Josh Hamilton Cards, Rookie Card Checklist and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Josh Hamilton

Date of Birth: 5/21/1981
Rookie Card Year: 1999
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

Once a highly touted prospect, Josh Hamilton was pegged in the late-90s as a can't-miss future star. Josh Hamilton cards were among the hottest in the hobby. With high hopes and great expectations, the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected Hamilton as the first overall pick in the 1999 MLB Draft. However, a well-documented drug addiction brought an abrupt end to Hamilton's MLB aspirations.

Out of baseball for several years, Hamilton's comeback has been nothing short of miraculous. A self-professed, born-again Christian, Hamilton credits his faith for his dramatic turnaround. In 2007, Hamilton landed with the Cincinnati Reds and hasn't looked back.

Hamilton showed scouts enough that the Texas Rangers, looking for a power bat, were willing to trade for him in the off-season. He hit the ground running right out of the box in 2008. He was selected to the All-Star team and participated in the Home Run Derby, where he set the opening round record with 28 home runs. His amazing display put him back in the national spotlight and he has been an important part of the Rangers success ever since.

Hamilton won the American League MVP award in 2010 after hitting a league-leading .359 to go along with 32 home runs and 100 RBIs. He also helped lead the Texas Rangers to their first World Series appearance.

Following the 2012 season, Hamilton signed a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Angels, joining Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.

Hamilton has just four rookie cards, all from 1999. None are terribly expensive, although high-end collectors can chase after a handful of much tougher parallels.

Over the past couple of years Hamilton has emerged as one of the most collected players in baseball. The combination of his on-field success and comeback story has made him an inspiration to many. Panini immediately signed him as one of their company spokesmen when the added a MLBPA license in 2011. Hamilton's not shy about signing for sets, appearing in many each year. However, because of his popularity, his cards hold solid value. Hamilton signed balls and jerseys are also popular with collectors.

Josh Hamilton Rookie Card Checklist

1999 Bowman Josh Hamilton RC #431

Hamilton's first pack-inserted rookie card pictures the young star smiling as he leans against a batting cage. It's in stark contrast to the striking tattoos his cards show today. Hamilton also has an International parallel in the set. Not tough to come by, the foil card generally sells for just a little more than the base card.

1999 Bowman Baseball Josh Hamilton RC

1999 Bowman Chrome Josh Hamilton RC #431

A chromium version of his regular Bowman card, this is the most desirable Hamilton rookie cards. It is also available in several parallels: International, Refractors, International Refractors (#/100), Gold and Gold Refractors (#/25).

1999 Bowman Chrome Baseball Josh Hamilton RC

1999 Topps Traded Josh Hamilton RC #T66

After a few years away from the hobby, Topps Traded returned in 1999 as a boxed set. The picture of Hamilton is very similar to his Bowman cards with Hamilton posing in a batting stance with the shot coming from below. Each 1999 Topps Traded set came with a rookie autograph. Hamilton was included and it's his only major league autograph from 1999.

1999 Topps Traded Baseball Josh Hamilton RC

1999 Topps Chrome Traded Josh Hamilton RC #T66

A chromium version of the basic Topps Traded card, this set was also distributed only in box sets. 1999 Topps Chrome Traded has no parallels or inserts.

1999 Topps Chrome Traded Baseball Josh Hamilton RC

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2011 Playoff Prime Cuts Timeline AUTO Josh Hamilton 12 25
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1999 TOPPS TRADED #T66 JOSH HAMILTON ROOKIE AUTO RARE
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1999 Topps Chrome Traded Josh Hamilton RC Rookie T66 PRISTINE - ANGELS
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Josh Hamilton 2014 Tops Tier One #TOR-JHA Anaheim Angels Jersey 93 254
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1999 Bowman Josh Hamilton Rookie Card # 431
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2000 Stadium Club Josh Hamilton Tampa Bay Devil Rays Card # 231
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JOSH HAMILTON 1999 TOPPS CHROME TRADED RC BGS 9.5
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JOSH HAMILTON 1999 TOPPS TRADED RC SGC 98
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1999 Topps Traded rc JOSH HAMILTON anaheim angels Rookie card Gem Mint ISA 10
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JOSH HAMILTON 2010 UD GAME JERSEY GAME WORN JERSEY
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2008 Premier JOSH HAMILTON NICK MARKAKIS Triple Rookie Auto Serial #d 10 10!
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PSA 10 Gem Mint 1999 Bowman Chrome #431 Josh Hamilton Rookie
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2000 Bowmans Best Selections Josh Hamilton #8 PSA 10 Rangers Angels Rookie
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#6 9 JOSH HAMILTON "The Natural" Jersey Relic AUTO 2012 Topps Triple Threads
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2013 TOPPS TRIBUTE TO THE STARS JOSH HAMILTON #TTSR-JH - RANGERS - 05 50
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TOPPS UNCIRCULATED 2001 ETOPPS #146 INAUGURAL EDITION JOSH HAMILTON RAYS ANGELS
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Autograph Guide

Josh Hamilton Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Josh Hamilton'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, Steiner, Tristar and Panini Authentic. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Josh Hamilton Cut Signature Exemplar

Josh Hamilton Signature Example

Josh Hamilton Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Josh Hamilton signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. Signature is truly unique, written in cursive script, with few letters discernible and written on a slight angle of about 15 degrees.
  2. The signature is defined by the over-sized letter "J" which consists of a large loop, unclosed, resembling a backwards capital letter "D" and a vertical line on a right leaning angle.
  3. A large "," implies the letters "o-s-h."
  4. The letters in the last name are not decipherable, but looking at the character as a whole, look for what looks like an over-sized letter "C" with part of the bottom portion using to cross two parallel lines which is the letter "H."
  5. A 45 degree line coming off the second of the small parallel lines flows into what can look like an additional letter "c."

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JOSH HAMILTON RANGERS GAI SIGNED RAWLINGS 2010 WORLD SERIES BASEBALL
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Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels Signed Autographed OMLB Baseball JSA
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Josh Hamilton Signed Angels Rangers OML Baseball PSA DNA # U35020
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Josh Hamilton Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA Texas Rangers Autographed 1A
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JOSH HAMILTON SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SI JSA AUTH TEXAS RANGERS ANGEL BASEBALL
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JOSH HAMILTON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL BAT WITH DISPLAY CASE JSA CERT
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JOSH HAMILTON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL BAT WITH WALL MOUNT DISPLAY JSA CERT
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JOSH HAMILTON RANGERS GAI SIGNED 2010 A.L. MVP 8X10 PHOTO
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JOSH HAMILTON ANGELS RANGERS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED OFFICIAL M.L.BASEBALL W JSA
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2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Josh Hamilton #193 Signed PSA DNA Certified Autograph
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Josh Hamilton Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo GAI COA Los Angeles Angels
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Angels Star Josh Hamilton Signed OML Baseball - GAI
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Josh Hamilton Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Rangers PSA DNA #S39196
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Josh Hamilton Signed Framed Rangers Jersey - Full Letter JSA Certification!!
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Josh Hamilton Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Rangers PSA DNA #S35779
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JOSH HAMILTON TEXAS RANGERS,MVP JSA COA SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
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