Dick Butkus Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Dick Butkus

Date of Birth: 12/9/1942
Rookie Card Year: 1966
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

Few people in football caused outright fear in opposing players but that's what helped set Dick Butkus apart from his peers. The hard-hitting middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears' Monsters of the Midway was a punishing defender. His play on the field earned him a reputation as a tough guy and collectors love tough guys. Because of this fact, Dick Butkus cards and autographed memorabilia have earned a place of honor in many collections.

The Dick Butkus rookie card can be found in 1966 Philadelphia Football, which is considered by many football card collectors to be one of the top vintage sets of all-time. Player collectors can also pursue the highly collectible Coke Caps from 1965 and 1966 that feature Butkus.

1991 Pro Line Portraits Football was responsible for producing many football players' first autograph cards. Butkus is one of them. Collectors would have to wait for several years for his first memorabilia cards. These came in 2002 in three different products: Donruss Classics, Donruss Elite and Leaf Certified.

Dick Butkus is a frequent guest at numerous autograph signing events around the country. As a result his memorabilia is plentiful. Thankfully, due to his popularity, demand remains strong helping to ensure future collectible value of his autographed memorabilia.

Dick Butkus Rookie Card

1966 Philadelphia Dick Butkus RC #31

1966 Philadelphia #31 Dick Butkus RC

The design of the 1966 Philadelphia football cards is a classic. It features a close-up posed three-quarters profile photograph and is framed by white borders. The masthead at the top of the card includes the player's name, team and position as well as the official NFL shield logo. It was the first time it was used on a trading card.

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1972 Topps #170 Dick Butkus - NM
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1970 TOPPS SUPER CHICAGO BEARS DICK BUTKUS FOOTBALL CARD #14
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1973 Topps #300 Dick Butkus READ Chicago Bears Football Card 0k7
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1971 Topps #25 Dick Butkus Chicago Bears Football Card 0k7
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1971 Topps #25 Dick Butkus Chicago Bears Football Card 0y3
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1971 Topps #25 Dick Butkus Chicago Bears Football Card 0q2
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1971 Topps John Unitas #1 1971 Topps Dick Butkus #25 Football Cards Lot HOF
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1968 Topps #127 Dick Butkus Chicago Bears RC Rookie Football Card 1f1
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1971 Topps #25 Dick Butkus NM L8989
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2003 Leaf Limited Bronze Spotlight #11 Dick Butkus 150 Chicago Bears Card 0f3
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1997 Upper Deck NFL Legends Marquee Matchups #MM17 Paul Hornung Dick Butkus 1f1
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1970 Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars #10 Dick Butkus Chicago Bears Football Card 0f5
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2011 Panini Gold Standard Platinum #105 Dick Butkus 25 Chicago Bears Card 3c9
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Dick Butkus 2011 Panini Limited Legends Jersey 45 99 Patch Bears HOF Mint
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CLYDE "BULLDOG" TURNER MIKE SINGLETARY DICK BUTKUS 06 CLASSICS JERSEY CARD # 100
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1971 Topps #25 Dick Butkus READ Chicago Bears Football Card 0m0
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Autograph Guide

Dick Butkus Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Dick Butkus autograph 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, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Dick Butkus Cut Signature Exemplar

Dick Butkus Signature Example

Dick Butkus Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Dick Butkus  signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. A fairly legible and even handed signature written on an even horizontal plane with a distinct lean to the right.
  2. The letter "D" is defined by the fact that it is not a fully closed letter and contains what can be described as a very narrow cursive "l."
  3. The "i" is dotted but not always over the letter.
  4. The "c" often does not make a curl, making it look much like the previous letter "i."
  5. The "k" is discernible but not fully written.
  6. The "B" is very legible with a small loop loop on top and larger on the bottom.
  7. The "u" is legible as is the "t" which often has a crossed "l" look to it.
  8. The "k" is once again discernible as is the "u" and "s."

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Dick Butkus Hot! signed Chicago Bears HOF 8x10 photo PSA DNA cert
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DICK BUTKUS SIGNED CUSTOM FULL SIZE THROWBACK BEARS TK HELMET - PSA CERTIFIED
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Dick Butkus Signed FDC 6.5x3.75 Inches Autographed Bears PSA DNA Z21258
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Dick Butkus SIGNED Wilson Authentic Throwback Duke Football - JSA Witness BEARS
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Dick Butkus Signed HOF Postcard Bears PSA DNA Slabbed
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DICK BUTKUS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED FRAMED CHICAGO BEARS JERSEY JSA #WP025240
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DICK BUTKUS CHICAGO BEARS AUTOGRAPHED FULL SIZE FS HELMET JSA COA SIGNED
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DICK BUTKUS MIKE SINGLETARY SIGNED BEARS FULL SIZE PRO AUTHENTIC HELMET PSA DNA
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Dick Butkus And Gale Sayers Dual auto Signed B&W 8x10 Photo JSA COA Chicago
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Dick Butkus signed autographed Chicago Bears HOF 8x10 photo PSA DNA Cert
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DICK BUTKUS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS 8X10 PHOTO (HORIZONTAL) HOF TRISTAR
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DICK BUTKUS,EARL CAMPBELL,GALE SAYERS 19 SIGS JSA COA SIGNED FULL SIZE HELMET
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DICK BUTKUS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS 8X10 PHOTO TRISTAR
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GALE SAYERS DICK BUTKUS HAND SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS FULL SIZE HELMET HOF PSA DNA
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DICK BUTKUS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS BLUE JERSEY "HOF" PSA DNA
$199.99
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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