Rookie Card Year: 2003
Investment Rating: 6.5
It is hard to imagine a more frustrating football player to collect than Tony Romo. His career has been marked by peaks, valleys and considerable expectations. But Romo continues to show enough glimpses of greatness to keep demand for his cards high.
A strong quarterback out of Eastern Illinois, Tony Romo put up great numbers in college but was largely overlooked because of the Division I-AA competition. Despite entering the 2003 NFL Draft with some interest, Romo went undrafted and signed with the Dallas Cowboys. He spent most of the his early years on the bench, but finally got a chance in 2006. Since then, Tony Romo has been largely a Pro Bowl-calibur quarterback with a reputation for unraveling in the biggest moments.
Playing for "America's Team" immediately bumps the collecting popularity of Tony Romo cards and memorabilia as the Cowboys have such a devoted and far-reaching fan base. The strong following also leads to increased scrutiny, as Romo has certainly experienced. At this point, the big thing missing from Romo's resume is postseason success. This keeps him from joining the ranks of other elite quarterback collecting options. Romo's peak period is already here and if he cannot lead the team deep into the playoffs now, his window will close quickly.
Because he signed as an undrafted rookie with the Cowboys, Tony Romo has less rookie cards than other players from the 2003 rookie class. There are still quite a few options for collectors and two clear standouts that are highlighted below.
Top Tony Romo Rookie Cards
Although the SP Authentic autograph card has a higher print run than the Playoff Contenders card, the on-card signature makes this the king of Tony Romo cards -- rookie and otherwise. The modern profile has an understated layout and does not detract from the signature.
Playoff Contenders rookie autographs always have a strong following among rookie chasers. Combine that with a low print run and this is one of the most solid Tony Romo cards that a collector can invest in. The hologram sticker is a little overwhelming, though.
Tony Romo Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 2003 Fleer Focus #135 #/699
- 2003 Leaf Limited #123 #/750
- 2003 Leaf Rookies and Stars #205 #/750
- 2003 Playoff Honors #107
- 2003 SP Game Used Edition #180 #/600
- 2003 SP Signature #106 #/750
- 2003 Sweet Spot #143 #/675
- 2003 Ultimate Collection #58 #/750
- 2003 Upper Deck #256
- 2003 Upper Deck Finite #233 #/999
Premium Rookie Cards
(2 of 2) 2003 Bowman Tony Romo RC #171 NM-Mint
Tony Romo 2003 Fleer Ultra Rookie Card #182
2003 Tony Romo Ultra Gold Medallion rookie gem mint 10 #182
2003 Tony Romo Upper Deck Star SP rookie gem mint 10 #256
Tony Romo Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Tony Romo'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: PSA, JSA, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Russell Wilson also has his own authentication hologram stickers. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Tony Romo Signature Exemplar
Tony Romo Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tony Romo signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the item being signed or the time period in which it was signed, look for the following signature features:
Tony Romo Signature Characteristics
- The entire signature s written on a slight upward angle.
- The letters "t" and "R" are over-sized.
- The letter "T" consists of two intersecting lines, the vertical line is written on a left leaning angle, the horizontal crossing line is drawn at about50 degrees and contains a curl at the right side.
- The pen lifts and a small "o-n-y" are legible.
- The letter "R" is distinct and legible, the pen lifts and an "o" is visible while the remaining letters are implied.
- The numeral "9" is almost always present.
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