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 1970 topps card no.80
$8.00

1967 Williams Portrait Print Fran Tarkenton New York Giants Minnesota Vikings
$95.00

1977 Minnesota Vikings Team Issue Rashad Fran Tarkenton Yary Tingelhoff Siemon
$19.99

Fran Tarkenton GRADED CARD!! Beckett BCCG 9 Near Mint!! 1975 Topps #400 HOFer
$15.99

Topps 1970 #80 NMMT Fran Tarkenton Super Bright Football Card
$24.00

1964 Philadelphia Fran Tarkenton #109 SGC 6 EX NM
$24.95

1975 Topps #208 All-Pro Quarterbacks - Fran Tarkenton NM Y1051
$14.50

1969 Topps Football 4 in 1 Fran Tarkenton MINT
$18.89

1970 Topps Glossy #15 Fran Tarkenton Giants MINT
$13.39

1962 POST CEREAL #184 FRAN TARKENTON RC PSA 6 VIKINGS *20970
$149.00

1967 Philadelphia Football Card #106 Fran Tarkenton EX *1516
$8.49

GREAT CENTERING! 1976 TOPPS VIKINGS FRAN TARKENTON #7 EXMT
$7.99

1967 PHILADELPHIA # 106 FRAN TARKENTON FOOTBALL CARD - NICE AND NO CREASES LOOK
$6.89

PERFECT CENTERING! 1971 TOPPS GIANTS FRAN TARKENTON #120 EXMT
$12.50

PERFECT CENTERING! 1979 TOPPS VIKINGS FRAN TARKENTON #200 EXMT++ NRMT-
$5.99

2001 Donruss Classics Timeless Tributes #179 Fran Tarkenton 100 - NM-MT
$8.40
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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 Charley Trippi Signed Georgia Bulldogs F S Replica Helmet JSA
$199.00

FRAN TARKENTON MINNESOTA VIKINGS,GEORGIA,HOF JSA COA SIGNED FULL SIZE HELMET
$400.00

Autographed Full Sized Georgia Helmet Fran Tarkenton W CHOF 87 Signed W JSA
$199.99

Autographed Fran Tarkenton Vikings Replica Mini Helmet w HOF 86 +JSA Signed
$99.99

Autographed Fran Tarkenton Vikings Logo Football w HOF 86 +JSA Signed
$99.99

Autographed Fran Tarkenton Vikings Replica Helmet w HOF 86 +JSA Signed
$279.99

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 AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED INSCRIBED MINNESOTA VIKINGS JERSEY JSA COA
$149.00

Fran Tarkenton Autographed Signed Jersey Minnesota Vikings JSA
$149.99

FRAN TARKENTON AUTOGRAPHED HAND SIGNED VIKINGS FULL SIZE FOOTBALL HOF 86 PSA DNA
$149.99

Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Signed 16x20 Photo SB XI JSA
$80.00

Fran Tarkenton HOF 87 Signed Riddell Mini Helmet Georgia JSA COA
$75.00

Fran Tarkenton SIGNED Jersey - JSA Witness - Minnesota Vikings AUTOGRAPHED
$149.99

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