Rookie Card Year: 2001
Investment Rating: 9.0
Few players have seen the highs and lows that Tiger Woods has experienced as a professional golfer. The same can be said for the popularity of many key Tiger Woods rookie cards and memorabilia options. Tiger Woods autographs are among the most coveted in all of sports, right up there with Michael Jordan. Deals with Nike and Upper Deck have limited the availability of his autographed memorabilia, thereby preserving the value of his items, even with his peak years behind him.
Almost single-handedly, Woods made golf items worth collecting again. He transcended the sport and fans bought up anything that had his name or autograph. As Woods tore through tournaments, it was a foregone conclusion that he would go on to break virtually every major PGA record. Unfortunately, both injuries and personal issues largely derailed his career. Even though he's not as dominant as he once was, Tiger Woods rookie cards, autographs and other memorabilia are showing their staying power.
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Tiger Woods Rookie Card Checklist
Many will debate which cards are Tiger Woods rookie cards. 1996 SI for Kids was the first, but it was part of a perforated sheet found in a magazine. The Grand Slam Ventures card was part of a box set but it had reprints in ensuing years. The Upper Deck and SP Authentic Tiger Woods cards are the first to be inserted in traditional packs. It's important for collectors, especially in instances like these, to use their own preferences. There are valid arguments for all four cards listed below.
Sports Illustrated has the distinction of producing the first recognized Tiger Woods golf card. While this might seem like a good thing, SI went as far as to write letters to card grading companies asking that they stop grading any of the cards because they hadn't intended for them to be collected as trading cards. A bizarre reaction to be sure, but likely brought about because they didn't want to risk having to pay Woods sizable licensing fees. Whatever their reasoning, the collecting community sure appreciates their contribution to the Tiger Woods rookie card scene. The 1996 Sports Illustrated for Kids Tiger Woods release is his most sought-after card that doesn't boast an autograph.
The ugly duckling of Tiger Woods rookie cards, this card was distributed as part of the 63-card 1997-98 Grand Slam Ventures The Masters Collection box set, which featured a card of every Masters winner between 1934 and 1998. Though without the benefit of a strong brand behind it, it has still amassed quite a following in the collecting community as a viable mid-range Tiger Woods rookie card.
The 2001 SP Authentic Tiger Woods card is autographed and numbered to 900. The card image evokes the calm and collected player that dominated the sport for so many years. Although he is not wearing the iconic red polo that both intimated other golfers and excited fans and collectors, this Tiger Woods rookie card shows him entering the prime of his career. The simple yet modern design is further enhanced by the on-card autograph.
The 2001 Upper Deck Golf Tiger Woods rookie card presents a reasonably priced option for those looking to buy a meaningful Tiger Woods card that won't break the bank. Woods is wearing the aforementioned red shirt typical of "Sunday Tiger" and is in the middle of a celebration after sinking a putt. From a design perspective, the card has a dated look, especially when viewed in comparison to the SP Authentic card.
Tiger Woods Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Tiger Woods' 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. Tiger Woods has exclusive autograph deals through Nike and Upper Deck. However, he is a willing signer on tour and therefore has many autographed items available on the secondary market other than those signed as part of his deals with the aforementioned companies. It is recommended that collectors look for items that have been authenticated by one of the reputable authentication companies if purchasing non-Upper Deck or Nike items.
Tiger Woods Cut Signature Exemplar
Tiger Woods Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tiger Woods 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 entire signature is written on an even horizontal plane with a care of penmanship clearly displayed.
- A distinct signature using cursive the letters "T" and "W" are prominent and distinct.
- The "T" consists of a curved line flowing up and into a vertical downstroke.
- The letter "i" is implied by a haphazardly paced dot nowhere near where the actual letter would be.
- The second letter visible is a "g" with a bottom loop.
- The letter's "e-r" are small but represented.
- A swooping up and around line off of the "r" helps to creates the letter "W."
- The pen lifts and the letters "o-o" are implied.
- The letter "d" exhibits in a manner that it resembles an "l" and has no loop.
- The letter "s" looks more like his "e" and finishes with a flair line trailing to the right.
Tiger Woods Signed Golf Ball Pricing
Tiger Woods Signed Golf Flag Pricing
Tiger Woods Signed Photograph Pricing
The Tiger Woods brand has become an internationally recognizable trademark. Included in the portfolio of products to which his name is attached are everything from Nike Golf Apparel to Titleist Signature Golf Balls to commemorative figures and other custom collectibles. Presented here is a Tiger Woods shopping guide to help you in choosing an appropriate gift and/or collectible.
Tiger Woods Figure Guide
Upper Deck created four figures of Tiger Woods under the brand name Pro Shots. Constructed of a durable PVC polymer and designed using the latest in 3D modeling technology, the result, are some of the most realistic looking action figures available in the genre. The 6" inch figures were designed to capture the competitive emotion of Woods' play along with commemorating specific events in Tiger Woods' historic career. The figures themselves are packaged in a 3D diorama and include a limited edition trading card. The four figures were released in two different series between 2008 and 2009.
Tiger Woods Pro Shots Series 1 - Figures I and II
Tiger's demonstrative and unbridled passion for the game has created iconic images throughout the years. The first figures capture two such moments that have become a staple in the body language repertoire of Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods Pro Shots Series 2 - Figures III and IV
Tiger Woods won his first major title at the 1997 Masters. He not only won, but scored a tournament-record 18-under par 270. Tiger also became the youngest Masters champion ever at the age of just 21. Figure III commemorates this grand occasion. The final figure in the series shows Wood's exhibiting a classic follow through swing, in perfect form.
Tiger Woods Golf Ball Guide
Tiger's name and facsimile signature have been affixed to dozens of golf balls commemorating specific tournaments and events during his stellar career. Numerous companies have also used Tiger's likeness and signature on promotional balls as well. Additionally, Wood's has a signature line of Titleist and Nike golf balls.
Tiger Woods Commemorative Nike Golf Balls 129th Open Championship
Tiger Woods Commemorative Nike Golf Balls US Open Championship
Tiger Woods Commemorative Titleist Golf Balls Set
Tiger Woods Apparel and Equipment Guide
The athletic shoe and apparel company, Nike, wasted little time in partnering with Tiger Woods to develop a full line of athletic apparel and casual wear. The company eventually expanded their Tiger Woods collection with the production of clubs including putters, irons and drivers. The company also carries a full line of accessories bearing Tiger Woods' signature logo.
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