Rookie Card Year: 1997
Investment Rating: 6.5
Roy Halladay was one of baseball's most dominant pitchers for most of the new millennium's first decade. During this stretch, Roy Halladay cards and memorabilia became popular, especially once he went to Philadelphia.
Starting his career in Toronto, he quietly earned a reputation for being a workhorse on the mound. His achievements went largely unnoticed, though, as the Blue Jays aren't the same draw as they were a couple of decades ago.
After years of being the ace in Toronto, "Doc" Halladay was sent to the Phillies in a blockbuster off-season deal in December, 2009. The switch to the National League didn't hurt the pitcher. He went 21-10 with an NL-leading nine complete games and four shutouts on his way to his second Cy Young Award. Halladay also won in 2003 with the Blue Jays.
In May, 2010, Halladay tossed a perfect game against the Marlins. He followed it up with a no-hitter in his first postseason start versus Cincinnati in the opening game of the 2010 National League Division Series.
Injuries took their toll on the pitcher and Halladay retired following the 2013 season.
It took Roy Halladay cards and memorabilia a while to get the recognition they deserve, but the pitcher did finally emerge as one of the hobby's elite. At least when it comes to pitchers.
Roy Halladay has just three rookie cards, all from 1997 Bowman-brand products. Halladay's most popular base card is easily his 1997 Bowman Chrome Baseball rookie card. High-end and autograph collectors will want to consider his 1997 Bowman Baseball autographs, which come in three color variations (blue, black and gold). Halladay also has a 1995 Signature Rookies Tetrad Baseball autograph. However, the card, which is numbered to 5,000 copies, is a minor league issue.
Considering Halladay's credentials, he doesn't have a ton of autographed cards on the market. As a result, they carry more value than similar-caliber players. Other popular pieces of Halladay memorabilia include signed baseballs and jerseys. Philadelphia-related may have more mainstream appeal, but the pitcher was also viewed as a hero in Canada, creating a captive market for Halladay's Toronto collectibles.
As far as future values go, it could go either way. Some see Halladay as a Hall of Fame candidate. If he is elected, expect a spike in interest. However, his career numbers don't stack up as strongly as a lot of other players so he's not guaranteed a spot in Cooperstown.
Roy Halladay Rookie Cards
Halladay's cheapest rookie card is also the toughest one to keep in mint condition due to its black borders and soft card stock. Shot from the point of view of a batter, the card depicts the pitcher ready to deliver to home plate. The lone parallel is the foil International card.
A chromium take on his regular Bowman card, this is an essential piece of Halladay collection. It's also available in several parallels: Refractors, International and International Refractors.
Somewhat overlooked because of the popularity of 1997 Bowman Chrome, Halladay's 1997 Bowman's Best rookie is another chromium card. The full-body shot is very similar to the photo used on his Bowman card, just a little further along in the motion. The baseball card is paralleled by both a Refractor and an Atomic Refractor.
Roy Halladay Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Roy Halladay'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. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: Steiner Sports, PSA, JSA, and Mounted Memories.
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Roy Halladay Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Roy Halladay signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Despite his signature having a tendency to vary depending upon the venue, the type of item or when it was signed, look for at least some of the following signature features:
- The signature is typically seen written on an upward angle of about 25-30 degrees.
- The letter "R" is pronounced with the hump coming more to a point than roundedthe capping line of the hump does not touch the first vertical line.
- The letter "o" is implied and the "y" is discernible by the triangular shaped loop on the bottom.
- The letter "H" consists of three lines with the two vertical lines differing with the first resembling a "7" a loop is used to connect the lines and forms to the left of the first line.
- Several letters in the last name are non-existent with only an "l" and the "y" being discernible.
- The "l" is a simple up down stroke with no loop and the bottom loop of the "y" differs from the first, this time resembling more of a backwards "D."
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