Top 10 Tiger Woods Cards
While he may never repair the damage to his reputation, Tiger Woods appears to be returning to his dominant ways and collectors are eager to welcome him back. Stuck on 14 Majors since 2008, the next step in his ascension back to the top would be for him to add that total. If and when that happens, expect a boom reminiscent of his early-2000 values, when he was unstoppable on the course. Tiger Woods cards have always enjoyed strong demand and values will begin to push as he continues to win.
Despite there being quite a few certified Tiger Woods autographed card options, they still maintain strong values based on generally low print runs, supply-control by Upper Deck and limited yearly golf products. Counting down from ten to one, the following cards represent the best overall options among Tiger Woods cards. While any of Tiger Wood's certified autograph cards would be a great addition to any collection, several have emerged as fan favorites. Additionally, the handful of cards that are generally viewed as the first golf cards for Woods continue to be popular.
Top Tiger Woods Cards
This is a boring-looking card. Maybe it would work better as a poster. Having said that, it remains popular despite being part of a box set and not coming from an established brand. There is also a gold foil parallel, which is more hotly pursed by collectors.
The only "official" Tiger Woods base rookie, this card is a great low-to-mid value option. While there are several Tiger Woods cards in the 2001 Upper Deck Golf base set, this is the one you want. Young, excited and passionate, this card typifies all the positive attributes of Tiger that made him a star.
When you think about it, it is pretty ridiculous how valuable these cards became. They were originally found in perforated sheets which were located inside the December 1996 Sports Illustrated for Kids magazines. Tiger Woods shares the page with eight other athletes, including Martina Hingis, Doug Flutie, Jerry Stackhouse and Lisa Leslie. Given the intended consumer, it comes as no surprise that the design is clearly childish and looks cheap. Although there are many reasons why it should be nothing more than a novelty, this is a great example of what makes collecting special. Even when it goes against all conventional wisdom, collectors inevitably decide which cards are valuable.
2012 SP Game Used made big waves with their Inked Drivers Autograph set. The unique idea applied a metal slab that was designed to look like the face of a driver head. This metal surface became the canvas for the autographs. In most products, Tiger Woods is among the longest odds for autographs. However, Tiger Woods was part of a 23-player group that fell 1:5 packs, on average. There are also a few rare parallels, including Black (#/10) and Red & White (#/5).
SP Authentic Sign of the Times is a popular autograph option that features multiple cards for Tiger Woods. The card print runs range from #/274 to #/4. Six cards out of the seven-card set showcase a high-profile win, and one card honors the "Tiger Slam."
One of the newest Tiger Woods autographs, this un-numbered Sports Royalty Autograph card receives considerable interest based on its rarity and appealing design. Clearly borrowing from 1933 Sport Kings, this on-card autograph from Tiger Woods is part of Group A, with odds of 1:7,473 packs. Group A also includes Michael Jordan, Nolan Ryan, LeBron James and Jerry Rice.
Another autograph from his inaugural Upper Deck inclusion, Player's Ink features a horizontal layout, with a green and white color scheme. Additionally, the card design incorporates a scorecard, further evoking the golf mindset. There is also a gold parallel (#/25).
On the surface, this might seem bizarre because golf and basketball have nothing in common. However, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan make for one formidable pairing. Combining Jordan's well-known love of golf, with both Jordan and Woods' dominance at their respective sports, and it begins to make sense. Add to that their shared Nike and Upper Deck backgrounds, and the two seem well-suited to share space on a card together. Pairing the signatures of two of the most influential and dominant athletes in modern sports, this is one amazing card.
Many products fall flat because they are merely the rehashing of the same basic formula. Upper Deck took the right combination of old and new, and hit a home run with 2013 Upper Deck Tiger Woods Master Collection. The product is absolutely loaded with low-numbered autographs that have regularly been selling for huge amounts. Five of the best options are shown below. However, if you had to narrow it down, the Tiger Woods Exquisite rookie patch is the clear winner. Playing off the iconic 2003-04 Exquisite Basketball design, this is the biggest draw from a product filled with autographs from the golfing great.
The other "official" rookie card for Tiger Woods, a plentiful supply and roller-coaster values have lead to this being one of the most bought and sold Tiger Woods autographs. With a print run of 900, there are many out there, but values remain strong. The simple and modern design utilizes an on-card autograph to make for one of the top Tiger Woods cards. A gold parallel (#/100) offers collectors more rarity.