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Phil Kessel Rookie Cards Guide and Checklist

Phil Kessel

Date of Birth: 10/2/1987

Rookie Card Year: 2006-07

Investment Rating: 6.5

Playing on the NHL's most popular team, Phil Kessel rookie cards get plenty of attention. But with the Toronto Maple Leafs still without a Stanley Cup win in decades, there's room for his hero status to rise even further. Like Doug Gilmour and Mats Sundin before him in recent history, fans and collectors are looking to the sniper to bring the Cup back to Toronto.

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The price the Toronto Maple Leafs paid for Phil Kessel was steep. And we're not talking contractual obligations either. After just three seasons with the Bruins, the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2006, Boston sent Kessel to Toronto for three first round picks. Among them was Tyler Seguin, who helped the Bruins win the 2011 Stanley Cup.

Since arriving in Toronto, Kessel has been one of hockey's top scorers but he hasn't emerged as one of the NHL's elite, at least from a hobby standpoint. Should Kessel up his game, which he is showing signs of doing, and the Maple Leafs make a deep run into late spring, Kessel's hobby fortunes could change in a hurry. But those are a couple of major ifs.

Collectors have a wide variety of Phil Kessel rookie cards to choose from. All are from Upper Deck as they held the NHL exclusive in 2006-07. Of his 20 base set rookies, just four are autographed. 2006-07 Upper Deck The Cup is the most valuable. Numbered to just 99, it has an on-card autograph and a patch swatch.

Phil Kessel Rookie Card Checklist

Low-End Rookies

Phil Kessel Rookie Cards Guide and Checklist 1

Mid-End Rookies

Phil Kessel Rookie Cards Guide and Checklist 2

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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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