Rookie Card Year: 1990-91
Investment Rating: 7.5
Ed Belfour is one of the most accomplished goalies in NHL history. He retired in 2008, with 484 wins and plenty of hardware. He was the winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie in 1991. He would go on to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie, two times. He also hoisted the Stanley Cup as a member of the Dallas Stars in 1999. And while Ed Belfour cards and autographed memorabilia reflect his Hall of Fame standing, they're still largely affordable.
Belfour played for five teams during his 19-year career. He may be best remembered as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks who he played for from 1988 to 1997. He is a fan favorite in that market and well respected in the other cities he played for as well. His far-reaching fan base makes him highly collectible.
Ed Belfour has five rookie cards. The were all produced in 1990-91. He also has three pre-rookie cards. Of these, his 1988-89 ProCards IHL card is the most popular. While the value of his modern cards perform well, his rookie cards were over-produced and trade for just a few dollars each.
His first certified autograph card, is from a little known set called High-5 Previews. It has a print run of 1,500 but is not serial numbered. His earliest mainstream autographed card is from 1995-96 Be A Player. A die-cut parallel also exists. Neither card is serial numbered and exact print runs are unknown.
Ed Belfour's first memorabilia cards were produced in 1998-99 products by both Upper Deck and Be A Player. Be A Player produced four game-used memorabilia cards including a stick card and a playoff-worn jersey card.
Ed Belfour autographed memorabilia is are popular with a wide range of NHL collectors. He has been a gracious in-person signer through the years. An ample supply of material exists to meet demand.
Ed Belfour Rookie Card Checklist
The nostalgic clay stock is a throwback to earlier collecting days. There's also a 1990-91 Bowman Tiffany version that's one of Belfour's most valuable first-year cards. Available only in special factory sets, Tiffany cards have a glossy finish.
This is perhaps one of the most over-produced hockey sets in history. As a result, this card is worth very little. That said, it's got a solid design.
This is, arguably, the most popular Ed Belfour rookie card. It was printed in smaller supply than his other rookie cards and was offered in a box set.
Despite a massive print run, 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey is one of the sport's most iconic sets of the era. While not worth much, this is one of Belfour's more popular rookies.
At one time, 1990-91 Upper Deck French carried a huge premium. However, the speculation on tiny print runs proved to be incorrect, values plummeted. You can see the French spelling of the word "goalie" in the top-right corner, "Gardien de but."
2005 UD ICE ED BELFOUR ERROR CARD
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Ed Belfour Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Ed Belfour'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.
Ed Belfour Cut Signature Exemplar:
Ed Belfour Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ed Belfour signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item, or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
Ed Belfour Signature Characteristics
- The signature is very legible and written on an even horizontal plane.
- The letter "E" starts with a small elongated ova shape. It is written with a combination of printing and cursive.
- The "d" does not make a fully closed loop and the vertical line consists of a tall loop resembling a lower-case cursive "l."
- The "B" is legible but with very shallow definition of the humps.
- The "e" is represented by a small up and down stroke resembling an Upside down "v."
- The "l" is similar to the "e" but slightly taller and narrower.
- The remaining letters look very much like standard cursive. The "f" will sometimes have a loop on top and/or bottom. Other times, as above, it is represented as a long up and down line.
- The "o" is close looped and the "u" and "r" are discernible.