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.

Ray Allen Cards - 1996-97 Topps Chrome RC

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.

Ray Allen Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Top eBay Listings

1997 Bowman's Best #MI7 Sean Elliott Steve Smith Ray Allen Shandon Anderson 2u3
$5.25

2003-04 Upper Deck Finite Gold #174 Ray Allen 100 Seattle Supersonics Card 0d4
$10.00

2003 Fleer Avant Stars & Stripes 1SS Ray Allen 204 Team USA (Olympics) Card 0d4
$7.75

2005 SP Game Used Edition Blue Spectrum 89 Ray Allen 50 Seattle Supersonics 0d4
$10.00

2012-13 Panini Marquee Rookie Rivals Leather #5 Kobe Bryant Ray Allen Card 0c6
$9.25

1996-97 Fleer Ultra All Rookie #2 Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Card 0q4
$5.20

NBA Ray Allen Score Board Rookie Card 1996 Card FGS 9 Mint
$5.99

2008-09 Ultimate Collection #2 Ray Allen 499 Boston Celtics Basketball Card 0q0
$5.99

2009-10 Upper Deck First Edition Gold #8 Ray Allen Boston Celtics Card 0c4
$50.00

2001-02 Fleer Premium Performers Jerseys RAAL Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks Card 0a3
$5.95

2012-13 Elite Back to the Future Materials #6 Ray Allen Boston Celtics Card 2q2
$9.00

2009-10 Timeless Treasures Materials Prime Memorabilia 36 Ray Allen 10 Card 1m0
$30.00

2009-10 Upper Deck Dual Game Materials #DG-AD Glen Davis Ray Allen Card 0v1
$6.24

2012-13 Fleer Retro 1997-98 Z-Force Rave Super #Z-21 Ray Allen 50 Card 5z5
$14.24

1999-00 Topps Finest Dunk Masters #DM10 Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks Card 0k0
$8.24

1998-99 Bowman's Best Refractor 40 Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Card 5u8
$6.49
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Rookie Cards

Ray Allen Rookie Card Checklist

Premium Rookie Cards

Top eBay Listings

2012-13 Panini Marquee Rookie Rivals Leather #5 Kobe Bryant Ray Allen Card 0c6
$9.25

1996-97 Fleer Ultra All Rookie #2 Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Card 0q4
$5.20

NBA Ray Allen Score Board Rookie Card 1996 Card FGS 9 Mint
$5.99

2005-06 UPPER DECK ROOKIE DEBUT GOLD RAY ALLEN 50
$50.00

2006-07 UPPER DECK ROOKIE DEBUT RAY ALLEN 150
$20.00

1996-97 BOWMAN BEST PICKS ATOMIC DIE CUT REFRACTOR RAY ALLEN RC ROOKIE
$60.00

1996-97 BOWMAN BEST REFRACTOR RAY ALLEN ROOKIE RC
$60.00

2006-07 UPPER DECK ROOKIE DEBUT PLATINUM RAY ALLEN 20 50 rare !!!
$50.00

2005-06 UPPER DECK ROOKIE DEBUT SILVER RAY ALLEN 100
$30.00

RAY ALLEN ROOKIE 1 1 Milwaukee BUCKS Printing Plate 1996-97 Score Board 1 of 1
$37.95

1996-97 FINEST SILVER #252 RAY ALLEN GRADED PSG GEM MINT 10.0 CARD RC
$5.00

1996 RAY ALLEN ROOKIE CARD 1 OF 750 TOPPS STADIUM CLUB MEMBERS ONLY PARALLEL 795
$30.00

1996-97 Fleer Rookie Sensations #2 Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Card 0s0
$12.00

1996 TOPPS CHROME YOUTHQUAKE #YQ9 RAY ALLEN RC PSA 9!!!
$25.00

1996 SCORE BOARD ROOKIES DIE CUTS #DC5 RAY ALLEN RC CARD LOTx9 $90 BV 1:50
$24.99

1996-97 Fleer Ray Allen Rookie Lucky 13
$5.00
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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

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

Ray Allen Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Ray Allen Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Kevin Garnett Paul Pierce Ray Allen Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Display JSA
$279.99

RAY ALLEN MILWAUKEE BUCKS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA H29604
$69.99

1994-95 UCONN HUSKIES WOMENS MENS RAY ALLEN SIGNED BASKETBALL 1 1? JSA LOA
$2,499.99

Bucks Ray Allen Authentic Signed Card 1997 Score Board Auto PSA DNA Slabbed
$49.99

Ray Allen Signed Card 1996 Bowman Best Rc #R5 Auto Graded Gem 10! PSA Slabbed
$124.99

Bucks Ray Allen Authentic Signed Card 1998 Topps #5 PSA DNA Slabbed
$59.99

Ray Allen Signed Card 1996 Sp Rookie #136 Auto Graded Gem Mint 10! PSA Slabbed
$124.99

Ray Allen Signed 8x10 in person. JSA CERTIFIED
$50.00

Ray Allen Signed Boston Celtics FINALS 11x14 Photo PSA DNA
$224.99

Ray Allen Spalding Indoor Outdoor Signed Basketball Jsa
$534.20

Jim Otto Marcus Allen Fred Biletnikoff Ray Guy Tim Brown + Signed FS Helmet JSA
$649.99

Ray Guy Marcus Allen Fred Biletnikoff Howie Long +More Signed Auto FS Helmet JSA
$699.99

Ray Allen Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Milwaukee Bucks PSA DNA #S76775
$69.00

Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Scoreboard Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83539759
$39.99

Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Scoreboard Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83539764
$39.99

RAY ALLEN Signed Milwaukee Bucks 8x10 Basketball Photo-JSA Authenticated #I43409
$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. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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