Rookie Card Year: 2001-02
Investment Rating: 6.5
Pavel Datsyuk hockey cards and autographed memorabilia are some of the best-kept secrets in sports collectibles. That's really just a nice way of saying that they are under-valued in today's hobby. While hockey fans certainly identify Datsyuk as being a top NHL talent, that reality hasn't transitioned to prices of his cards and memorabilia outside of Detroit's fan base. At least not yet.
Datsyuk is a gifted skater with a quiet demeanor who leads by example. His stick handling ability and scoring prowess have earned him respect from his teammates coaches and fans. Perhaps one of the reasons that Pavel Datsyuk cards, particularly his mid-range rookie cards, tend to be under-valued is the fact that despite having 34 rookie cards, none of them are autographed, contain memorabilia or are particularly rare. However, there are a few that can command top dollar.
A victim of a transition period in the hobby, Datsyuk's rookie cards come from 2001-02 products. This was a period of time where the latest trends and innovations in trading cards, like autographs and memorabilia, were being experimented with by manufacturers. Hockey was the last sport to adopt them on a widespread scale for rookie cards. Additionally, there was an overly crowded marketplace with hockey cards being produced by Pacific, Topps and Upper Deck.
Pavel Datsyuk's popularity in Detroit and on the international stage has provided numerous outlets for his autographed memorabilia. The market is not over-burdened by supply and demand is increasing causing a slight increase in prices over the last few years.
Top Pavel Datsyuk Rookie Cards
The Young Guns rookie cards in the base set of Upper Deck Hockey have always been very popular with collectors and Datsyuk's is no different. A favorite card to submit for grading, high-grade examples can sell for a couple of hundred dollars. There are actually two versions of this card. The first shows a purple rink board in the background, while the second (pictured) shows an opponent trailing Datsyuk as he skates up ice.
Hockey card collectors have an equal appreciation for the SP Future Watch rookie cards as they do Upper Deck Young Guns. Serial numbered to 900, a parallel also exists that is limited to just 150.
With just 250 numbered copies, this is Datsyuk's most limited rookie card. As a result, it should come as little surprise that it's one of his most popular and valuable rookie cards.
Pavel Datsyuk Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 2001-02 Atomic #108 #/500
- 2001-02 Pacific Adrenaline #207 #/984
- 2001-02 Pacific Heads Up #106 #/999
- 2001-02 Parkhurst #254 #/500
- 2001-02 Private Stock Retail #120 #/450
- 2001-02 Titanium Retail #156 #/534
- 2001-02 Titanium Draft Day Edition #126 #/780
- 2001-02 Topps Chrome #167
- 2001-02 Uper Deck Challenge for the Cup #105 #/1000
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Honor Roll #71 #/1499
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Mask Collection #144 #/1500
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Playmakers #116 #/1250
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Top Shelf #127 #/900
- 2001-02 Vanguard #109 #/404
High-End Rookie Cards
- 2001-02 Crown Royale #157 #/267
- 2001-02 Private Stock #120 #/414
- 2001-02 SP Authentic #145 #/900
- 2001-02 SP Game Used #75 #/499
- 2001-02 SPx #104 #/999
- 2001-02 Topps Reserve #117 #/699
- 2001-02 Upper Deck #422 purple board in background
- 2001-02 Upper Deck #422 opponent in background
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Ice #53 #/1500
- 2001-02 Uper Deck Premier Collection #95 #/250
Pavel Datsyuk Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Pavel Datsyuk'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.
Pavel Datsyuk Cut Signature Exemplar
Pavel Datsyuk Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Pavel Datsyuk signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item, or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
Pavel Datsyuk Signature Characteristics
- The signature is simple with only a few characters, non of which are discernible and perhaps not in English either.
- The first character looks like an exaggerated "X."
- The pen lifts and a squiggle line on a 45 degree angle is drawn.
- Something resembling the numeral "7" follows which includes a small upward curl at the top.
- An apostrophe looking character and another, albeit much smaller looking "7" shape finishes the signature.
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