Rookie Card Year: 1986
Investment Rating: 5.0 (Average)
Andre Reed cards and autographed memorabilia should see a small uptick in interest now that he was been elected to the Hall of Fame. Reed played nearly his entire 16-year career with the Buffalo Bills. He suffered through the team's highs and lows, just like their fans, which endeared himself to the team's fans. Reed was favorite target of another Hall of Famer, Jim Kelly. When he retired, Reed ranked in the top 15 all-time for receptions.
While Andre Reed has just one rookie card, 1986 Topps Football, he does have a few other regional issues from his freshman year as well. Player and team collectors will want to track down the McDonald's Tab cards. Available in four colors (gold, green, blue and black), these food issues can make for a tough chase. Additionally, Andre Reed also appears in the 1986 Topps Football Stickers set. He is #168.
Andre Reed autographed memorabilia has traditionally been very affordable and that shouldn't change. If anything, the temporary increase in demand related to his Hall of Fame induction, will create extra supply, ensuring that values stabilize long term. The old-school, bright red, Buffalo Bills helmet is a favorite piece to get signed as the contrast of both Sharpie and paint pens makes for an attractive piece.
Andre Reed Rookie Card
With its instantly recognizable design, the nostalgia of the mid-1980's is immediately on display. Featuring an in-game photograph from the previous season, the crazy color scheme is distracting but a collector favorite nonetheless. The green borders are prone to corner and edge wear making mint condition copies definitely worth having graded.
With a stated print run of 500 non-serial numbered copies, this is, by far, Reed's most coveted early autograph card. Autographed copies of the base card (pictured above for reference) are very difficult to locate. In addition to this autograph card, Reed is part of the 1991 Pro Line Portraits Autographs set.
This is another difficult to find card and is Andre Reed's first memorabilia card. Well ahead of their time, Collector's Edge inserted pieces of a game-used football from the Super Bowl into the cards. The exact quantity produced isn't known.
Andre Reed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Andre Reed 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, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Andre Reed Signature Example
Andre Reed Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Andre Reed signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A signature that is easy to discern even when not totally legible.
- The initials "A" and "R" intersect frequently when written in a stick.
- A series of flowing lines that resemble a series of "u"'s imply the remaining letters of his first name and his last name.
- The above characteristics are especially true when using a paint pen or thick sharpie, his ink pen signature is usually a bit more legible.
- He often includes his jersey number "83" as an inscription.
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