Below is a complete look at all 5 of Roberto Luongo's true rookie cards from the 1997-98 hockey card season. In order to carry an official "RC" tag (true rookie), a card must be part of a product's base set as opposed to an insert or parallel set.
Luongo's RC's come from a simpler time, when the cards were over-printed, yet the amount of options were fewer than today. The Canucks star was also a rookie prior to the pack pulled rookie auto revolution truly took off, which is why he doesn't have a true rookie auto.
1997-98 Roberto Luongo RC Checklist (5 total):
Best of Roberto Luongo's Rookie Cards:
- Recommended RC: Zenith
- Hardest to find in Mint condition: Black Diamond
- Best RC parallels: Zenith Z-Gold ($250), Black Diamond quadruple diamond ($150)
- Interesting 1997-98 non-RC: 1997-98 Donruss Elite Back to the Future Autographs #7 M.Brodeur/R.Luongo
Trading Card Terminology:
- RC = Rookie Card
- "5 x 7" = Oversized card
- Parallel = A card that is an alternate version of a base card that is harder to find than the base version. However, these do not carry a true "RC" tag because they are not part of the base set.
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