Rookie Card Year: 2007
Investment Rating: 6.0
Tim Lincecum is the ace of the San Francisco Giants pitching staff. He signed with the team after the Giants made him their first round selection pick (tenth overall) in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. However, that was not Linceum's first time being drafted. In the preceding two years, he had been drafted by both the Chicago Cubs (48th round) and the Cleveland Indians (42nd round), each time deciding to return to school and maintain his amateur eligibility. This proved to be a wise decision as his top-ten draft selection warranted a minimum guaranteed contract and made Lincecum a very wealthy young man. While he has had a somewhat extended rough spell, his early dominance has kept Tim Lincecum cards in demand.
He has at his disposal an amazing arsenal of six pitches that he can consistently throw for strikes: two-seam fastball, slider, change-up, curve, four-seam fast ball and a fork-ball. Despite his slight build at 5'11" and 175 lbs, he throws all of his pitches with good velocity. Already a multi-time All-Star, Cy Young Award Winner and World Series Champion, the upside to Lincecum is tremendous. He also tossed a no-hitter leading up to the 2013 All-Star break. Critics worry about his stamina and the ability to endure the grind of a 162-game season given his unorthodox delivery and mechanics. Evidently there was nothing to worry about as has amassed an impressive win-loss record and pitching line.
Tim Lincecum rookie cards were released in 2007. In addition to his cards, Lincecum's autographed items, particularly those related to the 2010 World Series, carry a premium. With two Cy Young Awards to his credit, the sky is the limit for his investment potential. His laid back personality and unique sense of style have also helped make him a hobby favorite. On the fast track to the Hall of Fame, another World Series Championship or Cy Young would almost ensure his induction to the halls of Cooperstown.
Top Tim Lincecum Rookie Cards
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Rookie Signatures Tim Lincecum RC #147 Autographed Letter Patches #/50
One of several letters that spell out either "RC," "Giants" or "Lincecum," each letter is serial numbered to 50 copies. Parallel versions do exist in lower quantities as well. Numbered as part of the short-printed rookie base set, these are true rookie cards. The manufactured (non-game used) letter patches are signed directly on the material.
2007 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Rookie Signatures Tim Lincecum RC #163 Autographed Jersey #/199
One of several autographed cards Lincecum has within the set, however, this is considered to be the only official rookie card as it is numbered as part of the base set. Serial numbered to 199 total copies it features a sticker autograph and a die-cut '2007' in which four pieces of jersey material are visible.
One of Lincecum's more limited rookie cards, the UD Black card contains a sticker autograph and a manufactured patch relic of an American flag used as part of the Pride of a Nation subset. The card is serial numbered to 99 total copies.
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Tim Lincecum Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Justin Lincecum'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, and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Tim Lincecum Cut Signature Exemplar
Tim Lincecum Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tim Lincecum signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- Sloppily written with no pride of penmanship it consists of nothing more than his illegible initials.
- The "T" resembles a curved "7" longer on the top than the vertical.
- The letter "L" is written with a large round loop that intersects the "T."
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