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.

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 1963 TOPPS FOOTBALL #98
$13.50

1971 TOPPS FRAN TARKENTON #120 * New York Giants HOF QB
$7.99

1970 TOPPS GLOSSY INSERT FRAN TARKENTON #15 .... New York Giants HOF quarterback
$12.99

1976 TOPPS #500 FRAN TARKENTON VGEX SURFACE SCRATCHES NICELY CENTERED *62226
$8.00

(2) 1964 FRAN TARKENTON #109 FOOTBALL CARDS - FAIR CONDITION - BOX CC
$89.99

2004 FLEER GREATS #GOT25 FRAN TARKENTON MINNESOTA VIKINGS HOF 565 1975 8044
$5.35

1975 Topps Fran Tarkenton Card # 400 Minnesota Vikings
$10.00

2004 LEAF RAY NITSCHKE FRAN TARKENTON DUAL GAME WORN JERSEY #D 50 RARE HOF
$49.99

1972 Topps Fran Tarkenton PSA 6 EX-MT
$19.99

1968 TOPPS FOOTBALL #161 FRAN TARKENTON PSA 7 GIANTS
$16.50

1973 Topps Fran Tarkenton #60 Minnesota Vikings U of Georgia Football
$12.00

Frank Tarkenton 2001 Fleer Game Time Fame GU Jersey Patch #'d 15 100 - VIKINGS
$34.99

1962 Topps Football #90 Fran Tarkenton Rookie Card PSA 5
$113.99

1976 Topps Fran Tarkenton Card # 500 Minnesota Vikings
$5.00

1965 philadelphia #110 FRAN TARKENTON minnesota vikings BGS BCCG 7
$15.00

1995 edge time warp REGGIE WHTIE fran tarkenton + GRAHAM +1988 PRO SET PROMO
$16.76
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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 Vikings 1962 Topps Rookie Card RC PSA Auto Signed HOF 86 Autograp
$199.99

Fran Tarkenton signed Minnesota Vikings HOF NFL Goal Line Art Card JSA #E40068
$77.95

FRAN TARKENTON Signed Auto Minnesota Vikings 11x14 Photo JSA COA!
$149.99

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 "HOF 86" Vikings Signed Football Autographed JSA Witness #W642034
$129.99

Fran Tarkenton Charley Trippi Signed Georgia Bulldogs F S Replica Helmet JSA
$199.00

FRAN TARKENTON GEORGIA BULLDOGS,VIKINGS JSA COA SIGNED JERSEY
$350.00

Fran Tarkenton Framed Stat Jersey Signed JSA COA Autographed Minnesota Vikings
$649.95

Fran Tarkenton Framed Jersey Signed JSA COA Autographed Minnesota Vikings
$649.95

Fran Tarkenton Carl Eller Ron Yary Signed Vikings Full Size PROLINE Helmet JSA
$449.99

Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings HOF 86 signed 16x20 Photo PSA DNA # Y35076
$129.99

Fran Tarkenton Signed 1989 HOF Goal Line Art Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z44346
$69.00

FRAN TARKENTON GEORGIA BULLDOGS THROWBACK JSA COA SIGNED FULL SIZE HELMET
$400.00

Fran Tarkenton SIGNED Sports Illustrated Print Vikings PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$125.00
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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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