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Ray Rice Football Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Ray Rice

Date of Birth: 1/22/1987
Rookie Card Year: 2008
Investment Rating: 2.0


Whether Ray Rice ever plays in the NFL again likely won't matter when it comes to collecting his cards and memorabilia. His image is not forever tainted by domestic abuse, something there is never an excuse for. It's a dark cloud that's going to follow the once promising running wherever he ends up.

After playing for Rutgers, Ray Rice was picked by Baltimore in the second round of the 2008 draft. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in four of his first five seasons. During that time span, Rice was also selected for the Pro Bowl three times. Having signed a long-term deal with the Ravens prior to the 2012 season, he looks to be part of the franchise' s long-term plans.

There is no shortage of options when it comes to Ray Rice cards. He has more than three dozen rookie cards, which can range in price from a couple of dollars all the way up to hundreds. From a value perspective, 2008 Upper Deck Exquisite, 2008 Playoff National Treasures and 2008 SP Authentic are among the most expensive and coveted by collectors. For those on a tighter budget, 2008 Topps Chrome and 2008 Upper Deck are both nice cards.

Top Ray Rice Rookie Cards

2008 Topps Triple Threads Ray Rice RC #112 Autograph Jersey #/89

2008 TTT Ray Rice RC

Being serial numbered to just 89 total copies makes this one of Rice's most limited rookie cards. It features Triple Thread's patented three swatches of jersey and a sticker autograph in a horizontal layout.

2008 Playoff National Treasures Ray Rice RC #107 Autograph Patch #/99

2008 Playoff National Treasures Ray Rice RC

The large jersey patch, and on-card signature combine to deliver a solid choice for top RC. The vertical layout of the card lends itself nicely allowing for a sizable player image to be incorporated into the design. The card is serial numbered to 99.

2008 Upper Deck Exquisite Ray Rice RC #162 Autograph Patch #/199

2008 Exquisite Ray Rice RC

A beautiful card with all the bells and whistles a collector would expect; sizable multi-color jersey patch, on-card signature, serial numbering to 199 and a large player photo. The horizontal layout provides ample surface space for the various design elements.

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Rookie Cards

Ray Rice Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

Ray Rice Cards - 2008 Upper Deck RC

  • 2008 Bowman #186
  • 2008 Prestige #188
  • 2008 Score #374
  • 2008 SP Rookie Edition #146
  • 2008 Topps #352
  • 2008 Topps Kickoff #184
  • 2008 Topps Mayo #303
  • 2008 Topps Rookie Progression #200
  • 2008 Upper Deck #283
  • 2008 Upper Deck Draft Edition #85
  • 2008 Upper Deck First Edition #187
  • 2008 Upper Deck Heroes #185
  • 2008 Upper Deck Heroes #186

Mid-Range Rookie Cards

2008 Select Ray Rice RC

Premium Rookie Cards

2008 Playoff National Treasures Ray Rice RC

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Autograph Guide

Ray Rice Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

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

Ray Rice Cut Signature Exemplar

Ray Rice Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ray Rice 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. Classic cursive script is used through the signature; the pen lifts between first and last name
  3. The letter "R"'s sometimes vary in style but are usually equal in size
  4. The first "R" consists of a long first line that tails away to the left; that line is capped by the second at an upward angle of 45 degrees before beginning the down stroke
  5. The letter "a" is visible and often open at the top
  6. The "y" is clearly legible with a loop below the plane
  7. The second "R" is often more rushed and not always discernible
  8. The letters "i-c-e" are visible with the "e" typically closed and the "i" undotted

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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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