Rookie Card Year: 1998
Investment Rating: 6.0
Before MMA was seen as a mainstream sport, Randy Couture ruled the octagon. He is recognized as helping put the sport on the map and is treated as the sport's proverbial godfathers. As a result, there is strong demand for Randy Couture trading cards and autographed memorabilia. Since retiring from the ring, he has enjoyed cross-over success in a couple of feature films. He will always be an iconic MMA name.
While Randy Couture does not have an official rookie card, his popularity and accomplishments in UFC have made him an integral part of several multi-sport trading card products including 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter, 2008 Donruss Americana and 2008 Sportkings, to name a few. The first Randy Couture trading card, however, was in the little-known 1998 Culture House Heroes of Wrestling. Before becoming involved with MMA, Couture was an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler.
It would not be until 2009 that Couture would have his first licensed UFC cards. 2009 Topps UFC Round 1 includes a base card of Couture and two autographs.
Enjoying celebrity status as an athlete and semi-movie star ensures that Couture has plenty of autographed memorabilia in the marketplace. Signed gloves and photographs are some of his most popular items. Forgeries have been known to be an issue so caution should be exercised when shopping for his signed memorabilia.
Key Randy Couture Cards
This relatively obscure set not only features the first card of Couture but also Olympic gold medalist and professional wrestling legend, Kurt Angle. The 36-card set pays tribute to many of the country's all-time great wrestlers.
Randy Couture's first certified autograph card was part of this eclectic product. In addition, the set also contains several other cards of Couture including a base card, base mini card, several parallels and printing plates. He has signed several of the base cards in-person and through the mail for collectors over the years but it is this framed mini card that is officially part of the product.
One of Randy Couture's first memorabilia cards was part of 2008 Donruss Americana. This product is a celebration of American pop-culture for which Couture's inclusion surely applies. The card is serial numbered to 500 and contains a swatch of fight-worn trunks. There is also a combination card numbered to 50 that also includes his autograph.
While Randy Couture has several autographed-memorabilia cards that were produced in 2008, this one features an on-card signature. Limited to just 40 copies, it is part of a classic product that features greats from a variety of sports. Each autographed or memorabilia card comes in a sealed toploader.
Randy Couture Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Randy Couture signature autograph 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, UFC and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Randy Couture Cut Signature Exemplar
Randy Couture Key Signature Attributes: Despite being a participant in several sports over several years, Randy Couture's signature has remained fairly consistent. Regardless of the item, or time period in which it was signed, look for these signature features:
- The entire signature is written in cursive.
- In the first name, the letters "R-d-y" are most discernible.
- The "R" includes a loop on the vertical back line and and elongated oval loop before crossing over for the down stroke lieaving a little circle in the middle.
- The letters "a-n" are implied, while the "d" contains a looping line and an unclosed circle loop.
- The "y" is easily legible, written completely with no loops but a trailing line that falls well below the rest of the signature.
- In the last name the letters "C-t" are most pronounced with the top of the "C' have a sizable vertical line to it.
- The "o-u" are present but small and similar in look, while the "t" crosses nearly the length of the last name including back to the "C."
- The remaining letters are attempted bu not legible.
Randy Couture Signed Photographs Pricing
Randy Couture Signed Fight Gloves Pricing
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