Steven Stamkos Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Steven Stamkos

Date of Birth: 2/7/1990
Rookie Card Year: 2008-09
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

Steven Stamkos cards are among the most popular in the hobby. The centre came into the NHL in 2008-09 with early comparisons to Wayne Gretzky. Expectations from the Tampa Bay Lightning and the league were high. The first pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, he performed decently in his first season but was unable to match the lofty expectations put before him. As a result, many collectors tried to cut their losses by quickly selling their Steven Stamkos cards before he was officially labeled as a bust and values plummeted. A dominant sophomore season put him back on the map as an elite young talent and collectors rushed to get Steven Stamkos cards and memorabilia once again.

Stamkos has asserted himself as a perennial Hart Trophy candidate as the league's MVP. The young centre became only the sixth player in history to notch two seasons with 50 or more goals before age 23.

Clearly, number one picks do not normally take anyone in the collecting world by surprise, but his relatively disappointing start helped mask the brilliance for at least one season. It also kept prices of Steven Stamkos cards and memorabilia in check. Even though the values of Steven Stamkos cards have picked up considerably, given his young age and potential, there is still plenty of room for growth. The one knock against him at this point is that the Tampa Bay area is not a traditionally strong market for hockey and this will limit his exposure.

Steven Stamkos has over 20 rookie cards that fall across all budgets. The top three cards are all numbered to 99.

Top Steven Stamkos Rookie Cards

2008-09 Upper Deck The Cup Steven Stamkos RC #150 Autographed Patch #/99

2008 09 The Cup Steven Stamkos Image

The holy grail of Steven Stamkos cards, his rookie from 2008-09 Upper Deck The Cup features an on-card autograph and a small, diamond-shaped patch piece. Be prepared to drop a couple of mortgage-sized payments for this rare gem.

2008-09 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Steven Stamkos RC #102 Autograph #/99

2008 09 Ultimate Collection Steven Stamkos Image

Another top option among that features an on-card autograph, 2008-09 Ultimate Collection represents a slightly cheaper alternative to The Cup. While it does not contain a jersey piece, the card is still limited to 99. For those reasons, this will always be among the top Steven Stamkos cards.

2008-09 Upper Deck Ice Steven Stamkos RC #184 #/99

2008 09 Upper Deck Ice Steven Stamkos2 Image

Despite not featuring patches or autographs, 2008-09 Upper Deck Ice has built a strong reputation among rookie collectors. The acetate card features a slashing background that matches the Lightnings' team colors and should remain a collector favorite based on the limited print run.

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Steven Stamkos 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier Auto 50
$60.00
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10 11 DOMINION STEVEN STAMKOS 25 199 (#88) BASE CARD - TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
$10.00
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STEVEN STAMKOS 07-08 ITG ULTIMATE EXPO JERSEY 1 1
$249.99
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2011 UPPER DECK #26 STEVEN STAMKOS LIGHTNING POP 2 PSA 10 H1548587
$15.99
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08-09 UD SPX Spxcitement Steven Stamkos GOLD Rookie 25 99 ** RARE ROOKIE ** RC
$65.00
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10-11 BGS 9 w 10 Auto 10 The Cup Dual Patch 3 Col John Tavares Steven Stamkos
$274.99
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08 09 Upper Deck Victory Gold Rookie #350 Steven Stamkos
$49.78
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11-12 Panini Dominion Pen Pals Dual Auto Black BRETT CONNOLLY STEVEN STAMKOS 1 1
$449.99
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10-11 LUXURY SUITE JERSEY PRIME JERSEY STEVEN STAMKOS 150
$14.99
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06 07 In The Game Heroes & Prospects #80 Steven Stamkos SARNIA STING
$10.78
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08-09 Upper Deck Steven Stamkos UD Rookie Materials Jersey Card #RM-SS
$19.95
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2013-14 UPPER DECK CLEARCUT LEADERS STEVEN STAMKOS ALEX OVECHKIN JOHN TAVARES 10
$99.95
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08-09 OPC PREMIER STICHINGS 1ST OVERALL PICK STEVEN STAMKOS(PS-SS) 94 99!!
$14.99
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Steven stamkos hockey card lot auto limited jersey rookie rare
$300.00
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(10) 2012 PANINI NATIONAL VIP GOLD REFRACTOR STEVEN STAMKOS 10 CARD LOT
$19.99
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STEVEN STAMKOS 2011-12 Elite Printing Plate 1 1 LIGHTNING
$24.99
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Rookie Cards

Steven Stamkos Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

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Mid-Range Rookie Cards

2008 09 Upper Deck Steven Stamkos Image

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08-09 UD SPX Spxcitement Steven Stamkos GOLD Rookie 25 99 ** RARE ROOKIE ** RC
$65.00
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08 09 Upper Deck Victory Gold Rookie #350 Steven Stamkos
$49.78
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08-09 Upper Deck Steven Stamkos UD Rookie Materials Jersey Card #RM-SS
$19.95
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$300.00
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★★2008-09 Upper Deck Champ's STEVEN STAMKOS RC Rookie Lightning
$27.23
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★★2008-09 Upper Deck Victory Gold STEVEN STAMKOS RC Rookie Lightning
$27.24
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2008-09 UPPER DECK SPX STEVEN STAMKOS UD RC SPXCITEMENT ROOKIE SP 999 LIGHTNING
$24.99
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2008 09 Upper Deck Black Diamond #209 Steven Stamkos RC
$32.99
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Autograph Guide

Steven Stamkos Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Steven Stamkos' 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. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories to name a few. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Steven Stamkos Cut Signature Exemplar

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Steven Stankos Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Steven Stamkos signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for, at least some of, the following signature features:

  1. The complex nature of his signature makes it hard to replicate.
  2. Very few letters if any are legible.
  3. Providing an analysis is largely impossible by letter definition, instead look for some of the following shapes.
  4. At the start you can see a heart sharp on about a 45 degree angle, this sits atop a character that looks like the classic arcade game Pac-Man.
  5. Moving to the end of the signature, you can make out a "k" with the angled lines on the right curling in slightly to "grab" the letter "o" which is discernible.

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Steven Stamkos Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Steven Stamkos Signed & Framed Breaking Through 16x24 Picture UDA 76015
$467.49
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Steven Stamkos Signed Hockey Puck Team Canada PSA DNA
$99.99
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2009 UD Upper Deck Victory Steven Stamkos Signed Card PSA DNA Slabbed
$79.99
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Steven Stamkos Lightning Signed Auto 11x14 PHOTO PSA DNA
$99.99
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Steven Stamkos Signed Tampa Bay Lightings 8x10 PSA DNA Autographed #2
$89.99
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Steven Stamkos Signed Tampa Bay Lightings 8x10 PSA DNA Autographed #3
$89.99
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Steven Stamkos Signed Tampa Bay Lightings 8x10 PSA DNA Autographed #4
$89.99
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Steven Stamkos Hand Signed 8x10 Photo JSA Tampa Bay Lightning NHL
$76.49
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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