Rookie Card Year: 1988-89
Investment Rating: 7.0
Reggie Miller cards and memorabilia lurk in the shadows compared to some of his generation's peers like Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. But now that he's in the Hall of Fame, it might not be a bad idea to check them out. They likely won't make huge gains, but he's one of the game's greatest competitors.
When it comes to clutch players, few have a better reputation for coming up big than Miller. A product of the UCLA Bruins, the three-point specialist spent his entire 17-year professional playing career with the Indiana Pacers. When he retired from the NBA in 2005, he was the league's all-time leader for three-point field goals (Ray Allen has since passed him).
Although the five-time All-Star failed to bring an NBA Championship to Indiana, he did help make the team extremely competitive. The Pacers reached the 2000 NBA Finals, but lost to Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Miller's rivalry with filmmaker Spike Lee, a long-time Knicks fan, became a thing of legend. Miller's dominance over the Knicks during the 1995 playoffs became a thing of legend thanks, in part, to Lee's taunts. It even became the subject of an ESPN documentary. Miller also published an autobiography, I Love Being the Enemy, in 1999.
Reggie Miller cards are somewhat overlooked in the hobby. He has just one rookie card, which is found in 1988-89 Fleer Basketball. The card is very reasonably priced, especially when you consider he's one of the best players of his generation. While the soft price for the card does offer a potential for growth, a better bet is Reggie Miller autographs.
He has relatively few certified autograph cards. Most that show up go for at least $100. Reggie Miller signed memorabilia is extremely rare and commands a premium. Now that he's a Hall of Famer, many collectors will be looking to add his signature to their collections. If the rise in demand isn't met with more supply, collectors can expect to pay even higher prices for Reggie Miller autographs in the years to come. Because Miller's autographs are so tough, collectors should be especially diligent to make sure any items they consider come with legitimate authenticity.
Reggie Miller Rookie Cards
Reggie Miller has just one rookie card. It's an ugly one too. But for those that collect Reggie Miller cards, there's no other option. Ugly borders, horribly dated fonts and a drab photo all work against the Hall of Famer, at least in the appearance department. However, with no other choice to be found, there's also no competition. Ungraded copies are very cheap, often going for well under $20. This can go about to a few hundred for top-grade copies from PSA and BGS.
1988 Fleer #57 Reggie Miller RC NM+ E619450
1988 Fleer #57 Reggie Miller RC NM+ E619451
1988 Fleer #57 Reggie Miller RC NM E619445
1988 Fleer #57 Reggie Miller RC NM E619446
Reggie Miller Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Reggie Miller'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.
Reggie Miller Cut Signature Exemplar
Reggie Miller Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Reggie Miller 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:
- The entire signature is written on a relatively horizontal plane in cursive.
- The letter "R" is defined by its Oval shaped, but open loop and the small line indicating where the pen starts.
- the "letter" is is clearly legible as are the two "g"'s that resemble figure eights.
- The letter "i" is implied and the ending "e" is visible.
- He often inscribes his signature with his jersey number "#31."
Reggie Miller Signed Memorabilia
Collectors looking to purchase authentic autograph memorabilia of Reggie Miller are encouraged to be extremely cautious. Despite being a fan favorite during the 1990's due to his noteworthy play and demonstrative demeanor, Reggie Miller has very few, trustworthy autographed items in the marketplace.