Fran Tarkenton Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Fran Tarkenton

Date of Birth: 2/3/1940
Rookie Card Year: 1962
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Fran Tarkenton football cards and autographed memorabilia are highly collectible as a result of his stellar playing days and notable post-retirement career in broadcasting. Drafted in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings in 1961, Tarkenton would make his pro debut later that season.

The nine-time Pro Bowler led his team to three NFC Championships and won the league's MVP award in 1975. Known for his mobility, Tarkenton changed the idea of quarterbacks simply being pocket passers.

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Fran Tarkenton's lone rookie card hails from the 1962 Topps Football set and is one of the famed short-printed cards. In addition to his base card, Tarkenton also has a Topps Bucks insert from the set. He also has food issue cards in 1962 Kahn's Football and 1962 Post Cereal.

Tarkenton's first autographed card was part of 1989 Goal Line Art Series 1.  His first memorabilia cards would be produced by multiple companies in the year 2000, most with print runs of 100 or fewer. A handful of these cards also include Tarkenton's autograph.

Fran Tarkenton has always been a willing in-person signer and is a frequent participant in autograph signing events. Despite bringing the Giants out of the league cellar, he is still best remembered as a Viking and it is those items that carry a premium.

Fran Tarkenton Rookie Cards

1962 Topps Fran Tarkenton RC #90

1962 Topps Fran Tarkenton RC #90

The 1962 Topps Football set is distinct and iconic for its layout and design. The horizontally oriented cards feature two images on the card front: a large, posed color image of the player and a smaller black and white game action shot. A bright yellow background and contrasting red lettering list the player's name, while smaller black text list his team and position.

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FRAN TARKENTON INSERT 28 799 LEAF LIMITED MINNESOTA 2004 FOOTBALL CARD
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1970 Topps Glossy #15 Fran Tarkenton EXMT+ J1026458
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1965 PHILADELPHIA #110 FRAN TARKENTON MINNESOTA VIKINGS HOF EX MT+
$25.00

7542* 1970 Topps # 80 Fran Tarkenton NM-MT
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1977 NFL Made TV Slide Transparency #72 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings HOFer
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2005 Donruss Classics Past and Present Gold #PP18 Fran Tarkenton Eli Manning
$7.20

1978 Topps #100 Fran Tarkenton Vikings (NM MT)
$6.70

1963 Kahn's Wiener Card Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Univer of Georgia Kahns
$115.00

1972 Media Kit Folder John Unitas Roman Gabriel Lamonica Fran Tarkenton Cuozzo
$14.99

1971 Topps #120 Fran Tarkenton EX MT U2125
$13.00

1967 PHILADELPHIA FB #106 FRAN TARKENTON VIKINGS EX EX+
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1968 Topps #161 Fran Tarkenton *NY Giants* PSA 8 NM-MT Cert #40374363
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1972 Topps Football #225 Fran Tarkenton excellent condtion
$5.95

1963 Topps 98 Fran Tarkenton EX #D55313
$25.25

1978 Topps #100 Fran Tarkenton HOF ACU-Card Proof Vault 1 1 Georgia Vikings ASA
$99.99

1978 Topps #100 Fran Tarkenton HOF ACU-Card Proof Vault 1 1 Georgia Vikings ASA
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Autograph Guide

Fran Tarkenton Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Fran Tarkenton 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.

Fran Tarkenton Cut Signature Exemplar

Fran Tarkenton Signature Exemplar

Fran Tarkenton Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Fran Tarkenton 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 very legible and even handed signature written on a nearly horizontal plane.
  2. The signature letters of 'F" and "T" are very similar in that the look like the numeral "7" with the only difference being the "F" is crossed with a horizontal line.
  3. The letter "r" is written with a slight rise and the "a" is closed, the "n" is small and wide.
  4. The letters of the last name are legible with the "k" looking like more of an "h."
  5. The "t" is written like a bow shape.
  6. The "o-n" are implied.

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FRAN TARKENTON HAND SIGNED 8x10 COLOR PHOTO NY GIANTS HOF QB JSA
$69.99

Fran Tarkenton "HOF 86" Signed 8x10 Vikings Photo Autographed PSA DNA #Z30913
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Fran Tarkenton "HOF 86" Signed Giants 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Hologram
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Fran Tarkenton "HOF 86" Signed Vikings 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Hologram
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FRAN TARKENTON NEW YORK GIANTS,GEORGIA,VIKINGS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED JERSEY
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS FRAN TARKENTON FRAMED SIGNED STAT JERSEY "HOF 86" JSA COA!!
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Francis Fran Tarkenton JSA COA Autographed Signed Stats Jersey JAMES SPENCE auto
$199.00

FRAN TARKENTON Signed Auto Minnesota Vikings 11x14 Photo JSA COA!
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Fran Tarkenton Carl Eller Ron Yary Signed Vikings Full Size PROLINE Helmet JSA
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FRAMED FRAN TARKENTON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED INSCR MINNESOTA VIKINGS JERSEY JSA COA
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FRAMED FRAN TARKENTON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED INSCR MINNESOTA VIKINGS JERSEY JSA COA
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Fran Tarkenton signed Minnesota Vikings HOF NFL Goal Line Art Card JSA #E40068
$61.06

FRAN TARKENTON MINNESOTA VIKINGS PSA DNA SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
$200.00

Fran Tarkenton SIGNED 8x10 Photo New York Giants PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$85.00

FRAN TARKENTON HAND SIGNED GEORGIA BULLDOGS MINI HELMET W JSA COA + INSCRIPTION
$129.99

FRAN TARKENTON HAND SIGNED GEORGIA BULLDOGS LOGO FOOTBALL W JSA COA + INSCRIPT
$169.99
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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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