Rookie Card Year: 2000
Investment Rating: 5.0 (Average)
Roy Oswalt's 13-year MLB career came to its conclusion upon the announcement of his retirement in February of 2014. His success on the mound was exemplary given that his career paralleled the much publicized "Steroid Era." Drafted in 1996 by the Houston Astros, he made an immediate impact on the team upon his arrival to the big leagues in 2001 where he racked up 14 wins to just three losses. Much like his career, ROy Oswalt cards and memorabilia went under the radar during his playing days. And while his items will likely never be worth a lot, Oswalt will likely be looked at with fondness and appreciation a few years down the line.
Oswalt's prime came between 2005 and 2007 where he was an All-Star each year. He helped the club reach the World Series in 2005. His career statistics will leave him short of the Hall of Fame, but he will always be remembered as a tremendous pitch. His career stats include a win-loss record of 163-102, a 3.36 ERA and 1,852 strikeouts. Besides the Astros, Oswalt spent time with Philadelphia, Texas and Colorado.
Roy Oswalt has just five rookie cards, all which come from sets released in 2000. None of his rookie cards are autographed but he has had several autographed cards produced throughout his career.
Roy Oswalt Rookie Card Checklist
A simple design dominated by the player image, Oswalt is featured in a posed pitching stance sometime during spring training. The card features a facsimile signature.
Featuring the popular Chrome technology, the card is virtually identical to his basic Bowman rookie card. The chromium card is much more popular though and comes with a Refractor parallel.
By far, this is the most popular, and rarest, Roy Oswalt rookie card. Limited to 1,600 serial numbered copies, it features a vertical layout with an action photo and an additional photo, an inset close up of Oswalt's face cropped from the main image. This card can be found in 2000 Upper Deck Rookie Update packs.
Featuring Oswalt in his Team USA gear, the card has the added bonus of including a swatch of game-used jersey from his time with the national team. This card can be found in 2000 Upper Deck Black Diamond Rookie Edition.
Depicting Oswalt as a member of the USA National team, this is a very reasonably priced Roy Oswalt rookie card. One might argue that nearly all Oswalt cards are affordable, but this one is especially so.
Roy Oswalt Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Roy Oswalt'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, and Mounted Memories.
Roy Oswalt Cut Signature Exemplar:
Roy Oswalt Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Roy Oswalt signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- The signature exhibits an overall consistency that feels rushed with only a few letters being clearly discernible.
- The entire signature tilts to the right about 45 degrees and is signed on an even horizontal plane.
- The letter "R" exhibits a loop that resembles a "D" with a line tailing back to the left that does not touch the vertical back line, and the second "hump" line is very tiny and followed by a "." implying the letters "o-y."
- The "O" in Oswalt is equal in size to the "R" but does not make a complete closure.
- The letters "l" and "t" are legible with the "t" looking like a crossed "l."
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