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Duke Autographed Cards

by David Graybeal
98-99 Autographics Danny Ferry
98-99 Autographics
Danny Ferry

The quantity of sports card brands have grown dramatically over the last decade causing many collector's to change the way in which they collect cards. In the 1980's it was relatively affordable to collect all brands of all sports. That is now impossible. Personally, I collect a little of every sport, but I can no longer afford to collect everything like I did as a teenager in the 80's. I have focused my collecting on my favorite team, the Duke Blue Devils. This too is beginning to be impossible with players such as Grant Hill, but at least it helps keep collecting fun.

One area that I find exciting is collecting the autographed cards. The draft pick sets in the early 90's started the trend of inserting limited edition autographed cards in their packs. It's interesting how the draft pick companies seem to come and go, but the autographs remain and are becoming even more popular.


Star Pics

In 1990 Star Pics became the first company to produce draft pick cards and also started the trend of inserting autographed cards. The auto cards are the same as the regular series cards except they are autographed on the back and have a certified signature sticker from Star Pics. The 1990 Star Pics set contains three Duke players - Alaa Abdelnaby, Danny Ferry and Phil Henderson. I am not sure how scarce these cards are, but find them pretty difficult to locate. They are each valued at about $15.00. The 1992 Star Pics set also contained autographed cards of Brian Davis, Mike Krzyzewski and Christian Laettner.



90 Star Pics #6 Alaa Abdelnaby 90 Star Pics #18 Phil Henderson 92 Star Pics #15 Mike Krzyzewski
90 Star Pics #6 90 Star Pics #18 92 Star Pics #15
Alaa Abdelnaby Phil Henderson Mike Krzyzewski



92-93 Classic Four Sport Auto Christian Laettner
92-93 Classic Four Sport
Auto Christian Laettner

Classic/Scoreboard

Classic became the standard for draft pick sets in the early 90's. They had a basketball set as well as a Four-Sport (or Five-Sport) set which contained basketball, football, baseball and hockey draft picks. Christian Laettner appeared in the 1992 basketball and four-sport set. The Four-Sport card is valued at $40.00 while the Classic Draft Pick auto is not catalogued. Others to appear in Classic sets are Antonio Lang in 1994's four-sport, Erik Meek in 1995's basketball, and Cherokee Parks in 1995's basketball and five-sport. Signature Rookies also produced a number of draft picks sets which contained Cherokee Parks autographs in 1995.



92-93 Classic Draft Picks Christian Laettner 94-95 Classic Four Sport Antonio Lang 95-96 Classic Rookies Autograph Edition Erik Meek
92-93 Draft Pick 94-95 Four Sport 95-96 Auto Edition
Christian Laettner Antonio Lang Eric Meek
 
95-96 Classic Rookies Autograph Edition Cherokee Parks 95-96 Classic 5-Sport Auto Cherokee Parks 95-96 Signature Rookies Tetrad #13 Cherokee Parks
95-96 Classic Auto Edition 95-96 Classic 5-Sport Auto 95-96 SR Tetrad #13
Cherokee Parks Cherokee Parks Cherokee Parks
 
95-96 SR Signiture Prime #28 Cherokee Parks 95-96 SR Tetrad Autobilia #8 Cherokee Parks 95-96 Signature Rookies Autobilia #12 Cherokee Parks
95-96 SR Signature Prime #28 95-96 SR Tetrad Autobilia #8 95-96 SR Autobilia #12
Cherokee Parks Cherokee Parks Cherokee Parks



95-96 Press Pass Auto #12 Cherokee Parks
95-96 Press Pass Auto
#12 Cherokee Parks
97-98 Press Pass Jeff Capel
97-98 Press Pass
Jeff Capel

Press Pass

While Classic was the standard for the early 90's, Press Pass has become the standard for the late 90's. Players to be included in Press Pass sets include Cherokee Parks in 1995, Jeff Capel in 1997, and Roshown McLeod in 1998. All of these are shown below. Press Pass has signed Elton Brand for exclusive rights to his photo and autograph in any Draft Pick sets. William Avery and Trajan Langdon also appear in this year's Press Pass issue.

98-99 Press Pass Auto Roshown McLeod 98-99 Press Pass Double Threat Rookie Scripts Auto Roshown McLeod 98-99 Press Pass Authentics Auto Roshown McLeod
98-99 Press Pass 98-99 Double Threat Rookie 98-99 Authentics Sterling
Roshown McLeod Scripts Roshown McLeod Roshown McLeod
99-00 Press Pass #11 Standout Signature William Avery 99-00 Press Pass #1 Elton Brand 99-00 Press Pass #10 Trajan Langdon
99-00 Standout Signature #11 99-00 Press Pass #1 99-00 Press Pass #10
William Avery Elton Brand Trajan Langdon



98-99 SAGE Red #A31 Roshown McLeod
98-99 SAGE Red #A31
Roshown McLeod
98-99 SAGE Gold #A31 Roshown McLeod
98-99 SAGE Gold #A31
Roshown McLeod

SA-GE

SA-GE began issuing draft pick sets in 1998. Their primary purpose is to distribute autograph cards by containing one in every pack. SA-GE stands for Sequentially #'d Autographed Guaranteed Every pack. Many levels with different quantities are produced. These include Red ( 999), Bronze ( 650), Silver ( 400), Gold ( 200), Platinum ( 50) and Master Edition (1). The 1998 set included Roshown McLeod. The Red and Gold versions are shown here. The 1999 set will include William Avery, Trajan Langdon and Corey Maggette.



UD Ionix Authentic Roshown McLeod


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