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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LOT OF 100 CARDS OF RAY ALLEN
$12.95
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Ray Allen 35 card lot all different (lot 2)
$7.99
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Ray Allen 35 card lot all different (lot 3)
$7.99
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1999 Skybox Autographics Ray Allen Auto 99 RARE ON CARD Autograph Bucks Heat
$84.99
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Ray Allen Signature 1996-97 Skybox Emerald Premium MINT PSA 9 RC Autograph
$26.88
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Lot of (10)1996 Scoreboard Draft Day Basketball Sealed Sets Iverson Ray Allen ++
$11.99
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RAY ALLEN 1996 BOWMAN'S BEST ROOKIE RC BGS BCCG GRADED 10 MINT+
$7.99
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Ray Allen, Jason Terry, Shareef Abour-Rahim Graded Cards & Shaquille O'neal
$10.00
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Lot of (3) 1996 Scoreboard Draft Day Basketball Sealed Sets Iverson Ray Allen ++
$6.39
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1996-97 Ray Allen Rookie Lot RC Ultra UD Metal Fleer Bowman's Best UD3 (9) Cards
$14.99
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2012 13 TOTALLY CERTIFIED BLUE RAY ALLEN PATCH SP # 25
$7.50
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2012-13 Marquee Rookie Rivals Leather Insert Kobe Bryant Ray Allen #5
$8.00
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RAY ALLEN 1996 BOWMAN'S BEST ROOKIE RC GEM MINT BGS 9.5 FUTURE HALL OF FAMER
$12.99
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1996-97 FINEST RAY ALLEN FINEST APPRENTICES ROOKIE #22 RC MINTED! Now on Miami!!
$9.99
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1996-97 Fleer Basketball Cyber Metal 5 Diff Insert Cards Ray Allen Marbury Rahim
$10.00
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PSA 10 2009 Topps Chrome Refractor Ray Allen (Celtics Heat) #7 --- Pop. 4
$19.95
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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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Ray Allen Signature 1996-97 Skybox Emerald Premium MINT PSA 9 RC Autograph
$26.88
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RAY ALLEN 1996 BOWMAN'S BEST ROOKIE RC BGS BCCG GRADED 10 MINT+
$7.99
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2012-13 Marquee Rookie Rivals Leather Insert Kobe Bryant Ray Allen #5
$8.00
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RAY ALLEN 1996 BOWMAN'S BEST ROOKIE RC GEM MINT BGS 9.5 FUTURE HALL OF FAMER
$12.99
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1996-97 FINEST RAY ALLEN FINEST APPRENTICES ROOKIE #22 RC MINTED! Now on Miami!!
$9.99
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PSA 10 1996 Bowman's Best Basketball Ray Allen (Bucks Heat) Rookie Card #R5
$24.95
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1996-97 FLAIR SHOWCASE #35 RAY ALLEN "ROW 1" ROOKIE RC, BUCKS, HEAT, PSA 8 (064)
$12.95
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1996-97 Topps Chrome Ray Allen RC
$30.00
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1996 97 96 Bowman's Best PICKS RAY ALLEN ATOMIC REFRACTOR RC HEAT BUCKS K6129
$19.99
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Ray Allen Rookie Card HOF Star! 1996 Score Board UCONN, Celtics, Miami Heat
$10.00
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1996 Fleer Metal #186 Ray Allen RC Rookie Bucks PSA 10 GEM MINT
$19.70
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RAY ALLEN 1996 FLEER ULTRA GOLD PARALLEL RC ROOKIE CARD!
$22.00
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1996 Collector's Edge Rookie Rage #2 Ray Allen WCG Gem-Mt 10 Graded
$5.00
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1997 SKYBOX PREMIUM #201 RAY ALLEN RC MINT *529290
$5.00
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1996 UPPER DECK #69 RAY ALLEN RC MINT *529282
$5.00
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1996 FLEER ULTRA #60 RAY ALLEN RC MINT *529283
$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
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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 Photograph Pricing:

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RAY ALLEN Signed Milwaukee Bucks 8x10 Basketball Photo-JSA Authenticated #I43409
$49.00
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Ray Allen Bucks Heat 1999 Fleer Ultra # 300 PSA 8 Auto Signed
$99.99
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RAY ALLEN MILWAUKEE BUCKS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA COA #V82325
$69.99
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Ray Allen 2009-10 Absolute Memorabilia Signed Auto BGS PSA
$179.00
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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 SIGNED RAWLINGS OML BASEBALL MIAMI HEAT JSA
$124.99
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Ray Allen Signed Boston Celtics FINALS 11x14 Photo PSA DNA
$224.99
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RAY ALLEN SONICS HAND SIGNED CARD PSA DNA AUTO 2006 TOPPS CLUTCH STARS #CCS20
$49.99
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BUCKS RAY ALLEN SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U52367
$89.99
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Ray Allen Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Bucks PSA DNA #S25770
$49.00
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BUCKS RAY ALLEN AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1997 SCORE BOARD AUTO PSA DNA SLABBED
$49.99
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★ Custom Framed JSA COA Ray Allen "NBA Champion" Signed Autographed Picture ★
$199.99
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Ray Allen Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Bucks PSA DNA #S76775
$89.00
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Ray Allen Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Bucks PSA DNA #S76774
$89.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a life-long sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as college basketball and 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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