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

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

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

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.

Top eBay Listings

Steven Stamkos #247 - 2008-09 SP Authentic - Auto Future Watch Limited - 093 100
$607.81

03 10 SPGU Hockey MN-SS Steven Stamkos Marks Of A Nation 50 Canada Auto
$24.50

2008-09 UD STEVEN STAMKOS #245 Young Guns RC! BGS 9.5 GEM MINT!! SICK!!
$65.99

13-14 Upper Deck Steven Stamkos Shining Stars Rainbow Parallel
$29.69

Steven Stamkos 2011-12 Dominon 2 Color Patch 25 Lightning
$29.99

STEVEN STAMKOS 2011 12 BLACK DIAMOND QUAD RUBY 100 LIGHTNING
$35.15

Steven Stamkos 2008-09 Upper Deck Series One 1 Young Guns rc rookie #245
$90.00

15-16 UPPER DECK MVP Steven Stamkos SUPER SCRIPT 25
$19.99

10-11 Certified Junior Legacy Dual Jersey Steven Stamkos Daniel Carcillo 15 250
$10.99

10-11 Limited Game Worn Jersey Steven Stamkos 010 199 Tampa Bay Lightning
$10.99

13-14 SPX 2010-11 BUYBACK AUTO STEVEN STAMKOS WITH COA 2 25
$85.00

2008-09 UD YOUNG GUNS STEVEN STAMKOS CLECKLIST ROOKIE CARD BGS 9.5 RC #250 CL
$16.99

2009-10 BLACK DIAMOND HORIZONTAL STEVEN STAMKOS DIE CUT
$10.00

STEVEN STAMKOS 2011 ITG CANADA VS.THE WORLD COMPLETE 4C JERSEY NUMBER EMBLEM
$249.99

2011 12 Upper Deck Artifacts Jerseys Patch Emerald #91 Steven Stamkos 65
$16.95

2011 12 Artifacts Horizontal Jerseys Patches Emerald #91 Steven Stamkos 35
$18.95
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Rookie Cards

Steven Stamkos Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

Mid-Range Rookie Cards

Top eBay Listings

2008-09 UD STEVEN STAMKOS #245 Young Guns RC! BGS 9.5 GEM MINT!! SICK!!
$65.99

Steven Stamkos 2008-09 Upper Deck Series One 1 Young Guns rc rookie #245
$90.00

2008-09 UD YOUNG GUNS STEVEN STAMKOS CLECKLIST ROOKIE CARD BGS 9.5 RC #250 CL
$16.99

08-09 O-Pee-Chee OPC Steven Stamkos Metal Marquee Rookies RC # 795
$14.95

RC Steven STAMKOS #C274 mini Rookie LIGHTNING Star 08-09 Upper Deck CHAMPS
$28.08

2008 09 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion #251 Steven Stamkos RC
$32.95

Steven Stamkos Ud Rookie Materials Rc
$24.99

2008-09 Upper Deck MVP - STEVEN STAMKOS #381 Rc
$13.95
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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


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 Photo

Top eBay Listings

Steven Stamkos Hand Signed 8x10 Photo Tampa Bay Lightning JSA #K06051 NHL
$74.99

Steven Stamkos Hand Signed 8x10 Photo JSA Tampa Bay Lightning NHL
$74.99

STEVEN STAMKOS SIGNED JERSEY WITH COA PSA DNA
$249.99

STEVEN STAMKOS SIGNED 2007 HEROES AND PROSPECTS CARD #85 PSA DNA 83687119
$99.99

STEVEN STAMKOS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING SIGNED CUT FULL AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 83687091
$99.99

STEVEN STAMKOS SARNIA STING SIGNED 2007 POCKET SCHEDULE PSA DNA 83687091
$99.99

Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning Signed Puck GAI #664317
$39.00

STEVEN STAMKOS SIGNED TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING MINI HELMET JSA COA K42503
$171.96
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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. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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