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Doug Martin Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Doug Martin

Date of Birth: 1/13/1989
Rookie Card Year: 2012
Investment Rating: 7.0


After flying under the hobby radar for the first half of his rookie campaign, Doug Martin cards caught collectors' attention. The running back was playing well for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but back-to-back 200-yard games made him a star among the masses.

Martin was drafted late in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft with Tampa Bay selecting him 31st overall. He spent his college years at Boise State University. Martin was the 2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas MVP following a highlight reel-worthy kickoff return of 100 yards to go alongside more than 150 rushing yards.

Doug Martin cards understandably, heated up after his explosive showings mid-way through the 2012 season. When the year began, much of the attention was focused on super prospects Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Below them were the likes of Trent Richardson, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson. Few outside of Tampa were whispering about Martin. That changed. And with that, Doug Martin cards rose.

When it comes to Doug Martin rookie cards, collectors have lots of options. They start out with reasonably priced base brands like Topps and Prestige. High-end collectors can chase autographed rookie cards from such sets as Panini Certified and Topps Inception. On top of that are even more inserts that also run the spectrum of prices and collector tastes. Martin's stable of autographed memorabilia has exploded in recent years and he has signed everything from jerseys to helmets.

Top Doug Martin Rookie Cards

2012 Panini Contenders Doug Martin RC #211 Autograph

Despite not being serial numbered or containing a memorabilia piece, the on-card, Rookie Ticket, autographs from Contenders are always in high demand. Martin's card is no different.

2012 Panini National Treasures Doug Martin RC #311 Autographed Patch #/99

2012 Panini National Treasures Football Rookie Signature Materials 311 Doug Martin

With a print run numbered to just 99 and featuring an on-card signature along with a prime patch, this is Doug Martin's most coveted rookie card.

2012 Panini Playbook Doug Martin RC #187 Autographed Dual Memorabilia Book #/149

A beautifully designed book card featuring large pieces of memorabilia and a signature. This is about as comprehensive of a rookie card that you will find. It is limited to just 149 serial numbered copies.

2012 Topps Five Star Doug Martin RC #165 Autographed Patch #/50

2012 Topps Five Star Football 165 Doug Martin

2012 Topps Five Star Football may not command quite the values as National Treasures, but the Doug Martin rookie card still has a lot going for it. First, it's limited to just 50 copies. That's about half of National Treasures. It also boasts an on-card autograph, patch swatch and an elegant design.

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Rookie Cards

Doug Martin Rookie Card Checklist

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Autograph Guide

Doug Martin Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Doug Martin's authentic 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, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Doug Martin Cut Signature Exemplar

Doug Martin Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Doug Martin signature autograph is very difficult to replicate and will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Gore's signature has fluctuated through the years, however, regardless of the item being signed or the time period in which it was signed, look for the following signature features:

Doug Martin Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature consists of just three discernible letters.
  2. The letter "D" is printed and closed in a large loop.
  3. A period following the "D" implies the rest of the letters of his first name.
  4. A large "M" equal in height to the "D" is written with the humps spaced narrowly.
  5. The letter "t" is crossed almost directly in the middle and at a 60 degree angle and resembles a "+."

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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