Rookie Card Year: 2007-08
Investment Rating: 8.0
Tuukka Rask has become a key piece on a deep Boston Bruins squad. After spending a couple of years in the shadow of Tim Thomas, the Finnish goalie has stepped up his game since Thomas decided to stay home. Now Thomas is gone, as are the distractions, and Rask is one of the NHL's elite goaltenders. Tuukka Rask cards are gaining lots of attention, and deservedly so.
Rask was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the team couldn't find a place for him, Rask was traded to the Bruins. After playing in just a handful of games in 2007-08 and 2008-09, he saw a lot of ice time in 2009-10. Rask was stellar in goal, notching a Goals Against Average of just 1.97. Although he'd shown up Vezina winner Tim Thomas, Rask continued to play behind the veteran for a couple of more years.
When Thomas opted to sit out the shortened 2012-13 season, Rask became Boston's undisputed man in net. He didn't disappoint, leading the NHL in shutouts and posting a GAA of exactly 2.00. More importantly, he's been a key part of getting the Bruins deep into the playoffs.
Tuukka Rask rookie cards are found in 2007-08 products. Most are limited in number and about half of them come with autographs and or memorabilia.
Top Tuukka Rask Rookie Cards
The vertical layout of Rask's rookie card from The Cup, combines a sizable player photo, multi-color jersey patch, on-card signature and serial numbering to 249 to present a cornerstone card for any Tuukka Rask player collection
Despite lacking any memorabilia and having a significantly higher print run than some of his other autographed rookie cards, the SP Authentic copy consistently competes with Rask's card from The Cup for top honors in terms of secondary market pricing.
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Tuukka Rask Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Tuukka Rask'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. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories to name a few. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Tuukka Rask Cut Signature Exemplar
Tuukka Rask Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tuukka Rask signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for, at least some of, the following signature features:
- The complex nature of his signature makes it hard to replicate.
- Very few letters if any are legible.
- The letter "T" is formed with a single line in dramatic fashion and starts with a vertical down stroke with a slight curve as it comes back upand to the right where the same line turns and extends back to the left, crossing the "T", the line then comes back around to the right and down slightly before ending
- The letter "R" is discernible with a large, elongated oval for the loop
- The end line of the "R" flows into an "A" which is tall and narrow with the two lines not fully crossed
- The number "40", his jersey, is often present
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