Rookie Card Year: 1996-97
Investment Rating: 6.5
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, notably 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 for his rookie cards comes from the various parallels. Collectors looking for certified autographed Ray Allen cards have plenty of of options from his entire playing career.
Top Ray Allen Rookie Cards
While most people breaking 1996-97 Topps Chrome Basketball are likely looking for a Kobe Bryant rookie card, Ray Allen would be a great consolation prize. This card is the unquestioned top Ray Allen rookie card option. The Refractor parallel is also very popular.
Not a true rookie, this might be the most overall popular Ray Allen card from the 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.
2003-04 Fleer Mystique RAY ALLEN #68 Gold 150
Ray Allen Auto 53 75
RAY ALLEN 2002-13 TOPPS CHROME BLACK REFRACTOR #1 50 FIRST ONE STAMPED
2005-06 TOPPS STYLE CHROME 9 CARD LOT RAY ALLEN ELTON BRAND ANDRE IGUODALA
Ray Allen Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
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Premium Rookie Cards
PSA 10 1996 UD3 Basketball Ray Allen (Bucks Heat) Rookie Card #5
1996-97 FLEER ULTRA RC RAY ALLEN #60 GEM MINT 10!
1996 Score Board Ray Allen Rookie $100 phone Card MINT
RAY ALLEN 1996-97 FLEER ULTRA ALL ROOKIE #2 ROOKIE
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.
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