Danica Patrick Racing Cards: Rookie Cards Checklist and Autograph Memorabilia Buying Guide

Danica Patrick

Date of Birth: 3/25/1982
Rookie Card Year: 2006
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

When you combine girl-next-door good looks with speeds of 230 miles-per-hour, it tends to get people's attention. Such is the case with Danica Patrick. Her up-and-down success on the track has resulted in Madison Avenue opportunities off of it in modeling and advertising. It has also meant a strong following for Danica Patrick cards and memorabilia.

Addicted to speed at a young age, Patrick's racing career started on the go-kart tracks of rural Illinois and Wisconsin. Quickly displaying a knack for learning a track's nuances and how to get the most out of the horsepower allotted her, she progressed to Formula Fords as a teenager in England.

Returning to the States to race for Rahal Letterman Racing in junior circuits serving as a gateway to IRL, she consistently finished in the top five with several podium finishes. In 2005, Patrick posted the fastest lap during the Indianapolis 500 time trials. Eventually qualifying fourth for the race's start, it was the highest ever achieved by a woman at the famed Brickyard. During the actual race, she became the first woman to be on the lead lap, a total of 19, and secured her starting position with a fourth-place finish. As a result of her historic achievements at Indy, she was recognized as IRL's Rookie of the Year.

Perhaps no other driver in the history of racing has been surrounded with so much hype despite just one career victory (Indy Japan 300 on April 20, 2008). In over 100 career starts, Patrick has just three poles to go with her single win. Her highest points rank was fifth in 2009. Despite these statistics, it was no surprise when JR Motorsports of NASCAR's Nationwide Series came calling in 2010 to ask about her interest in competing on an additional circuit. With three top ten finishes and the money available to her in more endorsement opportunities, Patrick has recently committed to NASCAR full-time for the 2012 season leaving behind her open wheel career.

Because Danica Patrick embodies two things a lot of people love, speed and beauty, her memorabilia is in strong demand. Her autograph, despite being a gracious in-person signer, commands top dollar on the secondary market. Numerous Danica Patrick cards exist from companies like Press Pass and Rittenhouse. Given that she has raced in two different, non-competing circuits, her rookie cards hail from two different years. Cards issued in 2007 are her Indy rookie cards and cards issued in 2010 are her NASCAR rookie cards. To further complicate matters, Patrick also appeared in 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter, a baseball set that also has athletes from other sports, pop culture figures and overlooked champions. Patrick also signed a small number of cards for the set.

Unlike other sports, die-cast racing collectibles are extremely popular. Patrick has several scale model cars available for both open wheel and stock car enthusiasts. Perhaps her most popular items are autographed copies of the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in which she appeared in for a four-page spread.

Danica Patrick Rookie Card Checklist

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BECKETT GRADED 9.5 GEM MINT DANICA PATRICK ROOKIE card RC element BGS 9.5
$79.99
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2013 PRESS PASS REDLINE RPM DANICA PATRICK #RMP 7 10
$5.99
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2012 PRESS PASS LEGENDS DANICA PATRICK ROOKIE CARD #49
$7.99
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2013 Press Pass Ignite Racing Complete Set (1-70) NASCAR Danica Patrick Gordon
$9.99
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2011 Press Pass Showcase "Danica Patrick" BGS Graded autograph----#26 50
$169.00
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Danica Patrick 2013 Press Pass Total Memorabilia R U Sheet Metal #TM-DP2
$24.99
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Danica Patrick Sports Illustrated Decade Swimsuit Special Bikini Swatch Card
$30.00
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2010 Wheels Authentic race-used memorabilia #d 11 25 DANICA PATRICK TT-DP
$90.00
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2012 Press Pass Showcase Showroom race used sheet metal #d 82 99 DANICA PATRICK
$45.00
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2012 Press Pass Showcase Showroom race used sheet metal #d 22 50 DANICA PATRICK
$60.00
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2010 Wheels Main Event DANICA PATRICK Authentic Patch memorabilia #d 18 25
$95.00
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2010 Press Pass Wheels DANICA PATRICK AUTO
$40.00
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2013 Press Pass Total DANICA PATRICK memorabilia TM-DP 185 199
$10.00
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2010 Press Pass Showcase Premier Prospects DANICA PATRICK AUTO SWATCH #51
$240.00
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2010 Press Pass Showcase 2nd Gear Gold #30 Danica Patrick CC 086 125
$37.50
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2010 Press Pass Stealth Mach 10 #MT9 Danica Patrick
$7.50
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Autograph Guide

Danica Patrick Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Danica Patrick autograph 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, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Danica Patrick Cut Signature Exemplar

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Danica Patrick Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Danica Patrick signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features, particularly the first two traits:

  1. A very unique signature defined by a fluid and over-sized letter "D."
  2. The "D" contains a down and up pen stroke to start the letter on the left-hand side, followed by a large, oval shaped curve that flows into the rest of the letters.
  3. The remaining letters, though written are illegible.
  4. The last character of the signature consists of a nearly complete circle that is implied to be the letter "P."

Danica Patrick Signed Photo Pricing:

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Danica Patrick Signed Diecast Pricing:

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Danica Patrick Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Danica Patrick SEXY Signed Framed 18x24 Photo Poster Display JSA
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DANICA PATRICK Signed Izod Racing Hat JSA
$52.49
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Danica Patrick GO DADDY.COM Signed 7x7 Race Used Sheetmetal Piece PSA DNA COA
$99.99
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Danica Patrick GO DADDY.COM Signed 7x7 Race Used Sheetmetal Piece PSA DNA COA #2
$99.99
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Danica Patrick SEXY SI SWIMSUIT GO DADDY Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA COA
$149.99
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Danica Patrick SEXY SI SWIMSUIT GO DADDY Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA COA
$149.99
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Danica Patrick SEXY SI SWIMSUIT GO DADDY Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA COA
$149.99
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Danica Patrick SEXY SI SWIMSUIT GO DADDY Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA COA
$149.99
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Danica Patrick DAYTONA 500 POLE WINNER GO DADDY Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA COA
$149.99
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2013 Danica Patrick DAYTONA 500 SEXY GO DADDY Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA COA
$149.99
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Danica Patrick Hand Signed 8x10 Godaddy NASCAR 8x10 Photo Autograph JSA COA
$68.00
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Danica Patrick Hand Signed 8x10 Godaddy NASCAR 8x10 Photo JSA COA
$68.00
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Danica Patrick Signed - Autographed 8X10 Photo JSA COA
$50.00
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Danica Patrick SEXY Boots Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Poster Display JSA
$157.49
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DELICIOUS! DANICA PATRICK SIGNED AUTO GO DADDY! JERSEY PSA DNA ONLY ONE ON EBAY!
$99.99
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Danica Patrick SEXY SI SWIMSUIT GO DADDY Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA
$79.99
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User Comments

  1. Dear Sir,
    I have a 2010 PRESSPASS/ELEMENT unopened pack of Danica Patrick cards. There seem to be 2 in the package.
    How do I determine the value of this without openning?
    Thank you,
    Pete Wehe

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