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Joey Votto Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Joey Votto

Date of Birth: 9/10/1983
Rookie Card Year: 2002
Investment Rating: 7.0


The modern face of the Cincinnati Reds' franchise, Joey Votto's continued success for the past decade ranks him as one of the top players in the National League. The first baseman is also a favorite among collectors, making Joey Votto rookie cards popular in the hobby today.

After a short stint with the Reds in 2007, Votto made a splash as a rookie the following year. He hit a very respectable .297 with 24 home runs and 84 runs batted in, finishing second to the Cubs' Geovany Soto in NL Rookie of the Year voting. In 2010, Votto was named the NL MVP after batting .324 and notching 37 homers. His 2017 season was also impressive, topping the NL for OPS, while leading the majors in walks and on-base percentage.

There are just three Joey Votto rookie cards for collectors to chase. None are terribly rare but all have shown good growth on the secondary market. His first autograph is a Signs of the Future insert in 2004 Bowman Baseball. In addition, he does have multiple cards with the RC logo found in 2008 sets.

Joey Votto Rookie Card Checklist

2002 Bowman Draft Joey Votto RC #BDP44

The most basic and readily available of the first-year Joey Votto cards, 2002 Bowman Draft doesn't have much in the way of bells and whistles. It's got a posed shot of the Canadian in front of an empty field, bat resting on his shoulder. This card is usually overshadowed by the more desirable Bowman Chrome version.

Joey Votto Cards - 2002 Bowman Draft Joey Votto RC

2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Joey Votto RC #BDP44

The 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Joey Votto is the first baseman's most popular rookie card. It's nearly identical to the basic Bowman Draft version, only printed on chromium card stock. Refractor (#/300), X-Fractor (#/150) and Gold Refractor (#/50) parallels are also very popular with collectors.

2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Joey Votto RC

2002 Topps 206 Joey Votto RC #429

There's not much in the way of originality when it comes to the photos on Joey Votto rookies. Although it's somewhat stylized, the 2002 Topps 206 Joey Votto rookie card has the same picture as both of his other rookies. Printed without any gloss or modern embellishments, it has a nice, classic feel. 2002 Topps 206 was extremely popular with set collectors, making this card not so common. It also has several tobacco-sized mini parallels for an added chase.

2002 Topps 206 Joey Votto RC

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Autograph Guide

Joey Votto Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

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

Joey Votto Cut Signature Exemplar

Joey Votto Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Joey Votto 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. Entire signature is quickly written, with several letters combined and others missing.
  2. The letter "J" is discernible with a loop on the bottom of the letter but not the top.
  3. The loop of the "J" flows into a "y", distinguishable only by the loop of the bottom part of the letter.
  4. The letters "o-e" are absent.
  5. The last name portion of the autograph is not really legible.
  6. The first letter resembles a "U" that flows into what looks like two consecutive capital "A"s.

Joey Votto Signed Baseballs

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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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