of all-time, demand for Leetch's autographed memorabilia is always strong. Leetch had an exclusive autograph deal with Steiner Sports for several years. As a result, many of his signed items come with a Steiner certificate of authenticity.
Brian Leetch Rookie Card Checklist
As was custom for the time period, the only noticeable differences between this card and the Topps version below are the logo and bilingual back. It is written in English and French.
While the O-Pee-Chee card typically sells for more money, some collectors actually prefer the Topps version. This is because the Topps set, for once, a little tougher to find than its Canadian cousin. That said, both are extremely reasonably priced, even top-end professionally graded versions.
1997-98 Donruss Elite Status #40 Brian Leetch 100
1997-98 (HKY) Pacific Dynagon Red #80 Brian Leetch
1997-98 Black Diamond Quadruple Diamond #33 Brian Leetch 50
1997-98 Donruss Press Proofs Gold #230 Brian Leetch 500
Brian Leetch Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Brian Leetch'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, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Brian Leetch Cut Signature Exemplar:
Brian Leetch Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Brian Leetch signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item, or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
Brian Leetch Signature Characteristics
- The signature is written in cursive with a unique and fluid writing style.
- The "B" resembles a number "3" as it has no vertical line connecting the humps.
- The remaining letters of the first name are indiscernible as they all look the same.
- The "L" in the last name is written in a manner that the bottom loop forms what looks like a "9." The top loop forms a long hook shape.
- The other letters of the last name are not legible by letter.
- The letter "t" is written so that it actually looks like a cursive "b" that has been crossed.
- The "h" is over-sized and consists of a vertical line on an angle and a connecting horizontally line that extends to the right.
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