Tracy McGrady Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Tracy McGrady

Date of Birth: 5/24/1979
Rookie Card Year: 1997-98
Investment Rating: 5.5


Overview

Tracy McGrady was a prolific scorer during his prime and one of the main faces of the NBA for several years. Although his teams did not see much playoff success, he was widely considered to be one of the biggest NBA stars during the 2000s. Unfortunately, injuries and his diminishing abilities ability kept him from superstardom. It also did not help that his prime years were spent between three teams. With his official retirement from the NBA, Tracy McGrady cards are once again seeing interest from collectors.

Just like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett in previous years, Tracy McGrady declared for the NBA Draft straight out of high school. McGrady was named the USA Today High School Player of the Year in 1997 and he was virtually a lock to be lottery pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. The Toronto Raptors ultimately selected McGrady with the ninth pick. Fellow All-Stars, Tim Duncan and Chauncey Billups, were also part of the same draft class as McGrady.

Tracy McGrady got off to a slow start in Toronto, mainly playing in a reserve role during his first two seasons. The Raptors would draft his cousin, Vince Carter, during the 1998 NBA Draft. Season three saw McGrady take his game to the next level and he was a starter almost half the year. Things kept building for the Raptors, as Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter lead the team to the playoffs. Following his third year, McGrady decided to explore free agency. He soon signed with the Orland Magic.

Orlando was T-Mac's coming out party. While he had built a reputation as good player in Toronto, he was a star in Orlando. He was named an All-Star in all four seasons in Orlando and was the scoring champion in his last two seasons there. Despite his individual success, the team did not materialize as expected. After one particularly bad season for the team, Orlando won the draft lottery to receive the first overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. They shipped McGrady to the Houston Rockets as part of a seven-player deal, which included Steve Francis going to Orlando. The Magic would select Dwight Howard with their first pick.

Houston was the peak of Tracy McGrady's fame. He joined Yao Ming in Houston to form a strong pairing, however, playoff success still eluded him. After a few strong seasons, the injury bug caught up with McGrady and he would never be the same. He was traded to the New York Knicks in 2010, and then did one-year stints in Detroit and Atlanta. McGrady would spend the 2012-13 season with the Qingdao Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association, and then joined the San Antonio Spurs during the end of the 2012-13 NBA season. This would be his last NBA season.

Tracy McGrady will be remembered most for his dazzling dunks and scoring prowess. Although he ultimately failed to reach the heights that were expected, the seven-time All-Star was no slouch. At this point, the investment potential is not great for McGrady. If and when he joins Hall of Fame, his cards and memorabilia should see a good bump in value.

McGrady has 18 rookie cards that fall mostly in the low and mid-range values. Parallels are quite popular since the base cards are fairly common. Two Tracy McGrady cards are singled out based on value and popularity.

Top Tracy McGrady Basketball Rookie Cards

1997-98 Topps Chrome Tracy McGrady RC #125

The 1997-98 Topps Chrome Tracy McGrady card is not especially impressive. However, the strong brand recognition and general lack of high-level options make it the clear favorite for collectors. Refractor parallels add further options for Tracy McGrady collectors.

1997 98 Topps Chrome Tracy McGrady RC 125 214x300 Image

1997-98 Finest Tracy McGrady RC #107

The clear image of McGrady in his Finest rookie card shows just how young he was as a rookie. There certainly is a lot going on with this card, but collectors generally know what to expect from Finest, and this is nothing out of the ordinary.

1997 98 Finest Tracy McGrady RC 107 214x300 Image

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2002-03 Topps Chrome Black Refractors Tracy McGrady #d 50 99
$25.00
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Tracy McGrady 2002-03 Fleer Court Collection Game Used Shorts
$7.25
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Tracy McGrady 2002-03 Fleer Genuine 2 Color Game Used Jersey
$8.25
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Tracy McGrady 2002-03 Fleer Basketball's Best Game Used Shorts
$7.25
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2004-05 TOPPS FINEST TRACY McGRADY #52 59 RED X-FRACTOR ROCKETS JERSEY #110
$20.00
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1997 TRACY MCGRADY SP AUTHENTIC RC BGS 8.5 OLD LABEL BGS 9 RE-GRADE
$15.00
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2002-03 FLEER NBA HOOPS STARS TRACY McGRADY STAR GAZING MAGIC JERSEY #4 50
$15.00
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2003-04 Fleer Avant Tracy McGrady Magic Jersey #27 75
$13.50
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TRACY MCGRADY 2003 04 E-X BUZZER BEATERS AUTOGRAPH AUTO 200
$24.00
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2005-2006 Topps All Star Rally Tracy McGrady Game-Worn Shooting Shirt 14 79!
$6.99
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1997-98 TOPPS CHROME BASKETBALL TRACY McGRADY ROOKIE CARD LOT OF 3
$9.99
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Yao Ming Tracy McGrady 2004-05 Skybox Fresh Ink TEAMMATE TANDEMS 199
$5.99
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13-14 Panini Signatures Tracy McGrady 1 1 base card Rockets
$37.05
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2003-03 FLEER GENUINE LEADERS JERSEY, TRACY McGRADY , MAGIC !! BOX 46
$9.99
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2002-03 Stadium Club All-Star Coverage Relics #AS-TM Tracy McGrady 577 700
$9.00
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TRACY McGRADY 36 Card 19 Insert 9 ROOKIE 9 Base Set Lot NBA RAPTORS MAGIC HAWKS
$8.99
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Rookie Cards

Tracy McGrady Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

1997 98 Hoops Tracy McGrady 169 214x300 Image

Premium Rookie Cards

1997 98 Topps Chrome Tracy McGrady RC 125 214x300 Image

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1997 TRACY MCGRADY SP AUTHENTIC RC BGS 8.5 OLD LABEL BGS 9 RE-GRADE
$15.00
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1997-98 TOPPS CHROME BASKETBALL TRACY McGRADY ROOKIE CARD LOT OF 3
$9.99
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TRACY McGRADY 36 Card 19 Insert 9 ROOKIE 9 Base Set Lot NBA RAPTORS MAGIC HAWKS
$8.99
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1997-98 Ultra Fleer Gold Medallion Tracy McGrady Rookie Card BCCG 10
$29.99
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Tracy McGrady,1997-98 Flair Showcase Row 2 SP, Rookie!!! BGS 9.5 !!!
$14.99
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1997-98 SKYBOX E-X 2001 TRACY McGRADY #79 ROOKIE RC
$7.00
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1997 TRACY MCGRADY RC LOT OF 9 *22108
$5.00
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1997-98 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE RC TRACY McGRADY #125 SWEET!
$14.75
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1997 Topps Chrome BGS 9.5 Tracy McGrady RC w subs
$9.99
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TRACY MCGRADY 1997 PRESS PASS DOUBLE-THREAT RC AUTOGRAPH AUTO
$24.00
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1997-98 Upper Deck Rookie To the Net 2N Tracy McGrady - Raptors #167
$14.99
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ALL TRACY MCGRADY RC 1998 STRONGBOX JUMBO # 750 + SP + FINEST + EX CENTURY + SPX
$20.92
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TRACY MCGRADY ROOKIE CARD. 1997-98 STADIUM CLUB. GRADE 10. RAPTORS. ROCKETS.
$5.50
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TRACY MCGRADY BGS 9.5 2 CARD LOT 1997-98 SKYBOX PREMIUM & 1997-98 FLEER BOTH RC
$24.99
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1997-98 Topps Chrome Destiny Tracy McGrady RC Ref
$12.99
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1997-98 Topps Chrome Tracy McGrady RC ATLANTA HAWKS
$11.99
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Autograph Guide

Tracy McGrady Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

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

Tracy McGrady Cut Signature Exemplar

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Tracy McGrady Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tracy McGrady signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, regardless of the item signed or when it was signed. Look for the following signature features:

  1. Signed on a light upward angle of about 30 degrees and hastily written
  2. The letter "T"is written in manner that it includes an extensive dual crossing line at the top coming back across more than half of the signature and to the right
  3. A horizontal line on a 30-35 degree angle midway through the vertical line of the letter "T" connects with the easily legible letter "M"
  4. A closed "c" resembling more of a letter "o" follows as the pen lifts
  5. A letter "g" is visible with an open loop and long curling tail that falls well below the rest of the signtature

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MAGIC TRACY MCGRADY SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U52366
$79.99
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TRACY McGRADY SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA TRADING CARD
$99.99
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TRACY McGRADY SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA TRADING CARD
$99.99
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TRACY McGRADY SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA TRADING CARD
$99.99
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TRACY McGRADY SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA TRADING CARD
$99.99
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RAPTORS TRACY MCGRADY SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U70601
$99.99
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TRACY MCGRADY SIGNED 16X20 JUMBO PHOTO ORLANDO MAGIC PSA
$69.99
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Tracy McGrady Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Raptors PSA DNA #S43859
$49.00
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Tracy McGrady Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Raptors PSA DNA #S41872
$49.00
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Tracy McGrady Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Raptors PSA DNA #S41870
$49.00
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Tracy McGrady Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Raptors PSA DNA #S76785
$79.00
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Tracy McGrady Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Raptors PSA DNA #S76786
$79.00
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Tracy McGrady Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Magic PSA DNA #T14413
$89.00
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Tracy McGrady Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Raptors PSA DNA #T14447
$89.00
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Tracy McGrady Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Raptors PSA DNA #S76700
$89.00
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TRACY MCGRADY AUTOGRAPH SIGNED 16x20 NBA ALLSTAR PHOTO MAGIC COA JSA
$49.99
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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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