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.

Top eBay Listings

Minnesota Vikings Fran Tarkenton Vintage (8) card football lot-1968, 73, 75, 76
$7.19

1967 Philadelphia Fran Tarkenton #106 Beckett BVG 6.5 EX-MT+
$14.99

Fran Tarkenton Topps 1979 #200 EX. Nice Card
$6.99

7542* 1970 Topps # 80 Fran Tarkenton NM-MT
$12.00

Fran Tarkenton 1970 Topps card #80 EX
$6.05

Fran Tarkenton 1962 Post Cereal card (No. 184), VG condition
$19.99

FRAN TARKENTON VIKINGS 2008 UPPER DECK HEROES CARD PSA 10 GEM MINT !
$19.11

1975 TOPPS #400 FRAN TARKENTON VGEX NICELY CENTERED *154193
$6.00

1975 TOPPS #400 FRAN TARKENTON VGEX NICELY CENTERED *154194
$6.00

1975 TOPPS #400 FRAN TARKENTON VGEX NICELY CENTERED *154192
$6.00

1971 Topps Football Fran Tarkenton #120 NM MINT oc
$14.95

Fran Tarkenton 1971 Topps Card #120 NY Giants
$10.50

1996 EDGE FRAN TARKENTON & REGGIE WHITE TIMEWARP INSERT
$5.35

1963 Topps FRAN TARKENTON # 98 (GAI 8 NM-MT) NFL Hall of Fame
$149.99

1975 Topps #208 -- FRAN TARKENTON & KEN STABLER -- MINT to GEM MINT -- Vending
$5.00

1964 Kahn's Weiners Football #000 Fran Tarkenton PSA 7 NM (#21502699)
$175.00
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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 SIGNED MINNESOTA VIKINGS "STAT" FOOTBALL JERSEY - GEORGIA - JSA
$99.95

Autographed Signed Fran Tarkenton Cleat HOF 86 JSA Giants Vikings Football
$79.95

Francis Fran Tarkenton Autographed Signed Stats Jersey Minnesota Vikings JSA
$149.99

VIKINGS FRAN TARKENTON "HOF 86" AUTHENTIC SIGNED MINI HELMET AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA
$109.99

VIKINGS FRAN TARKENTON "HOF 86" AUTHENTIC SIGNED FULL SIZE REP HELMET PSA DNA
$219.99

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

FRAN TARKENTON Signed Auto Minnesota Vikings 16x20 Photo JSA COA!
$349.99

FRAN TARKENTON - SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NEW YORK GIANTS MINI HELMET " HOF 86 " - JSA
$75.00

FRAN TARKENTON MINNESOTA VIKINGS PSA DNA SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
$200.00

Autographed Fran Tarkenton Vikings Signed Logo Football W HOF 86 and JSA Auto
$116.99

Autographed Fran Tarkenton Signed Football W HOF 86 and JSA Auto
$116.99

Autographed Fran Tarkenton Giants Signed Mini Helmet W HOF 86 and JSA Auto
$116.99

Autographed Fran Tarkenton Giants Signed Logo Football W HOF 86 and JSA Auto
$116.99

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

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

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