R.A. Dickey Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

R.A. Dickey

Date of Birth: 10/29/1974
Rookie Card Year: 1997
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

R.A. Dickey's unlikely emergence as a dominant National League pitcher is one of the feel-good stories of the 2012 season. Not many athletes hit their stride until their mid-30s but that's exactly what the knuckleball specialist has done. And while R.A. Dickey cards have likely peaked in value, his story and continued success should still keep most of them out of the commons bins.

Drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1996, Dickey spent the early part of his career as a reliever. Really, it is a wonder that his career lasted as long as it did as his stats don't show a strong pitcher. After bouncing through Texas, Seattle and Minnesota, Dickey found himself with the Mets in 2010 where he became a full-time starter. After a solid couple of years, Dickey established himself as one of the game's best in 2012. While he has been great all year, his back-to-back one-hitters in June elevated him from cult hero to baseball superstar.

As great a story as the pitcher is, collectors have to be wondering when the clock is going to strike midnight. Thankfully, with a knuckleball as his dominant pitch, it is possible that Dickey could be pitching well into his 40s.

Those looking to collect R.A. Dickey cards have just two rookie cards to track down: 1997 Bowman Baseball and 1997 Bowman Chrome Baseball. For years, both cards could have been found for pennies. From a percentage standpoint, they've soared in 2012. Collectors can now expect to pay $10 and up for the 1997 Bowman Chrome R.A. Dickey rookie.

Don't expect much more growth over the long-term. It's simply too late for Dickey to become an all-time great. However, that won't stop him from being a fan favorite for years to come, which will help keep his rookies from going back to the common box tombs they spent so many years in.

Those wanting autographed R.A. Dickey cards had just one set to look to for a long time, the 2004 Upper Deck USA Baseball 25th Anniversary box set. The card has three different ink versions: Black #/180, Blue #/60 and Red #/10. Topps included autographs and memorabilia cards in late-2012 and 2013 products.

At this point, there isn't a lot of R.A. Dickey autographed memorabilia available. The safest bet, at this point, are baseballs authenticated by Steiner Sports.

Dickey also published an autobiography in March, 2012 titled "Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball Image."

R.A. Dickey Rookie Card Guide

1997 Bowman Baseball R.A. Dickey RC #81

Looking a lot younger, it's a little ironic that the knuckleball hurler is shown gripping a fastball. Dickey is the latest (and likely last) rookie to emerge from the deep 1997 Bowman Baseball checklist. Besides tons of solid rookie cards, the set is also notable for debuting the black borders that were a staple with the brand for many years. Collectors can also look for the 1997 Bowman International parallel. The foil cards don't carry much of a premium, but they're also not terribly difficult to come by.

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1997 Bowman Chrome Baseball R.A. Dickey RC #108

The more desirable of the two first-year R.A. Dickey cards, 1997 Bowman Chrome Baseball is almost identical to his regular Bowman rookie. The major difference is that the card is done on chromium card stock. 1997 Bowman Chrome Baseball is a genuine modern classic in the hobby. Parallels include International, Refractors and International Refractors.

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R.A. DICKEY METS 2011 TOPPS GOLD SPARKLE # 279 GRADED 10
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R.A. DICKEY METS 2011 TOPPS COGNAC DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY # 66 GRADED 10
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2013 Topps Heritage, #464, R.A. Dickey, SP, BB-578
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2014 Topps Tier One R A Dickey Game Jersey 91 399
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RA DICKEY 2014 Panini PRIZM **GOLDEN LEATHER INSERT SP** SHORT PRINT
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RA DICKEY Blue 2013 Topps Silver Slate wrapper redemption card 43 Mets Blue Jays
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2014 Allen Ginter 1 1 R A Dickey Box Topper #300 Blue Jays Sealed
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2013 Topps Heritage, #464, R.A. Dickey, Blue Border, BB-596
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2013 Topps Heritage SP Action Variation Lot (4) Mauer,Miley,RA Dickey,Dunn
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2013 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS R A DICKEY RELIC 27
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Autograph Guide

R.A. Dickey Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what R.A. Dickey'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, and Mounted Memories.

R.A. Dickey Cut Signature Exemplar:

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R.A. Dickey Key Signature Attributes: An authentic R.A. Dickey  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. The signature is written on an even horizontal plane.
  2. The letters "R-a" are clearly legible.
  3. The letter "R" is written with two lines that includes a lifting of the pen, the first is the down stroke that leans to the right, the second line starts to the outside near the middle of the first line and is used to draw the curve of the letter and circles back to draw the right down stroke.
  4. The letter "a" is lower case and open on the top right.
  5. A "." follows and then a large circle implies the letter "D."
  6. The last character resembles a capital letter "S" that slightly passes through the "D."
  7. A haphazard dot implies the letter 'i."

R.A. Dickey Signed Baseball Pricing:

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 R.A. Dickey Signed Jerseys and Photographs

Authentic examples of R.A. Dickey autographed jerseys and photographs are in short supply. Extreme caution should be used when shopping for such items.

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RA Dickey Signed Official Major League Baseball JSA
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RA DICKEY NY METS CY YOUNG WINNER SIGNED STEINER MLBALL COMES WITH MLB HOLOGRAM
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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