Rookie Card Year: 1991
Investment Rating: 6.0
Ricky Watters was a highly-touted collegiate player heading into the 1991 NFL Draft, and was selected with the 45th overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers. Despite an overall impressive career, Ricky Watters cards are very inexpensive.
Watters was a member of Notre Dame's last NCAA football championship team. As a result, he has a loyal following of fans and collectors from the collegiate ranks. Watters retired after nine seasons in the NFL. During that period, Watters rushed for 10,643 yards and tallied another 4,248 yards receiving. His dual-purpose offensive attack resulted in 78 touchdowns.
Ricky Watters has a total of seven rookie cards and they were all issued in 1991 sets. All but two of them picture Watters in his collegiate uniform. The cards from Action Packed and Pro Set depict him as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, he has three pre-rookie cards that were issued while he was playing for Notre Dame.
Watters has surprisingly few autograph and memorabilia cards. His first autograph card is from 1991 Star Pics. However, one of his most popular certified autograph cards is from 1999 SP Signatures. A Gold parallel of the card also exists. Neither autograph is serial numbered and the exact print runs have never been disclosed.
His first memorabilia cards are part of the 1996 Collector's Edge Advantage set. He has two cards containing pieces of game-used footballs. Again, the cards are not serial numbered and the exact print runs are unknown.
Ricky Watters' autographed memorabilia is relatively affordable. Often times his collegiate pieces are more expansive than ones from his pro career. Anything associated with the Fighting Irish's 1988 Championship normally carries a premium.
Ricky Watters Rookie Card Checklist
This card features a unique design, including gold foil accents that are embossed and rounded corners. It stands out from the the rest of Watters' rookie cards as a result. It is also just one of two that showcases him in his pro uniform.
Watters' Bowman card was produced in slightly less quantities than some of his other rookie cards. It features a classic Bowman design that was very popular with collectors.
This is Watters' other rookie card featuring him in his pro uniform. The Pro Set brand was produced in such quantities that this card can be purchased for less than a dollar.
This is one of Watters most popular rookie cards. Score was coming off a couple of very good years with some impressive rookie cards. Collectors were hoping this one would catch fire in the way Barry Sanders' and Emmitt Smith's rookie cards did in their respective Score sets.
Stadium Club was designed as a premium product. Its thicker card stock and high gloss finish made this a very popular card with collectors upon its release.
Ultra was Fleer's answer to their competitor's high-end products. However, it was not as well received by collectors. As a result, this card of Watters wasn't nearly as popular as some of his other rookie cards.
At the time of its release, collectors were still fascinated by the cards produced by Upper Deck and the "Star Rookie" moniker was well on its way to becoming a staple in their products. This is, arguably, the most popular rookie card for Ricky Watters.
Ricky Watters Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Ricky Watters autograph 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. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
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Ricky Watters Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ricky Watters signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- He has a very consistent signature that consists of just a few characters.
- The "R" resembles for of a letter "D" with a large swooping tail.
- He always draws a star shape.
- He always includes his jersey number "32."
- A second, large letter looks more like a numeral "8" with a large bottom loop and much smaller top one.
- Separating the two, right under the star shape, is a character that looks like a number "7."
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