Top Cristiano Ronaldo Cards for Collectors to Chase
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most recognizable global athletes and has been an elite player for two huge franchises, Manchester United and Real Madrid. He also suits up for Portugal in international play. The superstar player is most celebrated for his goal scoring, but is also a well-rounded player with a full arsenal of abilities. Even with limited options, Cristiano Ronaldo cards and autographs are among the most pursued soccer cards in the world.
Despite his immense popularity, there are not a ton of Cristiano Ronaldo cards available to collectors. Starting with his time on the pitch for Sporting CP, various cards have been produced for the dynamic forward. This card production was ramped up during the period that Cristiano played for United, and several Upper Deck cards are available, including a few signed options. Since then, a variety of brands have released Cristiano Ronaldo cards, with noteworthy offerings from Topps Match Attax, Panini, Adrenalyn XL, Futera, Sportkings and Topps Premier Gold.
Although certified Cristiano Ronaldo autographs remain rare, more have emerged in the last few years and are his most valuable cards. Also, collectors can look to 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup for additional autographs from Cristiano, as well as other stars from the world of football. That does not mean there are not some good options now. The following list includes the best CR7 cards for collectors to chase. Most are in short supply, but they are not impossible to track down.
Top Cristiano Ronaldo Cards
Cristiano Ronaldo's first card comes from his days at Sporting Clube de Portugal. The card features an action image of a very young Cristiano and the value has been steadily increasing. Most collectors consider this to be the true Cristiano Ronaldo rookie card.
Cristiano Ronaldo came onto the world stage when he joined Manchester United and his first cards with ManU came from Upper Deck. Three different base cards document his inagural season with the famed club. The various base parallels have proven to be quite valuable.
Also found in the Upper Deck Manchester United product, the very first certified autograph for Cristiano Ronaldo was a ManUscripts sticker autograph. The base red card is only numbered to 39 and a black parallel features a different image and is numbered to 25.
The following year, SP Authentic produced a Manchester United product. One of the biggest highlights was a Cristiano Ronaldo Sign of the Times sticker autograph, numbered to 173. The horizontal layout offers a unique look, but most of the autographs from both sets have not held up well over time.
2013 Sportkings included five different Cristiano Ronaldo autographs, each numbered to just 15. The generic look is not ideal, but they remain his only on-card autographs. Even more rare, gold parallels are numbered to five.
Part of the 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold product that covered the EPL, Cristiano Ronaldo is the top autograph option despite leaving the EPL in 2009. Although the base version is not numbered, values remain strong and numbered parallels command even more.
Panini Prizm World Cup might have the most popular Cristiano Ronaldo autograph to date. Although no print runs were released, it appears that this card is less available than most of the other signers from the set and values have been pushing higher.
Incredibly rare, ten of these dual signature cards exist, plus ten more Prizm parallels, for a total of just 20 cards. The pairing combines the greatest of all-time in Pelé, with one of the best current players in Cristiano Ronaldo. Other than some of the main 1/1 cards, this might be the biggest hit in the entire Prizm World Cup product, and one of the most impressive dual-signed cards in all of soccer collecting.