Ray Allen Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Ray Allen

Date of Birth: 7/20/1975
Rookie Card Year: 1996-97
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Ray Allen is an elite shooter who made a career out of putting the ball in the basket. His clutch shooting and association with strong fanbases like the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, have made Ray Allen cards a popular option for collectors.

Ray Allen attended the University of Connecticut and was drafted fifth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1996 NBA Draft. After seven seasons in Milwaukee, Allen was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in 2003 in a deal that included Gary Payton. Four seasons later in 2007, Ray Allen was traded again. He joined Paul Pierce and newly-acquired Kevin Garnett, to form a formidable Boston Celtics team. They went on to win the NBA Championship that season and made several deep playoff runs in subsequent seasons.  As a free agent in 2012, Allen left the Celtics to join the reigning NBA Champions, the Miami Heat.

A ten-time All-Star and 2000 Olympic gold medalist, Ray Allen holds many NBA records, including the most career 3-pointers made. Ray Allen is also one of the most effective free throw shooters in league history, with an average of 89.4% for his career. In non-basketball news, Ray Allen gained some notoriety for appearing opposite Denzel Washington in the 1998 Spike Lee film, He Got Game.

Because of the stacked 1996 rookie class that includes Allen Iverson, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant, 1996-97 products are hotly pursued. However, most of the 16 Ray Allen rookie cards remain fairly cheap. The big chase comes from the various parallels and tougher inserts.

Collectors looking for certified autographed Ray Allen cards have plenty of of options from his entire playing career.

Top Ray Allen Rookie Cards

1996-97 Topps Chrome Ray Allen RC #217

While most people breaking 1996-97 Topps Chrome Basketball are likely looking for a Kobe Bryant rookie card, Ray Allen makes a great consolation prize. This card is the unquestioned top Ray Allen rookie card option. The Refractor parallel is also very popular.

1996 97 Topps Chrome 217 Ray Allen RC 216x300 Image

1996-97 Skybox Premium Autographics Ray Allen #1 Autograph

Not a true rookie, this might be the most popular Ray Allen card from all 1996-97 products. Autographics were a huge insert when they were first released and have become even more in-demand over the years. The cards do have some trouble with counterfeits, so do your research before buying. Authentic cards feature an embossed stamp.

1996 97 Skybox Premium Autographics Ray Allen 1 210x300 Image

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NBA Ray Allen 1996-97 Metal Fleer Skybox Trading Card #186
$11.25
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2008 09 Upper Deck SPx Radiance #2 Ray Allen 25
$16.95
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1996 Ray Allen Topps Chrome #217 Rookie PSA 9
$39.99
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Ray Allen 1996 Score Board Basketball card #5 WCG 10
$8.95
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Ray Allen 1996-97 Press Pass Net Burners Diecut Promo Card UCONN FREE SHIP
$6.00
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04-05 TRILOGY AUTO FOCUS RAY ALLEN AUTOGRAPH SIGNED BUCKS SONICS HEAT LEBRON
$39.99
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97-98 SCOREBOARD 1 1 2 PLATES RAY ALLEN PRINTING PLATE HEAT LEBRON 1of1
$39.99
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1998 99 Upper Deck Game Jerseys #GJ5 Ray Allen
$64.95
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(24) RAY ALLEN 2012-13 SP AUTHENTIC BASKETBALL LOT #14 - HEAT
$29.99
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1997 98 Stadium Club 9 miami heat RAY ALLEN bucks First 1st Day Issue card
$9.00
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RAY ALLEN 96-97 FLEER METAL ROOKIE SENSATIONS RC HEAT
$19.99
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Pack Fresh Ray Allen RC Lot Fleer Metal, Cyber-Metal, Ultra Gold Medallion
$15.00
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RAY ALLEN Heat Sonics 2004 05 Topps Chrome #43 Gold Refractor 99 SP
$29.99
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(8954) 1997 FINEST #232 RAY ALLEN*REFRACTOR* POP 1 1! PSA MINT 9!
$31.77
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2004 05 Skybox 22 miami heat RAY ALLEN sonics Limited Edition 50 card
$6.90
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2001-02 Upper Deck Hardcourt UD Game Floor Film #RA-F Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks
$7.50
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Rookie Cards

Ray Allen Rookie Card Checklist

Premium Rookie Cards

1996 97 Topps Chrome 217 Ray Allen RC 216x300 Image

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1996 Ray Allen Topps Chrome #217 Rookie PSA 9
$39.99
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1996-97 Upper Deck Cards NBA Rookie Exclusives Uncut Sheet (Iverson Ray Allen)
$21.95
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RAY ALLEN 96-97 FLEER METAL ROOKIE SENSATIONS RC HEAT
$19.99
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RAY ALLEN BGS 8.5 NM MT+ 1996-97 Finest RC Rookie
$9.89
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1996 Score Board Basketball Rookies GEM 10 Ray Allen RC #5 Miami Heat Champion !
$9.99
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1996-97 Bowman's Best Refractors #R5 Ray Allen Rookie Card Milwaukee Bucks
$19.99
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1996-97 FINEST RAY ALLEN FINEST APPRENTICES ROOKIE #22 RC MINTED! Now on Miami!!
$9.99
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RAY ALLEN 96-97 FLEER METAL RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$15.00
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1996-97 RAY ALLEN TOPPS *SILVER 50TH ANNV* ROOKIE RC BOSTON CELTICS MIAMI HEAT
$15.00
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RAY ALLEN 1996-97 TOPPS CHROME RC #217 MIAMI HEAT HALL OF FAME
$15.00
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Ray Allen 1996-97 Topps Chrome Base Rookie Card RC #217 - BUCKS CELTICS HEAT
$31.99
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1996-97 Skybox Premium Ray Allen "Rookie Prevue" #R2 $9.00
$5.00
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1996 Flair Showcase Ray Allen Row 0 Rookie Graded BGS 9 MINT Miami Heat Champion
$11.64
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1996 Flair Showcase Ray Allen Class of Ninety Six 96 RC Graded BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$16.01
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1996 Flair Showcase Ray Allen Row 0 Rookie Graded BGS 8 Miami Heat Champion
$10.77
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1996-97 E-X2000 Ray Allen Rookie Graded BGS 8.5 EX2000
$8.97
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Autograph Guide

Ray Allen Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ray Allen'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. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories to name a few. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Ray Allen Cut Signature Exemplar
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Ray Allen Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ray Allen signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. The whole signature is indecipherable as far as specific letters, instead look for character traits.
  2. The signature is fluid and rushed with only minor pauses.
  3. The first character can be best described as looking like a number "3" with an oval shape connecting the top loop.
  4. The bottom of the "3" has a small curlycue.
  5. The second character resembles a "0" in a smashed oval shape.
  6. An extending line is underlined for emphasis.

Ray Allen Signed Basketball Pricing:

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Ray Allen Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Ray Allen Signed Photograph Pricing:

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RAY ALLEN AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MIAMI HEAT JERSEY GLOBAL GAI COA NBA AUTO
$100.00
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RAY ALLEN SIGNED CARD 1996 SP ROOKIE #136 AUTO GRADED GEM MINT 10! PSA SLABBED
$124.99
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RAY ALLEN SIGNED CARD 1996 FLAIR RC #35 AUTO GRADED GEM MINT 10! PSA DNA SLABBED
$139.99
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RAY ALLEN SIGNED CARD 1996 BOWMAN BEST RC #R5 AUTO GRADED GEM 10! PSA SLABBED
$124.99
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RAY ALLEN Autographed Signed Basketball Miami Heat Boston Celtics PSA DNA COA
$64.95
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RAY ALLEN SIGNED RAWLINGS OML BASEBALL MIAMI HEAT JSA
$106.24
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Ray Allen Signed Boston Celtics FINALS 11x14 Photo PSA DNA
$224.99
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RAY ALLEN SIGNED BOSTON CELTICS NBA TEAM APPAREL NBA JERSEY JSA#K67522
$350.00
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Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Genuine Article Preview Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83540994
$49.99
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Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Genuine Article Preview Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83540993
$49.99
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Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Scoreboard Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83539759
$49.99
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Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Scoreboard Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83539764
$49.99
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Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Score Board Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83538025
$49.98
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Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Score Board Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83538026
$49.98
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RAY ALLEN SIGNED JSA COA 8X10 EARLY CAREER PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPHED SUPERSONICS
$69.99
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Ray Allen Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Bucks PSA DNA #S25770
$49.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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