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Ray Lewis Football Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Ray Lewis

Date of Birth: 5/15/1975
Rookie Card Year: 1996
Investment Rating: 6.5


Rookie Cards

Few defensive football players get any significant love or exposure in the hobby. Ray Lewis is one of those exceptions. The combination of dominant player, a legacy of winning an lots of charisma have made Ray Lewis cards and memorabilia a favorite with collectors.

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Lewis spent his entire professional career with the Baltimore Ravens. Draft by the team in the first round of the 1996 draft, he quickly became one of the NFL's dominant linebackers. He helped lead the Ravens to victory at Super Bowl XXXV and was named the game's MVP. That same year, he was awarded the league's Defensive Player of the Year.

A 13-time Pro Bowl selection, Lewis' collector appeal is further bolstered thanks to his having gone to college at the University of Miami. Playing for the high-profile Hurricanes, he was an All-American in both 1994 and 1995.

Lewis went to trial in connection to the stabbing death of two people outside an Atlanta nightclub following Super Bowl XXXIV. While he was acquitted in the killings, Lewis did plead guilty to obstructing justice in the case.

Collectors have less than ten Ray Lewis rookie cards to track down. Most come from brands largely forgotten by the hobby. For example, both of the flagship 1996 Topps Football and 1996 Upper Deck Football sets left the linebacker off their final checklists.

Values for Ray Lewis cards and memorabilia should hold well into his retirement as he's staying in the spotlight with a second career in broadcasting. He also hasn't signed a ton of cards, making his certified autographs strong sellers.

Ray Lewis Rookie Card Guide

1996 Bowman's Best Ray Lewis RC #164

The 1996 Bowman's Best Football Ray Lewis is easily his most popular rookie card. Featuring the brand's trademark chromium look, it has a busy look with lots going on. Refractor and Atomic Refractor parallels represent the ultimate chase for early Ray Lewis cards.

Ray Lewis Cards - 1996 Bowmans Best Ray Lewis RC

1996 Collector's Choice Ray Lewis RC #20

A nice low-end option, the 1996 Collector's Choice Ray Lewis rookie card shouldn't set collectors back too much. While the design is distinct to the era, it still holds up well today. The biggest knock against it is the lack of pro uniform in the photo.

1996 Collectors Choice Ray Lewis RC

1996 Fleer Ray Lewis RC #165

Perhaps the less that is said about the 1996 Fleer Ray Lewis rookie, the better. The biggest plus for this unattractive card is that it comes from a brand with a lot of hobby tradition.

1996 Fleer Ray Lewis RC

1996 Pro Line Intense Ray Lewis RC #59

The 1996 Pro Line Intense Ray Lewis lives up to its name. If you're a fan of great photography, this is by far the most distinct of the first-year Ray Lewis cards. It's about average value compared to his other rookies.

1996 Pro Line Intense Ray Lewis RC

1996 Score Board Lasers Ray Lewis RC #99

If you're a fan of foil cards, 1996 Score Board Lasers is the way to go. While the look is distinct, the lack of brand legacy hurts its potential. The same can be said for many of the first Ray Lewis cards.

1996 SkyBox Impact Rookies Ray Lewis RC #6

A full-bleed design and solid photo work in the favor of the 1996 SkyBox Impact Rookies Ray Lewis rookie card. From a value perspective, it's a little better than average.

1996 SkyBox Impact Ray Lewis RC

1996 Stadium Club Ray Lewis RC #351

Next to Bowman's Best, the second-best Ray Lewis rookie card is from 1996 Stadium Club Football. A short print, the Series 2 card has a solid in-game shot. The side and bottom borders make it a little busy, particularly for a Stadium Club set, but it's not terrible.

1996 Stadium Club Ray Lewis RC

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Ray Lewis 047 299 Jersey Ravens Ball Hawks
$9.95

2016 Flawless Ray Lewis Super Bowl XXXV Champion Encased Auto Autograph Blue 2 5
$199.99

RAY LEWIS 2002 GRIDIRON KINGS GRIDIRON CUT SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH AUTO 245 Signed
$125.00

1996 Collector's Choice Ray Lewis #20 Rookie Class RC PSA 10 Gem Mint Ravens
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Ray Lewis Brian Urlacher Zenith 2005 Autumn Warriors Materials AW-4 175 250
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2017 Turbo Signatures Manning Moss Unitas Ray Lewis Prescott Printed Autographs
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1996 PRO LINE INTENSE COMPLETE NFL SET *Ray Lewis RC,M.Harrison RC, Ed George RC
$8.99

1996 Stadium Club #351 Ray Lewis Rookie *NM* e71816
$9.99

2003 Playoff Absolute Leather And Laces Ray Lewis 16 50
$15.00

1996 Bowman's Best #164 Ray Lewis RC - NM-MT+, *SEWALL*
$27.00

2008 UPPER DECK ULTIMATE #14 RAY LEWIS BALTIMORE RAVENS 230 275 9093
$6.36

2008 Donruss Gridiron Gear Rivals Carson Palmer Ray Lewis 19 25
$11.99

1996 BOWMANS BEST RAY LEWIS RC
$29.99

(417) RAY LEWIS ED REED TERRELL SUGGS ROOKIE INSERTS CARD LOT BALTIMORE RAVENS
$21.99

2006 TOPPS #163 RAY LEWIS RAVENS PSA 10 F2419942-404
$11.99

1996 Fleer #165 Ray Lewis ROOKIE (ref 18011)
$5.95
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Autograph Guide

Ray Lewis Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ray Lewis' 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, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Ray Lewis Cut Signature Exemplar

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

  1. The signature is relatively consistent in character make-up with a right leaning signature.
  2. The letter "R" consists of two lines, the vertical line s short and parallel to the adjacent line on the right; The curve of the letter starts well behind the first vertical line and comes almost to a point before beginning the down stroke.
  3. The rest of the signature consists of what can be described as two numeral "7"s; the first is about a third smaller than the second.
  4. These characters are crossed by a horizontal line on a 30 degree angle that starts at the end of the letter "R" and extends well past the second "7."
  5. The line often bisects the inscription " '52 " Lewis' jersey number.

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Ray Lewis Signed Riddell NFL Baltimore Ravens ICE Mini Speed Helmet GAI COA
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RAY LEWIS (Baltimore Ravens) Signed Autographed Framed Jersey w JSA COA 2
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Ray Lewis signed Baltimore Ravens 11 x 14 Photo - PSA DNA - Super Bowl XXXV MVP
$129.95

RAY LEWIS #52 PSA DNA SIGNED BALTIMORE RAVENS MINI HELMET CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
$129.95

RAY LEWIS signed BALTIMORE RAVENS mcfarlane JSA WITNESS coa jersey helmet W CASE
$150.00

RAY LEWIS RAVENS SIGNED OFFICIAL SUPER BOWL 47 XLVII LEATHER GAME FOOTBALL PSA
$399.99

Ray Lewis Mini Helmet PSA DNA COA Baltimore Ravens Signed Auto Autograph
$125.00

LENNOX LEWIS & RAY MERCER SIGNED AUTO PHOTO 8X10 HUGE FIGHT BOXING GLOVE PSA DNA
$40.00

RAY LEWIS #52 Signed MIAMI HURRICANES 8x10 photo + JSA COA P60989
$65.00

RAY LEWIS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BALTIMORE RAVENS F S AUTHENTIC PROLINE HELMET JSA
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ray lewis signed logo football gai certified
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RAY LEWIS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BALTIMORE RAVENS #52 WHITE JERSEY JSA
$199.00

Ray Lewis Signed Autographed University of Miami Mini Helmet PSA DNA
$90.00

RAY LEWIS AUTHENTIC SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO BALTIMORE RAVENS JSA COA
$129.95

RAY LEWIS SIGNED BALTIMORE RAVENS 15154 SUPER BOWL XXXV FOOTBALL "SB MVP" JSA
$299.99

1996 Scoreboard Ray Lewis Ravens RC Rookie Signed AUTO Autograph PSA DNA
$33.00
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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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