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Mark Messier Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Mark Messier

Date of Birth: 1/18/1961
Rookie Card Year: 1980-81
Investment Rating: 8.0


Mark Messier hockey cards and memorabilia items remain incredibly popular long after his retirement from the game. An iconic figure throughout the hockey world, Messier's leadership was an instrumental part of the Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup-winning dynasty of the late 1980s. His lore rose to mythical heights when, as the captain of the New York Rangers, he helped lead the team to the 1994 Stanley Cup. It was their first in more than 50 years.

Mark Messier rookie card is in 1980-81 O-Pee-Chee Hockey. However, it wasn't his first hockey card produced. Messier was part of the 1979-80 Oilers Postcards team set. Additionally, Mark Messier is in the 1980-81 Pepsi-Cola Hockey Caps set.

Playing in two major markets like Edmonton and New York has left no shortage of Mark Messier autographed memorabilia. An ambassador of the game, he has been a willing in-person signer and has had licensed memorabilia deals with Steiner Sports. The most popular Mark Messier autographed items include New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers hockey pucks.

Mark Messier Rookie Card

1980-81 O-Pee-Chee Mark Messier RC #289

1980-81 OPC Mark Messier RC

The 1980-81 O-Pee-Chee Mark Messier rookie card is considered an uncorrected error card. The card says he shoots right when he's actually a lefty. It's hardly significant enough to impact the card's value. Featuring a vertical layout, the photograph captures the young Messier preparing to take a face-off. Unlike 1980-81 Topps Hockey, the name on the front does not need to be scratched off and revealed.

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Autograph Guide

Mark Messier Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Below you will find an example of what Mark Messier'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. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Steiner Sports and Mounted Memories to name a few. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Mark Messier Cut Signature Exemplar

Mark Messier Cut Signature Example

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

  1. A sophisticated signature defined by the letter "M" that clearly contains what looks like a numeral "2" and a tall angular upside down triangle shape, sans the bottom line is present.
  2. The letter 'a" is visible and open-ended.
  3. A character looking like a wide letter "C" on a 50 degree angle is visible forming part of the "M" in Messier.
  4. A straight line extending off of the second "M" implies the remaining letters.
  5. The numerals "11", his jersey number, sits atop the line.

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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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  1. 2016-17 Upper Deck The Cup

    Signature Renditions Mark Messier

    Can you tell me anything about card # SR-MM


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