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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DICK BUTKUS 1971 Kellogg's 3-D Football #39 - BEARS
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Dick Butkus Urlacher 2009 Donruss Threads Prime Materials 3 Color GU Patch 49 50
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1995 CHICAGO BEARS TOPPS FOOTBALL TEAM SET BONUS CARDS GALE SAYERS DICK BUTKUS
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1968 TOPPS #127 DICK BUTKUS BEARS NM MT B07245
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1971 Topps Dick Butkus Chicago Bears #25 Football Card
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(90) ct 1996 CE President's Reserve Steve Bono Dick Butkus Time Warp PROMO Bears
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1971 TOPPS DICK BUTKUS 2-CARD LOT SET FILLERS CHICAGO BEARS HOF
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1973 TOPPS #300 DICK BUTKUS PSA 10 GEM MINT LOW POP HOF BEARS FIGHTING ILLINI
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Dick Butkus 1993 Score Autograph Insert (0541 3000) Chicago Bears
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Dick Butkus 2011 Timeless Treasures Autograph (11 25) Chicago Bears #109 Donruss
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Dick Butkus 2011 Timeless Treasures Jersey (104 250) Chicago Bears #109 Panini
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1968 Topps 127 Dick Butkus EX-MT #D271481
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1966 Philadelphia Dick Butkus Bears RC PSA 7
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2006 CLASSICS LEGENDS #236 DICK BUTKUS #292 1000 - CHICAGO BEARS
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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 Signed 1970 Sport Magazine JSA COA
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DICK BUTKUS CHICAGO BEARS HOF '79 1992 PROLINE SIGNED AUTOGRAPH W JSA
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DICK BUTKUS CHICAGO BEARS FULL SIZE PROLINE SIGNED HELMET JSA M.M. A.P.E. AUTH
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Dick Butkus, Signed photo w insc..HOF 79! Professional Sports, PSA DNA.
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DICK BUTKUS Signed Chicago Bears Action 8x10 Photo w HOF 79 - TRISTAR
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