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 Image

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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1970 Topps #80 Fran Tarkenton Ex
$7.65
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Fran Tarkenton + 19 Different Football Players (All Serial # Cards - Lot #2)
$21.95
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1970 FRAN TARKENTON - Topps Football Card -# 80 - Minnesota Vikings - Vintage
$10.95
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1973 Topps #60 Fran Tarkenton Vikings HOF Football Card
$5.99
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1969 Topps CINCINNATI BENGALS Team Set HEADRICK John STOFA Frank BUNCOM Free Sh
$15.99
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FRAN TARKENTON 1963 Topps 98 graded BVG 6.5 (only 6 graded higher) 2nd year
$75.00
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Fran Tarkenton New York Giants 1970 Topps #80 EX Georgia Bulldogs
$10.00
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Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings 1967 Philadelphia #106 EX+ Georgia Bulldogs
$15.00
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1963 Topps Minnesota Vikings Team Set of 12 #98-109 Fran Tarkenton J Marshall RC
$99.99
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1972 Topps 225 Fran Tarkenton NM #D159463
$13.25
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FRAN TARKENTON 1978 TOPPS CARD #100 PSA EX-MT 6 VIKINGS HALL OF FAME
$6.00
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1971 Topps Football Fran Tarkenton New York Giants # 120
$6.99
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1962 Topps FB #90 Fran Tarkenton Vikings (RC)(SP) VG EX
$38.50
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FRAN TARKENTON 2000 00 FLEER GREATS OF THE GAME FEEL THE GAME USED JERSEY SP
$29.99
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2006 leaf limited Fran Tarkenton auto jersey #25
$28.95
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1973 TOPPS #60 FRAN TARKENTON MINNESOTA VIKINGS HOF 3304A
$7.15
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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

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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 Signed Photograph Pricing:

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FRAN TARKENTON MINNESOTA VIKINGS,GEORGIA,HOF JSA COA SIGNED FULL SIZE HELMET
$325.00
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HERSCHEL WALKER,FRAN TARKENTON GEORGIA BULLDOG JSA COA SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
$450.00
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FRAN TARKENTON VIKINGS,UGA JSA COA SIGNED MINI HELMET
$120.00
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FRAN TARKENTON SIGNED AUTO GEORGIA BULLDOGS RED JERSEY JSA AUTOGRAPHED
$149.00
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LARRY MUNSON,FRAN TARKENTON,VINCE DOOLEY+6 JSA COA SIGNED AND FRAMED 20X30 PHOTO
$650.00
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Fran Tarkenton signed Minnesota Vikings jersey - Hall of Fame QB - PSA DNA Cert
$75.00
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FRAN TARKENTON SIGNED VINTAGE ALBUM PAGE MINNESOTA VIKINGS NY GIANTS HOF PSA DNA
$67.49
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FRAN TARKENTON Signed Autographed MINNESOTA VIKINGS Throwback Jersey NWT J
$189.99
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VIKINGS FRAN TARKENTON AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1974 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PSA DNA #W24275
$124.99
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Tarkenton, Fran - Vikings - PSA DNA ENV - Signed Autographed Football Helmet
$73.50
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FRAN TARKENTON Signed F S PSA CERT Minnesota Vikings STAT HELMET 5 INSCRIPTIONS
$399.99
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FRAN TARKENTON GEORGIA BULLDOGS,VIKINGS JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO
$80.00
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FRAN TARKENTON SIGNED CUSTOM 2 BAR TB FACEMASK MINI MINNESOTA VIKINGS HOF 86 JSA
$95.99
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FRAN TARKENTON NEW YORK GIANTS,GEORGIA,VIKINGS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED JERSEY
$325.00
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FRAN TARKENTON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1963 TOPPS "2ND YEAR" CARD #109 -PSA DNA CERT.
$75.00
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FRAN TARKENTON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1963 TOPPS "2ND YEAR" CARD #98 - PSA DNA CERT.
$95.00
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