Rookie Card Year: 2002
Investment Rating: 7.0
Joey Votto has played a huge role in bringing the Cincinnati Reds back into contention in the National League. The first baseman is a favorite among collectors, making Joey Votto cards some of the most popular in the hobby today.
The Canadian was selected in the fourth round of the 2002 MLB draft. Picked out of high school, he showed steady progress through the Minors, culminating in his MLB debut.
After a short stint with the Reds in 2007, Votto made a splash as a rookie the following year. He hit a very respectable .297 with 24 home runs and 84 runs batted in, finishing second to the Cubs' Geovany Soto in NL Rookie of the Year voting. In 2010, Votto was named the NL MVP after batting .324 and notching 37 homers.
There are just three Joey Votto rookie cards for collectors to chase. None are terribly rare but all have shown good growth on the secondary market. His first autograph is a Signs of the Future insert in 2004 Bowman Baseball.
Joey Votto Rookie Card Checklist
The most basic and readily available of the three first-year Joey Votto cards, 2002 Bowman Draft doesn't have much in the way of bells and whistles. It's got a posed shot of the Canadian in front of an empty field, bat resting on his shoulder. This card is usually overshadowed by the more desirable Bowman Chrome version.
The 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Joey Votto is the first baseman's most popular rookie card. It's nearly identical to the basic Bowman Draft version, only printed on chromium card stock. Refractor (#/300), X-Fractor (#/150) and Gold Refractor (#/50) parallels are also very popular among collectors.
There's not much in the way of originality when it comes to the photos on Joey Votto's rookies. Although it's somewhat stylized, the 2002 Topps 206 Joey Votto rookie card has the same picture as both of his other rookie cards. Printed without any gloss or modern embellishments, it has a nice classic feel. 2002 Topps 206 was extremely popular with set collectors, making this card not so common. It also has several tobacco-sized mini parallels for an added chase.
Joey Votto Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what an authentic Joey Votto 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, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Joey Votto Cut Signature Exemplar
Joey Votto Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Joey Votto signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- Entire signature is quickly written, with several letters combined and others missing.
- The letter "J" is discernible with a loop on the bottom of the letter but not the top.
- The loop of the "J" flows into a "y", distinguishable only by the loop of the bottom part of the letter.
- The letters "o-e" are absent.
- The last name portion of the autograph is not really legible.
- The first letter resembles a "U" that flows into what looks like two consecutive capital "A"s.