Rookie Card Year: 1999
Investment Rating: 7.0
Drafted in the seventh round of the 1998 MLB Amateur Entry Draft, Matt Holliday has developed into a solid and dependable player. It's his status has a hard-working, clutch star that have made Matt Holliday cards and memorabilia solid movers in the hobby.
In 2007, Holliday was named MVP of the National League Championship Series while leading the Rockies to their first World Series. After being traded to the Oakland Athletics in late 2008, Holliday was later part of a multi-player trade that landed him in St Louis where he has continued to flourish.
There are just six Matt Holliday rookie cards. None are autographed or serial numbered. However, he does have several parallel and insert cards within his rookie card brands that do have serial numbering.
Playing in smaller markets like Colorado and St. Louis has not in hurt the demand for Matt Holliday autographs. He's a World Series champion and played in markets with loyal and rabid fan bases.
Matt Holliday Rookie Card Checklist
Many people will argue that the 1999 Stadium Club Matt Holliday is second to his Bowman Chrome rookie. Its ability to make it as a standalone brand has many cards to thank, including this one. Featuring a colorful background pattern, gold accents and a die-cut player image makes the card pop. 2002 Bowman's Best also has Refractor and Atomic Refactor parallels.
The 1999 Bowman Chrome Matt Holliday rookie card provides a bit more value than the Topps flagship base rookie card. It has a close-up body shot taken at an upward angle with Holliday is extending the barrel end of a bat straight towards the camera. Heavily graded due to the popularity of the Chrome brand, even in high grade it isn't terribly expensive. Parallel Refractors are also available.
This short print shows Holliday as a 1998 Draft Pick. The Stadium Club design and printing technology produces a clear, vibrant image of Holliday in a posed throwing motion.
A uniquely designed base card from 1999 Topps Baseball, the card shows Holliday with fellow draft pick Jeff Winchester. Both images appear to be taken at spring training. The photos are joined by connecting circles.
Identical in design to his 1999 Topps rookie card, the Topps Chrome version carries the advantage of being from a premium brand. As a result, it carries a slightly bigger price tag.
While not a rookie card, the 2002 Upper Deck USA Baseball Team Signatures Matt Holliday is worth highlighting. It's his first autograph card. Signed in blue and laid out in a vertical orientation, the card is numbered to 375.
2007 Bowman Heritage, #187, Matt Holliday, SP
Matt Holliday 2009 Topps Unique Game Used Relic Bat Knob Auto Autograph 1 1
2006 Flair Showcase #175 Matt Holliday SL - NM-MT
2006 Topps Heritage #272 Matt Holliday SP - NM-MT
Matt Holliday Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Matt Holliday autograph 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, Schwartz Sports and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Cut Signature Exemplar
Matt Holliday Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Matt Holliday signature will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- Pronounced letter "M" to start the signature
- Little in the way of other legible first name letters with the "M" flowing into the start of the last name
- The letter "H" is distinguishable as is the letter "o"
- Both letter "l's" are pronounced with, almost always, one loop rounder than the other (the first "l")
- A letter "d-y" combination at the end completes the signature with a flair
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