Rookie Card Year: 1996
Investment Rating: 7.0
Terrell Owens rookie cards and autographed memorabilia continue to draw attention. A big reason is that he is a lock for the Hall of Fame. With a career stat line that includes 1,078 receptions, 15,934 yards, 153 touchdowns and six Pro-Bowl, it's easy to understand the demand for Owens' sports collectibles.
Terrell Owens has ten rookie cards that were released in various 1996 products. In addition to these are several inserts from first-year sets. Many of these are also popular with collectors. Owens' first certified autograph card can be found in 1997 Leaf Signatures Series. The card has a known print run of 3,000, however, it is not serial numbered.
His first memorabilia cards were issued in 1999. He has a game-used ball card in the 1999 Collector's Choice set. The other, is from a 1999 Playoff Contenders Game Day Souvenirs insert. Neither card is serial numbered and exact print runs are unknown.
Terrell Owens autographed memorabilia commands a premium on the secondary market. As a member of the NFL's 10,000 Yards Receiving Club, his signature is necessary on any footballs and other memorabilia pieces to be considered complete. Demand for his signature will rise with his eventual induction in the Hall of Fame.
Terrell Owens Rookie Card Checklist
This is one of Owens' more popular rookie cards. The Bowman's Best brand is printed on premium chromium card stock. Embossed accents add a nice bit of detail to the card.
This is very inexpensive rookie card for collectors on a budget. Since its debut, the Collector's Choice brand was intended to be an affordable brand. The casual photo helps it stand out.
Similar to Collector's Choice, this is a clean, no-frills card. As a result, it's extremely affordable and not tough to come by.
This card commands a premium despite Owens not being pictured in an NFL uniform. From a release timeline perspective, this was one of his first rookie cards on the market.
The die-cut design has been the calling card for the Pacific Crown Royale brand since its debut. Offering something out of the ordinary, it gave collectors something distinct at the time. This is one of the most popular Terrell Owens rookie cards.
The dynamic design was a big hit with collectors upon its release. Although not rare, it is one of the tougher Terrell Owen rookies to find. Invincible was considered one of Pacific's premium lines at the time.
This card is popular to submit for professional grading. If it returns with high marks, it can command a substantial premium. The bright colors make it distinct. The SP name also carries a lot of prestige, even if this isn't one of the top sets the brand has produced.
The Skybox brand has a niche following and is a moderately priced alternative to some of his other rookie cards. The full-bleed action shot is also something that isn't present on many of Owens' rookie cards.
The Stadium Club brand has always been well-respected. This card is no exception, although it falls on the cheaper end of the Terrell Owens rookie card spectrum.
This card is another popular Terrell Owens rookie card with a chromium design. 1996 Topps Finest Football does have a couple of quirks to it. Cards came with a plastic coating intended to protect the card's surface. The idea was collectors would peel these, but many didn't. Also, the base set is tiered into Bronze, Silver and Gold subsets. The Owens card is part of the Bronze tier, which is the most common.
Terrell Owens Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Terrell Owens 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, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
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Terrell Owens Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Terrell Owens 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 is written on an even horizontal plane.
- The two most dominant letters are the "T" and "O."
- The remaining letters in both the first and last name are attempted but not always legible.
- In his first name, the "e"s show no loop.
- The first "l" is smaller than the second.
- The "w" in in the last name is connected to the "O."
- It flows into the "e," again showing no loop.
- The "n" is implied by a line coming off the "e."
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