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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1999 Topps Traded Josh Hamilton Auto #T66 - PSA 10 Gem Mint
$750.00

JOSH HAMILTON 2014 TOPPS TRIBUTE #27 24 50 REFRACTOR ANAHEIM ANGELS
$10.00

JOSH HAMILTON Just Minors Auto Signed 27 100 Charleston Rangers Angels Card
$8.99

20 dif card Josh Hamilton lot LA Angels Texas Rangers Topps Chrome Triple Play
$5.00

2001 (DEVIL RAYS) Bowman's Best Autographs #BBAJH Josh Hamilton
$19.75

JOSH HAMILTON 82 Different Cards 1999-2014 2 Rookie Cards
$38.00

1999 Topps Tampa Bay Devil Rays Team Set with Traded Josh Hamilton Carl Crawford
$12.00

2008 Topps TEXAS RANGERS True Team Set (38) CHRIS DAVIS Rookie JOSH HAMILTON +
$6.49

Josh Hamilton 2011 Panini Limited Lumberjacks Auto Autograph #1 029 149
$29.99

2009 (RANGERS) Sweet Spot Swatches #JH Josh Hamilton Jsy
$6.40

2009 UD Goudey 4-In-1 #71 Ryan Howard Josh Hamilton RANGERS Pujols Cabrera
$5.00

1999 Team Best #25 Josh Hamilton Rookie Card PSA Mint 9-Devil Rays RC-Rangers
$14.99

2012 Topps Tribute Positions of Power Relics #JH Josh Hamilton 95 99 B78174
$24.97

1999 Bowman #431 Josh Hamilton RC - NmMt+ 8.5
$9.00

1999 Topps Traded #T66 Josh Hamilton RC - graded Mint 9
$11.00

Josh Hamilton '99 Topps & Chrome 4 Card Non Auto Rookie Lot Rays Texas Rangers
$9.75
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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 Signed PSA DNA Sports Illustrated SI 2010 AL MVP - Nice Auto!
$99.00

Josh Hamilton Signed MLB Baseball Clean Ball from Signing or Show JSA COA
$128.00

Josh Hamilton Signed Rawlings Official Baseball Autographed PSA DNA Rangers
$74.99

2008 Topps Heritage Josh Hamilton #78 Signed Autograph PSA DNA
$25.00

2007 UD Masterpieces #41 Josh Hamilton PSA DNA Signed Auto Reds Rangers 83550912
$29.69

2013 Topps #639 Josh Hamilton PSA DNA Authentic Signed Auto Reds Rangers Angels
$29.69

2011 Allen & Ginter A&G #200 Josh Hamilton PSA DNA Signed Auto Rangers Angels
$29.69

JOSH HAMILTON SIGNED MLB BASEBALL TEXAS RANGERS PSA COA
$129.95

Josh Hamilton Autographed Baseball Signed JSA Cert Texas Rangers 2 Peter 3:18
$49.99

#1 2001 Topps #779 Rays Team Card JOSH HAMILTON '01 Signed PSA DNA Auto
$85.27

#3 JOSH HAMILTON 2001 Topps Heritage #91 '01 Signed Auto PSA DNA COA Autograph
$112.94

#5 JOSH HAMILTON 2001 Signed BP Used Baseball Autograph PSA DNA Certified Auto
$256.49

#2 1999 Just #93 RC JOSH HAMILTON '01 Signed Autograph PSA DNA Certified Auto
$123.74

#5 1999 JOSH HAMILTON Autograph 1999 Just RC #93 '01 Signed PSA DNA Autograph
$124.87

#7 JOSH HAMILTON Signed 2001 BP Used SAL Baseball Autograph PSA DNA COA Auto
$244.79

#3 JOSH HAMILTON Signed 2001 BP Used MLB Baseball Auto PSA DNA COA Autograph
$260.95
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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