Ron Francis Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Ron Francis

Date of Birth: 3/1/1963
Rookie Card Year: 1982-83
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

Ron Francis is one of the most overlooked modern hockey players in the hobby. He spent 23 years playing in the NHL before taking off the skates and entering the coaching ranks. He is a member of the elite 500 Goal Club with 549 career goals. The multiple-time All-Star may be best remembered for his contributions to the Pittsburgh Penguins' back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in the early 1990s. Although he was a fan favorite, Ron Francis cards and autographed memorabilia can be found cheaper than one might expect from a player of his caliber.

Francis' rookie card is from the 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set. He has two minor league cards from his playing days with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Ron Francis also has two additional first year cards. One was issued by Post Cereal and the other as part of a Hartford Whalers team-issued set. However, neither are considered to be rookie cards because they're oddball issues.

His first certified autograph cards can be found in 1995-96 Be a Player. He has a regular and die-cut parallel version in the set.

Francis' first memorabilia cards were issued in 2000-01 Be A Player Ultimate Memorabilia. He has a total of five different game-used jersey cards in the set. One of the rarest is the autographed version that is serial numbered to just 6 total copies. He is paired on the card with Mario Lemieux.

Ron Francis' autographed memorabilia is collected by a wide range of hockey fans. Some of his more plentiful items are those associated with the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victories in 1990-91 and 1991-92.

Ron Francis Rookie Card

1982-83 O-Pee-Chee Ron Francis RC #123

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The now defunct Hartford Whalers franchise still has some nostalgic fans. Ron Francis is arguably the team's all-time greatest rookie. This card captures a moment in time that most people may have forgotten but immortalizes this Hall of Famer. O-Pee-Chee was the only official mainstream trading card set in 1982-83 and fans and collectors can be thankful they included Francis on the checklist.

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1984 O-PEE-CHEE #70 RON FRANCIS WHALERS HOF POP 6 PSA 10 H1642138-494
$28.99
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BAP ALL STAR 1998 RON FRANCIS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS RARE SILVER MILESTONES #M12
$5.95
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TOPPS STADIUM CLUB 2002 RON FRANCIS NHL CAROLINA HURRICANES RARE BEAM TEAM #BT11
$5.95
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2002-03 SPX CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS RON FRANCIS , CAROLINA 0855 1701 BOX 52
$6.99
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Ron Francis 2013-14 Panini Signatures Autographed Card *P808
$19.95
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11-12 Panini Dominion Autographed Patches Ron Francis 35 60
$69.99
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11-12 Panini Dominion Autographed Patches Ron Francis 51 60
$69.99
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13 14 PANINI PRIME COLORS RON FRANCIS GAME USED PATCH 3 COLOR #'D 50 64
$89.99
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1985-86 OPC Box-Bottom "F", Whalers' Ron Francis, NrMt
$19.50
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1988-89 Panini Hartford Whalers Team Set of 16, Mike Liut, Ron Francis...
$9.50
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Ron Francis rc rookie 1982-83 opc o-pee-chee #123 hockey card graded 8 GMA
$24.99
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2013-14 National Treasures Ron Francis Patch Jersey #04 10 Hurricanes
$29.99
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1982-83 OPC #123 RON FRANCIS ROOKIE HARTFORD WHALERS O-PEE-CHEE
$11.99
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11-12 THE CUP ARTIST PROOF BLACK 1 1 Ron Francis Penguins
$10.00
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11-12 THE CUP ARTIST PROOF DUAL AUTO SHIELDS 1 1 Ron Francis Maple Leafs
$5.00
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National Treasures Gold 15 Auto Ron Francis Eric Staal Cam Ward Keith Primeau
$30.00
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Autograph Guide

Ron Francis Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ron Francis' 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 companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Ron Francis Cut Signature Exemplar:

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Ron Francis Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ron Francis signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item, or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

Ron Francis Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is very individually stylized with no discernible letters.
  2. It is written in a manner that the entire signature is equal in height from start to finish and written on a 45-degree angle.
  3. The signature consists of three letters: "R-F-S."

Ron Francis Signed Puck Pricing:

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Ron Francis Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Ron Francis Signed Stick Pricing:

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Ron Francis Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1984 Topps Card #54 PSA DNA #83476401
$29.00
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Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1984 O-Pee-Chee Card #70 PSA DNA #83476418
$29.00
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Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1984 Topps Card #54 PSA DNA #83476402
$29.00
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Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1984 O-Pee-Chee Card #70 PSA DNA #83476349
$29.00
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Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1985 Topps Card #140 PSA DNA #83466530
$29.00
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Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1985 Topps Card #140 PSA DNA #83466605
$29.00
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Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1985 Topps Card #140 PSA DNA #83466604
$29.00
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Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1985 Topps Card #140 PSA DNA #83466603
$29.00
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Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1987 O-Pee-Chee Card #187 PSA DNA #83463221
$29.00
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Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1987 Topps Card #187 PSA DNA #83463199
$29.00
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Jaromir Jagr & Ron Francis signed autograph 1991 Pro Set Hockey Card PSA Slabbed
$135.00
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RON FRANCIS SIGNED PSA DNA 1991 SCORE CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$34.00
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WHALERS RON FRANCIS AUTHENTIC SIGNED & MATTED MAGAZINE PAGE POSTER PSA #W83800
$44.99
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SIGNED OFFICIAL GAME PUCK HARTFORD WHALERS RON FRANCIS PSA DNA 500 GOALS
$98.99
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RON FRANCIS SIGNED PSA DNA CERT 1992 TOPPS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$35.00
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RON FRANCIS SIGNED PSA DNA CERT 1990 SCORE AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$34.00
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