Rookie Card Year: 2004
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With the Yes Movement growing, Daniel Bryan cards and memorabilia are starting to draw more mainstream attention.
Still relatively new to the scene in WWE, at least compared to some of his peers, there aren't a ton of Daniel Bryan cards yet. The said, collectors have some very solid options. His first card can be traced back to his days in Japan where he went by the name of American Dragon. After garnering more attention in Ring of Honor, Bryan (or Bryan Danielson as he went by in ROH) made his way to WWE and was one of the key up-and-comers on the first season of NXT. It looked like Bryan was going to be part of the Nexus stable, but he was unceremoniously released (although word was it was simply a disciplinary move).
It wasn't long before Daniel Bryan was back with WWE. Finally, he received a traditional North American trading card in 2010 Topps WWE.
Since then, he has gone on to appear on autograph and memorabilia cards.
Besides trading cards, Daniel Bryan figures and toys are also popular. Among the more desirable are Mattel Elite Series figures, a WWE Shop-exclusive Bleacher Creature plush and a two-pack that also includes his former tag team partner, Kane.
With Bryan's stock continuing to rise in WWE, it's likely collectors will find a growing amount of cards and memorabilia. The company is not shy when it comes to marketing and Bryan could very well be their most marketable superstar in a long time.
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Key Daniel Bryan Cards
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This is the Holy Grail of Daniel Bryan cards. Released in Japan while he was honing his craft and making himself known on the international stage, it's extremely rare today. It can also get very pricey with ungraded copies selling on eBay for as much as $200.
Going under his real name, Bryan Danielson, the first English Daniel Bryan card came from his days with Ring of Honor. Available only in select DVDs, it's relatively tough to find. The over-sized card measures 4 3/4" by 7 3/4".
After years traveling the globe, wrestling in front of a handful of people a night, finally making it to the WWE and getting future endeavored, finally a traditional card for North American audiences. The 2010 Topps WWE Daniel Bryan is his first card released in the United States to come in packs. In a very traditional sense, it makes an argument for being a rookie card. No matter which side of the argument you stand on, the 2012 Topps WWE Daniel Bryan is extremely affordable. The card comes with a variety of parallels, many of which are numbered.
If you're looking for the first certified Daniel Bryan autograph card, you need to find the overlooked 2011 Topps WWE Classic. A very youthful-looking Bryan is highlighted on the card, which uses a sticker autograph. Despite Bryan's rise in popularity since the card came out, it's still relatively affordable.
Although it's not the first autographed Daniel Bryan card, it does sell for more than his 2011 Topps WWE Classics Autograph. Also featuring a sticker signature, it's designed similar to the base card. And unlike the somewhat clean-faced Classics card, this one comes with Bryan's trademark beard.