Rookie Card Year: 2010
Investment Rating: 5.0 (Average)
Gina Carano trading cards and autographed memorabilia were among the first for a female MMA fighter. Her brief career in the sport was highlighted by the first woman's bout to headline a Strikeforce card. She retired from fighting shortly before UFC officially sanctioned a women's division but her achievements in the ring were influential in making women's MMA popular.
Carano quickly capitalized on her success and good looks by parlaying her talents into a successful movie and TV career. Her crossover into Hollywood brought her new fans and increased demand for her autographed memorabilia. Gina Carano's first trading cards can be found in 2008 Donruss Americana II.
Carano has a surprising number of autographed trading cards in the market, including several limited edition pieces. She has a number of cards in Leaf products including 2010 Leaf MMA, 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport and 2012 Leaf Pop Century.
Key Early Gina Carano Cards
Part of the popular Ring Kings insert set, the card is serial number to 500. The card's design uses a combination of graphics, muted background images and a photograph of Carano that gives off a slight 3D effect as she poses in a first-person punch stance. Besides the base version, the card also has autographed (#/492), autographed memorabilia (#/400) and memorabilia (#/5) versions. Autographed versions are signed with her nickname, "Conviction," rather than her full name.
Many consider this as Gina Carano's defacto rookie card as it her first card numbered as part of a base set, though the Americana Ring Kings card is more popular. It features a fit Carano in a posed shot like you might find at a weigh-in. The set also includes an autograph.
GINA "CONVICTION" CARANO 08 DONRUSS AMERICANA RING KINGS WORN PC AUTO. 155 400
Gina Carano Figure Guide
Gina Carano has two figures that were produced as part of the Round 5 MMA Series 4 series. One of the figures was produced as an exclusive for Walkout Wear, a boxing and MMA apparel company.
This version of Gina Carano's Round 5 figure has a serial numbered production run of 3,000. It features Carano in a pink and black outfit and was a limited edition figure produced for Walkout Wear.
Gina Carano Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Gina Carano signature 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, and UFC. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Gina Caranao Cut Signature Exemplar
Gina Carano Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Gina Carano signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. She likes to take up a lot of space when she signs. As a result her trading card signature looks different than here signature on larger flat items. However, regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for, at least some, of the following signature features:
- Usually written very fluidly with no stops and starts.
- The letters "G" and "C" are over-sized.
- The letter "G" resembles more of an "M" with a curl on the bottom left vertical line and a slight up/down on the bottom of the second, a deep "u" shap forms between the verticals and the tops of the lines are straight.
- An "i", which is dotted, half sideways and very open like an upside down "v", intersects the second vertical line of the "G."
- The "i" is used to flow into the "C" of Carano.
- The "C" is tall and open at the top, the bottom portion curl back up almost as if she was going to write a "6" but instead she makes a loop to finish the other letters which are illegible.
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