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 ITG In The Game Jersey Auto Heroes And Prospects Tampa bay card
$71.00
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2012-13 Fleer Retro Flair Showcase Hot Shots #20 Steven Stamkos 2P22
$14.99
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2012-13 12-13 Prime Dominion Steven Stamkos Printing Plate 1 of 1 1 1
$100.00
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2011-12 SCORE - STEVEN STAMKOS SUDDEN DEATH ALL STAR PARALLEL 5!!!
$29.99
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Steven Stamkos Nail Yakupov 2013 14 Prime Duals 029 200 Thick Slab Jersey Card
$13.49
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2010-11 UD THE CUP Honorable Numbers Dual Steven Stamkos John Tavares Auto 73 91
$200.00
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2011-12 Panini PRIME Dual Combos PATCH STEVEN STAMKOS #5 25 RYAN MALONE
$19.79
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2010-11 PANINI PRIVATE SIGNING AUTOGRAPH - (STEVEN STAMKOS)
$49.99
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11-12 ITG Ultimate Idols Jersey Steve Yzerman & Steven Stamkos #20 24
$59.19
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10-11 2010-11 CERTIFIED STEVEN STAMKOS TOP CHOICE DRAFT 500 2 LIGHTNING
$11.99
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2011 12 SERIES 1 AUTO PATCH STEVEN STAMKOS 15 2 CLR
$79.99
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14-15 OPC BLACK RAINBOW # 317 STEVEN STAMKOS 091 100
$20.00
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Steven Stamkos 2010 11 ITG Heroes and Prospects Game Used Silver Jersey Patch
$22.00
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STEVEN STAMKOS 2010-11 UD ULTIMATE SIGNATURES AUTOGRAPH
$34.91
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2013-14 Panini Prizm Ice Blue #93 Steven Stamkos 1 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 1 of 1
$174.99
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2008-09 UD RC Steven Stamkos Young Guns Rookie Card #245 Graded BGS 9 w 9.5 x 2
$91.91
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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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2008-09 UD RC Steven Stamkos Young Guns Rookie Card #245 Graded BGS 9 w 9.5 x 2
$91.91
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08-09 UD Black Steven Stamkos Letterman Patch Auto "T" Signature Rookie RC # 99
$744.23
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★★(3) 2008-09 Collectors Choice Silver STEVEN STAMKOS RC Lot Mint Lightning
$52.97
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Lot of 4 Steven Stamkos RCs: Including Graded 10 RC
$48.00
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2008-09 UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS STEVEN STAMKOS BGS 9.5-9.5-9-10 ROOKIE
$195.00
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2008-09 OPC Premier STEVEN STAMKOS quad jersey rc auto 299 rookie 08-09 on card
$109.99
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2008-09 Upper Deck MVP Hockey Card #381 Steven Stamkos RC Tampa Bay Lightning
$15.00
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Steven Stamkos Rookie - Upper Deck Artifacts - SP x 999 - Mint!
$24.95
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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

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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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Tampa Bay Lightning Issued Steven Stamkos Signed Full Size Stick JSA LOA
$200.00
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Steven Stamkos Autographed Signed Tampa Bay Lightning 8x10 Photograph (JSA)
$54.95
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Steven Stamkos Autographed Signed Tampa Bay Lightning 8x10 Photograph (JSA)
$54.95
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Steven Stamkos Autographed Signed Tampa Bay Lightning 8x10 Photograph (JSA)
$54.95
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Steven Stamkos Autographed Signed Tampa Bay Lightning 8x10 Photograph (JSA)
$54.95
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Steven Stamkos Hand Signed 8x10 Photo Tampa Bay Lightning JSA Cert #K06052
$76.49
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Steven Stamkos Hand Signed 8x10 Photo Tampa Bay Lightning JSA #K06053 Autograph
$76.49
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Steven Stamkos Signed 11x14 Tampa Bay Lightings PSA DNA
$124.99
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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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