Since his 2005-06 debut, Sidney Crosby has been one of the most dynamic players in hockey. Collectors have noticed, putting Sidney Crosby cards near the top of the hobby. As Crosby continues to pile up the hardware, one can see a legend in the making skating in Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby rookie cards have become legendary as well, and his top options are documented below.
Taken first overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canadian stud quickly made an impression and ultimately finished second in the race for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Since then, he has been one of the best players in the NHL, only slowed by injuries and a history of concussions.
The following guide identifies the best Sidney Crosby rookie cards for collectors to acquire. See his full rookie card checklist and other notable collecting options in our Sidney Crosby player profile.
Top 10 Sidney Crosby Rookie Cards
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The old-fashioned look of 2005-06 Upper Deck Artifacts makes this Sidney Crosby rookie stand out at number ten on the list. With a print run of 750, it's a relatively difficult find for collectors in a product that usually flies under the radar.
Pulling Crosby from a box of Black Diamond is literally like finding a diamond in the rough. This card comes from a product that only features a couple of rookies per box. While the print run isn’t known, it still fetches a lot on the secondary market.
Although the 2005-06 Upper Deck Trilogy rookie isn't quite as beloved as some other Sidney Crosby rookie cards, its limited print run helps make it one of the young superstar's top base cards.
The 2005-06 Upper Deck Hockey Sidney Crosby is probably his most recognizable and widely collected rookie card. Despite not being numbered or offering a signature or even a relic, Young Guns have been a staple of the flagship brand for years and this will always be a hobby favorite.
While Hot Prospects was one Upper Deck’s lower-priced products in 2005-06, there are still some great treasures to be found. One of those is this Sidney Crosby rookie card that features an autograph and jersey swatch. A great addition to your collection, it won't break the bank as much as some of the other autographed rookies for "The Kid."
Coming out of one of the most expensive products of the season, 2005-06 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection showcases a limited number of Sidney Crosby rookie autographs. The on-card autograph, low print run and high-end price point make it one of the key options for collectors.
The 2005-06 SPx rookie may not be the prettiest card on the list, but it's one of the few autographed memorabilia cards Crosby had in his rookie year. Because the more limited print run makes it harder to find, collectors have responded with high secondary market values.
SP Authentic is extremely popular with rookie card collectors and having Crosby in the set only amplifies the interest for the 2005-06 edition. Although not the rarest Sidney Crosby rookie, the brand recognition bolsters its popularity as does the on-card signature.
An iconic card of its own, 2005-06 Upper Deck Ice is the most valuable of the non-autographed Sidney Crosby rookie cards. With just 99 copies available, it's also one the most sought-after among all his releases. Although the 2005-06 Upper Deck Young Guns card may be the most recognizable, many collectors would rather have Ice in their collections. There is something about those Ice Premieres and their acetate stock that makes collectors smile and the high values surely help, as well.
The "Holy Grail" of all Sidney Crosby cards is his 2005-06 The Cup rookie, which has both an on-card autograph and a patch piece. Coming from the most expensive product in hockey, it is also one of the rarest of all his rookie cards. The 2005-06 Upper Deck The Cup Sidney Crosby can fetch numbers that few athletes can ever hope to achieve. You want to buy it? Be prepared to put down the same amount of money as you might for a new car.
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