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Chuck Liddell and his long-time rival Randy Couture are both credited with bringing MMA to the mainstream in North America. Because of this, Chuck Liddell cards and autographed memorabilia will always have a rightful place of honor among the sport's fans and its collectors. Liddell has been able to capitalize on his success in the octagon with lucrative endorsement deals that have kept him in the pop culture limelight since his retirement from UFC in 2010.
Inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009, Liddell achieved a combined MMA and kickboxing record of 41-10. Liddell earned a legion of fans through the years, not just due to his fighting success but for his appreciation for the sport, his fans and his willingness to connect with them. A frequent draw at UFC Fan Expos, Liddell never shies away from an opportunity to take a photograph with an admiring fan or to sign an autograph.
Chuck Liddell's first mainstream trading cards were released in 2009. While none of them are deemed "official" rookie cards, he has three total base cards from Topps and Upper Deck. He also appears in 2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts, which was actually released in 2010. Upper Deck produced Liddell's first certified autograph card in 2009, while Topps released Liddell's first memorabilia cards, also in 2009.
As far as Chuck Liddell's autographed items go, there is a strong market for his signed collectibles, which keeps values stable. Some of the more popular items to have autographed are fight gloves and promotional bout posters.
Chuck Liddell First Year Base Cards
Simply due to the subject matter of the photograph alone, it would be fair to call this Chuck Liddell's rookie card. It shows an in-action photograph of Liddell's UFC debut in 1998 as part of UFC 17, a victory versus Noe Hernandez. Three parallels of the card also exist: Gold, Silver (#/288) and Red (1/1).
Featured as part of Upper Deck's multi-sport product, Liddell also has three mini parallels. Both the regular card and minis have four printing plates as well.
This card comes from Topps' second UFC set. Showcasing the ferocious intensity for which Liddell was known for, this card has four levels of parallels: Gold, Silver (#/188), Red (#/8) and Diamond (1/1).
Other Key Chuck Liddell Cards
Chuck Liddell's first certified autograph came courtesy of Upper Deck and their CLC licensing deal. Liddell wrestled at Cal Poly Tech and was able to be included in this multi-sport product.
Chuck Liddell's first relic card includes a piece of the fight mat from UFC 62 where he defeated Renato Sobral. Four parallels of this card also exist numbered to 199, 88, 8 and 1.
Chuck Liddell Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Chuck Liddell 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, UFC and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Chuck Liddell Cut Signature Exemplar
Chuck Liddell Key Signature Attributes: Chuck Liddell's signature has remained fairly consistent through the years Regardless of the item, or time period in which it was signed, look for these signature features:
- The entire signature is written in cursive.
- The first name consists of the letter "C" which has a small closed curl at the top, this flows into what looks like to large cursive "e"'s or two small cursive "l"s.
- The "L" is printed (the only one that is) and leans to the right on a 50-degree angle.
- The "i" is dottedwhich also forms part of the first "d" which is not closed.
- The second "l" is closed and is followed by a closed loop "e" that looks more like an "i" with no dot.
- Of the ending two letters "l", the first has an open loop and the second doesn't.
Chuck Liddell Signed Photographs Pricing
Chuck Liddell Signed Fight Gloves Pricing
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