Rookie Card Year: 1996-97
Investment Rating: 7.0
Clutch shooting and championship play for the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat make Ray Allen rookie cards a popular option for collectors.
Because of the stacked 1996 rookie class that includes Allen Iverson, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant, 1996-97 products are hotly pursued. However, most of the 16 Ray Allen rookie cards remain fairly cheap. The big chase comes from the various parallels and tougher inserts. Of course, things will likely pick up as he enters the Hall of Fame.
Collectors looking for certified autographed Ray Allen cards have plenty of options from his entire playing career.
Top Ray Allen Rookie Cards
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While most people breaking 1996-97 Topps Chrome Basketball are looking for a Kobe Bryant rookie card, Ray Allen makes a great consolation prize. This card is the unquestioned top Ray Allen rookie card option. The Refractor parallel is also very popular.
Not a true rookie, this might be the most popular Ray Allen card from all 1996-97 products. The Autographics line was a huge insert when they were first released and have become even more in-demand over the years. The cards do have some trouble with counterfeits, so be careful when buying online. Authentic cards feature an embossed stamp.
Ray Allen Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 1996-97 Flair Showcase Row 2 #35
- 1996-97 SP #136
- 1996-97 Bowman's Best #R5
- 1996-97 Finest #22
- 1996-97 E-X2000 #37
Premium Rookie Cards
Ray Allen Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Ray Allen'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, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories to name a few.
Ray Allen Cut Signature Exemplar
Ray Allen Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ray Allen signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:
- The whole signature is indecipherable as far as specific letters. Instead, it is better to look for character traits.
- The signature is fluid and rushed with only minor pauses.
- The first character can be best described as looking like a number "3" with an oval shape connecting the top loop.
- The bottom of the "3" has a small curlycue.
- The second character resembles a "0" in a smashed oval shape.
- An extending line is added for emphasis.