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.

Top eBay Listings

1972 TOPPS NO. 170 DICK BUTKUS CHICAGO BEARS PSA 8 NM-MT (OC)
$79.99

2008 UD Masterpieces #91 Adrian Peterson Dick Butkus
$10.00

1990 Football Card News #7 Dick Butkus - Chicago Bears NEAR MINT - SCARCE
$7.99

1968 Dick Butkus Topps Football Card #127 Graded Beckett Graded 3.5
$24.95

DICK BUTKUS 2012 LIMITED LEGEND #122 SPOTLIGHT GOLD 3 25 BEARS (F1571)
$9.99

1960s Dick Butkus Football Card Chicago Bears Nice condition
$25.49

1971 Topps #25 Dick Butkus, Chicago Bears
$7.95

1972 NFLPA FOOTBALL CARD VINYL STICKER-Dick Butkus-Chicago Bears
$20.00

1970 Topps Set Break #190 Dick Butkus EX-EXMINT I16055
$5.56

2011 PANINI GOLD STANDARD #13 DICK BUTKUS JERSEY CHICAGO BEARS HOF 76 99 0294
$26.95

2014 Panini Immaculate DICK BUTKUS AUTO Pro Bowl 4 8 BEARS HOF
$58.00

1973 Topps CHICAGO BEARS team set--Dick Butkus!!
$24.99

2004 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures Dick Butkus Auto 05 25
$99.95

1966 Philadelphia Football #31 Dick Butkus Rookie RC HOF Bears PSA 6 EX-MT
$202.49

Lot of 1979 Topps Football plus 1971 Dick Butkus
$25.00

1972 TOPPS DICK BUTKUS HOF #170 PSA 8 CENTERED
$54.99
« Previous1234

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."

Dick Butkus Signed Football Pricing:

Active Listings for Dick Butkus Signed Footballs

Dick Butkus Signed Football

Dick Butkus Signed Jersey Pricing:

Active Listings for Dick Butkus Signed Jerseys

Dick Butkus Signed Jersey

Dick Butkus  Signed Helmet Pricing:

Active Listings for Dick Butkus  Signed Helmets

Dick Butkus Signed Helmet

Dick Butkus Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Dick Butkus  Signed Photographs

Dick Butkus Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Dick Butkus Signed Chicago Bears Blue Jersey Vertical 16x20 Photo Steiner COA
$209.99

Dick Butkus Signed Chicago Bears Throwback Mini Helmet Steiner COA
$209.99

Dick Butkus signed Chicago Bears 1998 Fan Convention football card Psa Dna
$60.00

THE BEST!! Dick Butkus Signed CHICAGO BEARS Classic 11x14 Photo PSA DNA
$99.51

1974 Topps Football Card # 230 SIGNED DICK BUTKUS Chicago Bears HOF JSA COA
$59.95

DICK BUTKUS signed Full-Size U of I FIGHTING ILLINI Helmet w PSA COA
$299.95

Dick Butkus Signed Autographed Chicago Bears 8x10 Photo "HOF 79" TRISTAR
$89.97

Dick Butkus Signed Autographed Chicago Bears 8x10 Photo Inscribed HOF 79 TRISTAR
$89.97

Dick Butkus Signed Autographed Chicago Bears B W 8x10 Photo "HOF 79" TRISTAR
$89.97

Dick Butkus Signed Index Card - PSA DNA
$39.00

Dick Butkus signed autograph auto ROOKIE 1966 Philadelphia #31 PSA Slabbed
$273.75

Lawrence Taylor Dick Butkus signed 16x20 photo autograph Jsa hologram
$125.10

DICK BUTKUS SIGNED JERSEY AUTO FRAMED SUEDE MATTING JSA COA CHICAGO BEARS
$699.99

DICK BUTKUS SIGNED 1972 NFLPA 1 1 PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$43.00

DICK BUTKUS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1971 TOPPS CARD #25 - PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$90.00

DICK BUTKUS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1971 TOPPS GAME CARDS #1 - PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$75.00
« Previous1234

More Info

For general information about Dick Butkus as well as his player statistics, visit:


 |  E-Mail Author | 
Rob Bertrand is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby. He is one of the site's most accomplished writers, as well as the co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio. You can follow him on Twitter @VOTC.

Leave a Comment:

MENU