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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Ray Allen all-time greats #'ed 1 10 (first one)
$9.99
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(LOT OF 18) 2012-13 PANINI SIGNATURES STARS JAMES HARDEN, CHRIS PAUL, RAY ALLEN
$149.99
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1996 FLAIR SHOWCASE CLASS OF '96 #2 RAY ALLEN RC PSA 10 K1872722-300
$17.99
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2009-10 SP Game Used - KEVIN GARNETT Arenas RAY ALLEN - Triple Jersey #d 34 35
$14.99
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Ray Allen 33 Card Lot All Different Miami Heat Seattle SuperSonics Boston
$5.99
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2002-03 Fleer Platinum Nameplates RA Ray Allen Patch 328 400
$14.99
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2003-04 Fleer Showcase Basketball's Best Memorabilia Gold Ray Allen Patch 21 50
$14.99
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2009-10 Donruss Elite Passing the Torch Gold 3 Larry Bird Ray Allen 36 100
$7.99
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1996-97 TSC Ray Allen Rookie Showcase Members Only BGS
$129.99
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1998 PRESS PASS AUTHENTICS #39 RAY ALLEN BUCKS POP 1 PSA 10 K1577383
$9.99
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36 Ray Allen Basketball Cards, ( 18 unique) Rookies
$33.33
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2013-14 PANINI CRUSADE RAY ALLEN ORANGE DIE CUT PRIZM REFRACTOR 99 MIAMI HEAT
$9.99
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Ray allen game used lot
$8.99
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2004-05 Fleer Ultra Platinum Medallion Ray Allen 006 100
$8.00
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RAY ALLEN 1996 97 SKYBOX PREMIUM EMERALD AUTOGRAPH
$50.00
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Glen Rice Topps Finest + Ray Allen Rookie Metal Fresh Foundation
$5.00
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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 FLAIR SHOWCASE CLASS OF '96 #2 RAY ALLEN RC PSA 10 K1872722-300
$17.99
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1996-97 TSC Ray Allen Rookie Showcase Members Only BGS
$129.99
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Glen Rice Topps Finest + Ray Allen Rookie Metal Fresh Foundation
$5.00
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1996-97 (BKB) Fleer Rookie Sensations #2 Ray Allen
$10.20
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1996 BOWMAN'S BEST ROOKIE #R5 RAY ALLEN RC PSA 9 K1848055-572
$5.99
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1996 FLAIR SHOWCASE ROW 2 #35 RAY ALLEN RC PSA 9 K1848004-585
$10.99
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1996-97 BOWMAN'S BEST #R5 RAY ALLEN ROOKIE RC - BUCKS, CELTICS, MIAMI HEAT
$8.95
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1996-97 Topps NBA at 50 Ray Allen Rookie RC Bucks #217
$10.00
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ZZ) 1996-97 Chrome #217 Ray Allen Rookie Bucs Star PSA 8 Future HOF
$19.99
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1996 Topps Finest Ray Allen #22 PSA 10 GEM MT Rookie Card RC Basketball card
$14.99
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96-97 finest bgs 9.5 ray allen RC rookie (9.5,9.5,9,9.5)
$20.00
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1996 Topps Chrome Ray Allen #217 Rookie Card RC PSA MINT 9
$21.99
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1996 topps stadium club 25 card rookie set Kobe-Nash-Ray Allen-Walker-Iverson
$9.99
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1996-97 SKYBOX E-X2000 #37 RAY ALLEN GRADED PRO 8.5 RC ROOKIE CARD
$9.50
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1996 Topps #217 Ray Allen G Bucks RC NM-MT
$5.00
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1996-97 ultra fresh faces #2 RAY ALLEN milwaukee bucks rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$15.00
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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 UCONN 1997 Genuine Article Preview Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83540994
$39.99
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Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Genuine Article Preview Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83540993
$39.99
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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
$39.99
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Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Score Board Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83538025
$39.99
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Ray Allen UCONN 1997 Score Board Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83538026
$39.99
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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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Ray Allen Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo JSA Certified J12607
$59.99
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Ray Allen Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Bucks PSA DNA #S76775
$89.00
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RAY ALLEN Signed Milwaukee Bucks 8x10 Basketball Photo-JSA Authenticated #I43409
$49.00
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RAY ALLEN SEATTLE SONICS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA G48255
$44.95
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RAY ALLEN MILWAUKEE BUCKS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA COA #V82325
$69.99
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Ray Allen AUTO Signed Celtics wingman Jersey (PSA)
$399.99
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Ray Allen Signed Auto Boston Celrics 8x10 Photo JSA COA
$74.95
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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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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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