Ricky Watters Football Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Ricky Watters

Date of Birth: 4/7/1969
Rookie Card Year: 1991
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

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

1991 Action Packed Rookie Update Ricky Watters RC #44

1991 Action Packed Ricky Watters RC 212x300 Image

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.

1991 Bowman Ricky Watters RC #489

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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.

1991 Pro Set Ricky Watters RC #774

1991 Pro Set Ricky Watters RC 214x300 Image

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.

1991 Score Ricky Watters RC #575

1991 Score Ricky Watters RC 214x300 Image

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.

1991 Stadium Club Ricky Watters RC #60

1991 Stadium Club Ricky Watters RC 213x300 Image

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.

1991 Ultra Ricky Watters RC #297

1991 Ultra Ricky Watters RC 217x300 Image

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.

1991 Upper Deck Ricky Watters RC #9

1991 Upper Deck Ricky Watters RC 212x300 Image

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.

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1991 ULTRA #297 RICKY WATTERS ROOKIE CARD GRADED 10
$10.00
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1998 BOWMAN CHROME INTERSTATE REF. #91 RICKY WATTERS POP 1 PSA 10 F1373216
$13.99
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1996-97 #21 Ricky Watters Topps Finest Refractor Jumbo 4" x 5 5 8" Pro Bowl
$9.99
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1991 UPPER DECK FOOTBALL LOT OF 11 CARDS ALL #9 RICKY WATTERS ROOKIE UNPICKED
$6.99
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Brett Favre, Herman Moore, Ricky Watters and Yancy Thigpen 3 1 2" x 5" Playoff
$5.00
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2001 Prism Atomic Ricky Watters Patch Seahawks 8-19
$24.99
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1991 Wild Card Draft 5 Stripe #56 Ricky Watters BCCG NM 9
$5.75
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1993 STADIUM CLUB MASTER PHOTO LOT SEALED RICKY WATTERS #6 CORTEZ KENNEDY #4 +
$12.88
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2001 Quantum Leaf Football All-Millennium Materials Ricky Watters # 045 100
$6.99
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2002 Donruss Classics Past and Present #PP10 Ricky Watters Jsy 400
$10.92
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2002 Private Stock Game Worn Jerseys Logos #113 Ricky Watters 64 Jsy PATCH
$10.92
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Ricky Watters 2013 UD Notre Dame Football NCAA All-Americans Autograph 22 25
$99.99
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Ricky Watters 2001 Pacific Titanium Post Season Puma Logo Jersey Patch Seahawks
$22.99
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Ricky Watters 1997 Pinnacle Certified Mirror Red
$5.00
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1997 Collector's Edge #10 Ricky Watters Terry Kirby Playoff Game Ball!
$6.99
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1993 Fleer #207 Ricky Watters San Francisco 49ers - Single
$5.49
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Autograph Guide

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.

Ricky Watters Cut Signature Exemplar:

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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:

  1. He has a very consistent signature that consists of just a few characters.
  2. The "R" resembles for of a letter "D" with a large swooping tail.
  3. He always draws a star shape.
  4. He always includes his jersey number "32."
  5. A second, large letter looks more like a numeral "8" with a large bottom loop and much smaller top one.
  6. Separating the two, right under the star shape, is a character that looks like a number "7."

Ricky Watters Signed Football Pricing:

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Ricky Watters Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Ricky Watters Signed Photograph Pricing:

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RICKY WATTERS AUTO HAND SIGNED NOTRE DAME FULL SIZE FOOTBALL 88 NATL CHAMPS PSA
$79.99
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Ricky Watters Hot! signed SF 49ers Notre Dame Irish 8x10 photo PSA DNA cert
$60.00
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RICKY WATTERS SIGNED 49ERS FULL SIZE HELMET JSA WITNESSED COA NOTRE DAME
$129.99
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RICKY WATTERS signed starting lineup jsa witness seahawks eagles 49ers slu auto
$95.00
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RICKY WATTERS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WHITE JERSEY JSA
$89.99
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RICKY WATTERS san francisco 49ers signed PSA DNA 11X14 sports illustrated
$119.96
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RICKY WATTERS autographed signed 49ers white Jersey JSA Witness #w594523
$129.00
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RICKY WATTERS autographed signed Philadelphia Eagles green Jersey JSA #w594540
$129.00
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RICKY WATTERS autographed signed Notre Dame blue Jersey JSA #w594579
$129.00
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RICKY WATTERS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MINI HELMET WILL PASS JSA PSA
$79.99
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RICKY WATTERS SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MINI HELMET PASS JSA PSA
$99.99
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RICKY WATTERS NOTRE DAME IRISH AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MINI HELMET WILL PASS JSA PSA
$99.99
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RICKY WATTERS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 5X PROBOWL,SB XXIX CHAMP JSA COA SIGNED JERSEY
$225.00
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RICKY WATTERS NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH,88 NATIONAL CHAMPS JSA COA SIGNED JERSEY
$225.00
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Ricky Watters Framed Jersey Signed JSA COA Autographed Notre Dame Fighting Irish
$499.95
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Ricky Watters Notre Dame Signed Autographed Mini Helmet PSA JSA PASS
$75.00
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  1. Have a bunch of his stuff. He is a GREAT GUY!!

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