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

1982-83 O-Pee-Chee Ron Francis RC

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.

Top eBay Listings

2013-14 The Cup Hockey Enshrinements Ron Francis Arturs Irbe Dual AUTO 22 25
$50.00

1983-84 (HKY) O-Pee-Chee #138 Ron Francis
$6.00

1982-83 O-Pee-Chee #123 Ron Francis Auto PSA DNA Mint 9
$200.00

Gordie Howe Ron Francis Sean Burke 2014 Game Used Sticks Stickwork Card
$70.00

1982-83 Renaissance Keychain Hartford Whalers Team Set, Ron Francis, Greg Millen
$6.50

2011-12 The Cup Dual Enshrinements Ron Francis and Paul Coffey 24 25 MINT BEAUTY
$29.99

2013-14 RON FRANCIS Pittsburgh Penguins!! Emerald 3 5!!
$55.00

Ron Francis 2012-13 Limited #196 Silver #17 49
$7.00

2012-13 THE CUP FOUNDATIONS RON FRANCIS QUAD JERSEY #'D 10 25 1 OF 1 1 1 HIS #
$54.99

2014-15 UD BLACK LUSTROUS MATERIALS JERSEY - RON FRANCIS
$14.00

2013 14 Upper Deck Artifacts Jerseys Ron Francis 125
$16.95

2011 12 Upper Deck Clear Cut Honoured Members Ron Francis 100
$22.95

2011 12 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Marquee Legends #L8 Ron Francis
$5.95

2001-02 TITANIUM FRANCIS IRBE PACIFIC DOUBLE SIDED JERSEY #61 HURRICANES
$6.49

2013-14 SPx Winning Combos #WCNF Markus Naslund Ron Francis C
$10.00

2013-14 Panini National Treasures Ron Francis Buried Treasure #d 50
$15.00
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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:

Ron Francis Signature Example

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."

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Ron Francis Signed Puck

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Ron Francis Signed Jersey

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Ron Francis Signed Stick

Ron Francis Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Ron Francis Signed Photo

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Ron Francis Signed 1982-83 OPC Rookie Card Whalers PSA Slabbed #83704373
$93.74

Ron Francis Signed 1982-83 OPC Rookie Card Whalers PSA Slabbed #83704374
$59.99

Ron Francis Signed 1987-88 Topps Card Whalers PSA Slabbed #83704375
$29.99

Ron Francis Signed 1990-91 Upper Deck Whalers Card PSA Slabbed #83427038
$29.99

RON FRANCIS Signed Game Used Franklin Hockey Stick Penguins HOF + 8x10 Photo GAI
$349.95

Ron Francis Signed 1998-99 Upper Deck Hurricanes Card PSA Slabbed #83427039
$29.99

RON FRANCIS SIGNED PSA DNA CERT 1992 TOPPS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$35.00

RON FRANCIS SIGNED PSA DNA CERT 1990 SCORE AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$34.00

RON FRANCIS SIGNED 1982 O-PEE-CHEE HARTFORD WHALERS ROOKIE CARD PSA DNA Auto RC
$299.99

RON FRANCIS (Carolina Hurricanes) signed 1998 Upper Deck MVP PSA DNA card
$29.95

RON FRANCIS HARTFORD WHALERS SIGNED CCM VINTAGE JERSEY PSA DNA COA W97530
$599.99

RON FRANCIS HARTFORD WHALERS SIGNED CCM VINTAGE JERSEY PSA DNA COA W97531
$599.99

RON FRANCIS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 1992 CUP SIGNED CCM VINTAGE JERSEY PSA DNA COA
$599.99

RON FRANCIS signed Carolina HURRICANES Official GAME Puck w PSA COA
$79.95

RON FRANCIS signed Pittsburgh PENGUINS Official GAME Puck w PSA COA
$79.95

Ron Francis Autographed Signed 1987 O-Pee-Chee Minis Card #10 PSA DNA #83453896
$25.00
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More Info

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