Rookie Card Year: 1990-91
Investment Rating: 6.5
One of the most popular and explosive hockey players of the 1990s, Jaromir Jagr cards have a large hobby following. As his career winds down, collectors are starting to look at his legacy, which puts him among the game's all-time elite.
Picked fifth overall by the Penguins in the 1990 NHL Draft, Pittsburgh got immediate returns from the right wing. He debuted in the 1990-91 season, helping the team to their first-ever Stanley Cup. They repeated the following year, as well. While much of the attention went to teammate Mario Lemieux, Jagr was quick becoming a standout in his own right.
Jagr won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the NHL in points five times. He won the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP in 1999 and has been a finalist on five other occasions. Jagr ranks in the top ten for all-time career NHL points.
Besides the Penguins, the Czech-born winger has also suited up for the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils.
Collectors have six different Jaromir Jagr rookie cards to collect, although two only have marginal differences. Because he debuted in the early 90s, all first-year Jaromir Jagr cards are readily available. They're also extremely cheap given his status as an all-time great. For those looking for high-end Jaromir Jagr cards, they may want to look at on-card autographs and low-numbered memorabilia cards. He has been a somewhat regular signer over the years in hockey card sets.
Jaromir Jagr Rookie Card Guide
The 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Premier Jaromir Jagr rookie card may not sell for as much as it did in the mid- to late-1990s, but it's still the high-scoring sniper's best card. The drop in value is more because of the massive availability of cards from the early-90s, even though 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Premier is still considered one of the era's more limited releases.
As easy as it is to make fun of the mountains of Pro Set cards cluttering up homes, the company's 1990-91 hockey set is actually quite nice and very informative. While it can be found for a couple of dollars or less, the 1990-91 Pro Set Jaromir Jagr is a solid choice for hockey fans, even if it will never be worth much.
Featuring a draft day photo, the 1990-91 Score Jaromir Jagr is pure early-90s. Readily available, it has a dated backdrop, an out-of-style haircut and a laughable hat (not to mention strange way of wearing it). Like an old yearbook photo, it's fun to look back on.
1990-91 Score Hockey came in two different versions. The Canadian version has a couple of noticeable differences. On the front, the Score logo is in red instead of blue. On the back, the text has both French and English.
1990-91 Upper Deck marked the manufacturer's hockey debut. The Jagr rookie remains one of the top cards in the set. It's glossy appearance helps set it apart from others. However, the massive availability has kept prices down.
When it first came out, 1990-91 Upper Deck French sent the hobby into a frenzy. At one point, single packs were selling for more than $20 each. But this was all based on perceived scarcity. The market was soon flooded with the cards, which are the same as the regular Upper Deck set except for the text language. Today, they're more of a novelty than anything. They command very little, if any, premium over the regular cards.
Jaromir Jagr Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Jaromir Jagr'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, Steiner and Mounted Memories.
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Jaromir Jagr Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jaromir Jagr signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- The signature is written on an even horizontal plane consisting of two letter and three character.
- Many of the letters are implied.
- The letter "J" in the first and last name are over-sized and different.
- The first "J" exhibits a small curlycue to star the letter a sharp upstroke followed by a long down stroke that rounds at the bottom, comes back up and uses a squiggly line to cross over the long down stroke.
- The second "J" is much more angular and the bottom loop is far less rounded and not closed.
- Between the letter "J"'s is a small "caret" mark.
- Jagr's traditional jersey number is often present "68" formed in a unique mix of the numerals.
- The final character of the signature looks like a shepherd's crook or exaggerated coma.
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