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

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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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1974 Topps Dick Butkus Chicago Bears #230 Football Card
$8.00
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1974 DICK BUTKUS - Topps Football Card- # 230 - Chicago Bears - Vintage
$11.95
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1990 Swell Chicago Bears Set GALE SAYERS MIKE DITKA DICK BUTKUS GEORGE HALAS
$10.00
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1973 TOPPS FOOTBALL #300 DICK BUTKUS, CHICAGO BEARS, ILLINOIS, HOF, 030314
$8.05
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1974 TOPPS FOOTBALL #230 DICK BUTKUS, CHICAGO BEARS, ILLINOIS, HOF, 030314
$7.15
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1971 Topps Game FB #1 Dick Butkus HOF PSA 8(MC) NM - MT
$7.95
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1999 UD Legends Chicago Bears Set WALTER PAYTON GALE SAYERS DICK BUTKUS LUCKMAN
$14.00
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1995 Collectors Edge Gold Emmitt Smith Cowboys Dick Butkus Time Warp 10 Cards
$12.99
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2003 Leaf Limited Double Threads Mike Singletary Dick Butkus Jersey Card #84 100
$14.99
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2006 Leaf Certified Dick Butkus Mirror Blue Immortals Jersey 39 50 Chicago Bears
$29.99
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2008 UD Masterpieces #91 Adrian Peterson Dick Butkus
$5.10
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Dick Butkus 1970 Topps Base Card #190 - PSA 5 EX - CHICAGO BEARS
$22.49
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Dick Butkus Sports Heroes, Feats & Facts Sheet #17 (Chicago Bears)
$7.49
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1971 Topps #25 Dick Butkus VGEX D396041
$5.10
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1971 Topps #25 Dick Butkus EX D396039
$7.23
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1971 Topps #25 Dick Butkus VGEX D533556
$5.10
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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

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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 Photograph Pricing:

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DICK BUTKUS GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPH HAND SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS FULL SIZE HELMET PSA
$429.99
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DICK BUTKUS HAND SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS AUTHENTIC FULL SIZE PRO HELMET HOF 79 PSA
$459.99
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THE BEST!! Dick Butkus Signed CHICAGO BEARS Classic 11x14 Photo PSA DNA
$99.51
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Dick Butkus (HOF '79) Signed Art Print (18 100) w COA (PSA, JSA GUARANTEED)
$149.99
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Dick Butkus Signed Index Card - PSA DNA
$39.00
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Dick Butkus Signed Book - PSA DNA
$59.00
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Dick Butkus signed baseball PSA DNA COA Chicago Bears Monsters of the Midway
$129.99
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Dick Butkus signed football Chicago Bears Soldier Field HOF JSA COA
$59.99
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CHICAGO BEARS HOF DICK BUTKUS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CARD JSA CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC
$49.99
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1974 Topps Football Card # 230 SIGNED DICK BUTKUS Chicago Bears HOF JSA COA
$59.95
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Dick Butkus HOF Signed Autographed Navy Blue Jersey with JSA
$199.00
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Dick Butkus Signed 1970 Sport Magazine JSA COA
$70.00
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DICK BUTKUS SIGNED FOOTBALL CHICAGO BEARS PSA DNA
$129.95
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Lawrence Taylor Dick Butkus signed 16x20 photo autograph Jsa hologram
$139.00
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Dick Butkus Signed 2000 Upper Deck Legends # 5 PSA DNA Certified Auto Autograph
$35.00
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VERY RARE Dick Butkus PSA DNA Signed Handprint 820 of 1000 Bears w COA
$119.99
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