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.

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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 213x300 Image

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 216x300 Image

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 214x300 Image

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2000 JUST MINORS PREVIEW 2K 1 GRADED AUTO PER BOX, RA DICKEY, JOSH HAMILTON RC?
$17.95
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1999 BOWMAN CHROME REFRACTOR #431 JOSH HAMILTON ROOKIE RANGERS SGC 96 MINT 9
$200.00
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2011 Topps Heritage #471 Josh Hamilton (SP)
$7.95
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2011 Topps Triple Threads Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz #'d 07 18
$8.75
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2001 ETOPPS IN HAND JOSH HAMILTON RC BASEBALL RAYS RANGERS ANGELS
$9.98
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1999 TOPPS CHROME BASEBALL TRADED AND ROOKIES SET BOX JOSH HAMILTON ROOKIE
$19.99
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Topps 2013 MLB Chipz Chips Josh Hamilton lot Base Gold Silver & Glow (LT1)
$7.99
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1999 Topps Traded Josh Hamilton Graded BGS 9.5 9 9.5 9.5
$34.95
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2011 Bowman Platinum Ruby #75 Josh Hamilton
$5.46
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2011 (BB) Topps Heritage Black #C58 Josh Hamilton Nelson Cruz
$10.92
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2011 Topps Heritage Chrome #C133 Josh Hamilton 1962
$5.46
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2011 (BB) Topps Heritage Chrome Green Refractors #C58 Josh Hamilton Nelson Cruz
$8.52
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2008 Topps Chrome Copper Refractors #116 Josh Hamilton 599
$5.46
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BGS 9.5 10 AUTO JOSH HAMILTON 2000 TOPPS AUTO SP CERTIFIED ONCARD AUTOGRAPH HOT
$249.99
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1999 princeton devil rays update grandstand #10a JOSH HAMILTON rookie BGS 9.5
$20.00
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2007 topps chrome white refractors #287 JOSH HAMILTON "rookie card" BGS 9.5
$18.00
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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

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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."

Josh Hamilton Signed Baseball

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JOSH HAMILTON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY NUMBER #2 PSA DNA ANGELS LOS ANGELES
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Josh Hamilton Beyond Belief Signed 12x18 Photo Autographed PSA DNA COA V21714
$99.95
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JOSH HAMILTON ANGELS RANGERS SIGNED OFFICIAL M.L.BASEBALL W JSA
$124.99
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2007 UD Masterpieces #41 Josh Hamilton PSA DNA Signed Auto Reds Rangers Angels
$32.99
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2011 Topps Heritage #1 Josh Hamilton PSA DNA Signed Auto Rangers Angels 83550913
$32.99
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2013 Topps #639 Josh Hamilton PSA DNA Authentic Signed Auto Reds Rangers Angels
$32.99
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JOSH HAMILTON SIGNED 11X14 GORGEOUS PHOTO TEXAS RANGERS JSA COA
$50.00
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JOSH HAMILTON SIGNED 2008 ALLSTAR BASEBALL TEXAS RANGERS PSA DNA COA
$75.00
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Josh Hamilton Signed Majestic Angels Jersey JSA
$400.00
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ROOKIE SIGNED Josh Hamilton FULL NAME PSA DNA Official Minor League Baseball
$109.00
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Josh Hamilton Signed Auto 8x10 Texas Rangers JSA #I25662
$24.99
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Josh Hamilton Autographed Signed Baseball Bat, LA Angels,Texas Rangers,PSA DNA
$299.99
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JOSH HAMILTON signed & inscribed Official MLB Baseball PSA DNA COA
$129.00
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JOSH HAMILTON signed & inscribed Official Major League Baseball PSA DNA COA
$129.00
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JOSH HAMILTON SWEETSPOT Signed Autographed OML Baseball PSA DNA COA (4749)
$29.99
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Josh Hamilton H&B M9 Maple 2011 World Series Signed Game Bat Texas Rangers JSA
$1,295.00
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