Rookie Card Year: 2004
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Few athletes can say that they have rookie cards in three different sports. Brock Lesnar can. The multi-sport athlete has wrestled for WWE, was a walk-on player during pre-season for the Minnesota Vikings and fought inside the Octagon for UFC.
When the former amateur standout broke into WWE, he went right to the top. As such, there was a strong demand for his earliest cards. Brock Lesnar's first appearance on cardboard came in 2002 Fleer WWE Raw vs. Smackdown. By the time the year finished, mainstream Brock Lesnar cards were also release in 2002 Fleer WWE Absolute Divas and 2002 Fleer WWE Royal Rumble.
In 2004, Lesnar was given a shot at making the Minnesota Vikings roster. He was eventually cut by the team but that didn't stop Playoff and Upper Deck from getting his rookies card in their products. Brock Lesnar football cards can be found in four NFL products.
After football didn't work out, Lesnar turned to MMA. Thanks to his popularity in wrestling, he quickly became one of the biggest names in UFC. His star power only rose once he won the Heavyweight Championship. The first Brock Lesnar MMA cards are in 2009 Topps UFC Round 1. 2009 Topps UFC Round 2 had his first autographs. Collectors would have to wait until 2010 for the first Brock Lesnar UFC memorabilia cards.
You'd think an athlete in three sports and even appeared in Hollywood movies would have plenty of signed memorabilia. This isn't the case for Lesnar. While there are items to be found, including fight gloves, photos, and magazines, Lesnar has a surprisingly very limited amount of legitimate signed material. Extra caution should be used when looking to purchase Brock Lesnar autographs because of this shortage.
Key Early Brock Lesnar Wrestling Cards
Brock Lesnar has two cards in 2002 Fleer WWE Raw vs. Smackdown. The first Brock Lesnar card released, it showcases his raw strength. The silver foil accents, which include a facsimile signature, really stand out against the dark background. He also has a subset card in the set that pairs him with The Rock.
Longtime talent scout and manager, Paul Heyman has always had an eye for talent. It's only fitting that he be pictured alongside Lesnar in a subset entitled "Partnerships." A Gold parallel version of the card can also be found. Lesnar also has a poster in 2002 Fleer WWE Absolute Divas.
The main 2002 Fleer WWE Royal Rumble Brock Lesnar card was also used as the basis for his first memorabilia card. The swatch comes from an event-worn shirt. Multi-color swatches can also be found, though the print run is not known. Lesnar has a second card in the base set under the A.K.A. subset banner. He is dubbed as the "Career Killer."
Few people realize that Brock Lesnar is also an NCAA Champion after winning the 2000 Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Championship. 2009 Press Pass Fusion, a multi-sport product, commemorates this achievement. This card has three parallels. Lesnar also appears in the Classic Champions Autographs set, which has four versions, all of which are serial numbered.
Brock Lesnar Rookie Cards - Football
This is an entry-level card that is not serial numbered. It has a bit of a busy design that detracts from the player photo. It can be picked up rather inexpensively.
Sort of like a parallel to the regular Rookies and Stars rookie, this one was released in a retail version of the product. Serial numbered to 999, it has the same card number. It also comes with several parallels.
Numbered to 425, this is Brock Lesnar's most limited football rookie card. It also has a parallel that is limited to 100 copies.
This is easily Lesnar's best looking rookie card. It features him without his helmet during training camp. The card is serial numbered to 999. Serial numbered parallels to 100 and 50 also exist.
Key Early Brock Lesnar UFC Cards
2009 Topps UFC Round 1 is the card maker's first MMA set. Wildly popular, it is loaded with rookies. This includes Brock Lesnar's first MMA card. It pictures him on the Ocotogon mat against Frank Mir at UFC 81.
While both this product and Press Pass Fusion delivered the first Brock Lesnar autograph cards within days of each other, this is his first officially licensed autographed trading card. A red ink parallel numbered to 25 was also produced for the product.
Brock Lesnar Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Brock Lesnar signature autograph 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, Tristar, WWE, UFC and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Brock Lesnar Cut Signature Exemplar
Brock Lesnar Key Signature Attributes: Brock Lesnar's autograph can vary. However, more often than not, it will resemble some form of the above example. When purchasing Lesnar autographs, look for the following signature features:
- The entire signature consists of three character "B-K-L."
- The "B" looks like a number "3" with a line through it vertically; the bottom of "3" comes back across forming a loop and also is used for one of the extending lines off the letter "k."
- The vertical line on the "k" leans to the right on about a 50-60 degree angle.
- The final character "L" resembles more of a flattened numeral "2."
Brock Lesnar Signed Photographs Pricing
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