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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JOSH HAMILTON ANGELS 2011 PLAYOFF PRIME CUTS JERSEY CARD 13 25
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2008 UD Timeline 2004 UD Timeless Teams Gold #308 Josh Hamilton
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2008 UD Timeline 2004 UD Timeless Teams Silver #308 Josh Hamilton 25
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2009 TOPPS ALLEN AND GINTER BASEBALL N43 GU JERSEY JOSH HAMILTON TEXAS RANGERS
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2014 TOPPS 21 CHIPZ LOT UTLEY RED CLIFF LEE RED & BLACK JOSH HAMILTON RED & BASE
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2012 Topps Heritage #486 Josh Hamilton, (SP)
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JOSH HAMILTON AND TROY TULOWITZKI 2008 STADIUM CLUB PHOTOGRAPHERS PROOF GOLD.
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1999 Minor Miracles Princeton JOSH HAMILTON 1st Team Set #ed 1500 TOUGH!
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1999 Princeton Grandstand #10 Josh Hamilton GRADED USA 10 GEM MINT ROOKIE
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JOSH HAMILTON RANGERS 2013 TOPPS CUT TO THE CHASE DIECUT REFRACTOR GRADED 10
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2007 Ultra Rookie Autographs #238a Josh Hamilton Lucky 13 158 499 RC-year Reds
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2000 Topps Tek #38 Josh Hamilton Lot of 8 Patterns 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 x2
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2000 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE RARE JOSH HAMILTON MEYERS RANGERS ANGELS MVP
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(4) 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Josh Hamilton Rookie RC 4 card lot
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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 11x14 Photo PSA DNA Cert # Y35014
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Josh Hamilton Signed MLB Baseball ( 3rd Party Holo MLB Auth ) Steiner COA
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JOSH HAMILTON TEXAS RANGERS SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO JSA COA AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL MLB
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JOSH HAMILTON #32 ***SIGNED WITH JSA*** LA ANGELS SIZE 52 MLB JERSEY
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JOSH HAMILTON 2001 Rookie Signed Baseball Magazine RAYS RANGERS ANGELS JSA COA
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JOSH HAMILTON 2008 Signed 11x14 SI RAYS RANGERS ANGELS JSA COA
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Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers Signed OML Baseball Auto Autographed JSA COA #R17314
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Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers Signed OML Baseball Auto Autographed JSA COA #R17313
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Josh Hamilton Rangers Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA AUTO Autograph
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Josh Hamilton Signed Baseball AUTO Autograph PSA DNA COA Angels Rangers
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JOSH HAMILTON RANGERS JSA COA SIGNED FULL SIZE BAT
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Josh Hamilton Signed Authentic 2008 All-Star Game Jersey Auto PSA DNA Z25492
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Josh Hamilton Signed 2008 Home Run Derby Jersey Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z25656
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Josh Hamilton Signed 2008 Home Run Derby Jersey Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z25655
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Josh Hamilton Signed Authentic 2008 Home Run Derby Jersey Auto PSA DNA Z25488
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Josh Hamilton Signed Game Used Batting Helmet Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z25544
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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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