Chris Chelios Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Buying Guide

Chris Chelios

Date of Birth: 1/25/1962
Rookie Card Year: 1984-85
Investment Rating: 6.0


Gritty, tough, hard nosed and fearless. These are just some of the words one could use to describe Chris Chelios. The others would be leader, competitor, and winner. Wherever he played, Chris Chelios was beloved. With that, Chris Chelios cards and memorabilia continue to see solid demand. He may not be a top-tier hobby star, but he is someone who is on a lot of radars. For 26 years Chelios guarded the blue line with a ferocious mix of strength, skill and determination. His statistical biography and list of achievements could fill a book, and some day, they might. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013, Chelios' career NHL numbers are as follows:

  • Games Played: 1,651
  • Points: 948
  • Penalty Minutes: 2,891
  • Average Minutes Played: 21:35
  • +/- Rating: +350

The list of hardware he's held or owned during his illustrious career is commiserate with his statistics.

  • Three-time Stanley Cup Champion (1985-86, 2001-02, 2007-08)
  • Three-time James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner as the NHL's Best Defenseman (1988-89, 1992-93, 1995-96)
  • Named to the All-Rookie Team 1984-85
  • 14-time All-Star
  • Captain of the XVII and XX Winter Olympic Teams
  • Silver Medalist XIX Winter Olympics Team

He shares or holds several NHL records including:

  • Games Played by a Defenseman (1,651)
  • Most Seasons (26)
  • Playoff Appearances (24)
  • Games Played by an American Born Player (1,651)

An outstanding amateur player, Chelios was a member of the University of Wisconsin's NCAA Championship team in 1983 and a member of the 1984 US Olympic team. He was drafted with the 40th pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 1981. He played there for seven seasons starting in 1984 where he would finish as the Calder Memorial Trophy runner-up to Mario Lemieux having tallied 64 points in 74 games. He was named to the All-Rookie Team and played in his first All-Star Game. The following year, he won his first of three Stanley Cups. Chris Chelios would go on to play for the Chicago Blackhawks (1990-91 to 1998-99)and the Detroit Red Wings (1998-99 to 2008-09) before playing a final season with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009-10. A fan favorite wherever he played, his knowledge of the the sports' long history, his ice presence, and gifted two-way play endeared him to fans long after he had left a team.

Most Chris Chelios cards remain affordable. Outside of his lone rookie card, collectors will want to take a close look at his autograph cards. Given the length of is career, there are relatively few Chris Chelios autograph cards, especially fully licensed ones.

Chris Chelios Rookie Card

1984-85 O-Pee-Chee Chris Chelios RC #259

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Despite having only one rookie card, Chelios' longevity in the league means he has plenty of other cards, autographs and memorabilia for collectors to pursue. Cards from the 1984-85 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set often suffer from centering and edge wear issues. Finding a high-grade Chris Chelios rookie card free of these defects can be a challenging task. Most often samples can be found free from one but not both.

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Autograph Guide

Chris Chelios Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what an authentic Chris Chelios signature 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, Upper Deck Authentic, Panini Authentic, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Chris Chelios

Cut Signature Exemplar

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Chris Chelios Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Chris Chelios signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The entire signature is written on an even horizontal plane.
  2. The letters "C-H and l" are over-sized.
  3. The letter "C" is discernible and flows into an equally legible letter "h."
  4. The letters "r-i-s" are implied.
  5. The last name starts the same as the first.
  6. The letter "h" flows into a legible, closed loop letter "e."
  7. The letter "l" is a tall open loop.
  8. The letter "i" is visible with no dot.
  9. The letters "o-s" are implied.

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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