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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Fran Tarkenton 1971 Topps #120 10th card Minnesota Vikings New York Giants !!!
$10.00
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FRAN TARKENTON 1969 Topps Football # 150 New York Giants HOF
$20.00
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1971 Topps Game Card Fran Tarkenton Card # 37 EX
$5.95
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FRAN TARKENTON 1971 Topps Football # 120 New York Giants HOF
$15.00
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1962 TOPPS FOOTBALL BUCKS #33 FRAN TARKENTON (ROOKIE) PSA 7 - NM
$70.00
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FRAN TARKENTON 1971 Topps #120 PSA NM 7
$16.99
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FRAN TARKENTON FOOTBALL PLAQUE!!
$7.99
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1967 Philadelphia Football Fran Tarkenton #106 Minnesota Vikings EX
$9.99
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1970 TOPPS FRAN TARKENTON NM+ O C NEW YORK GIANTS #80
$5.00
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1964 Philadelphia #109 FRAN TARKENTON PSA 6
$9.99
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1973 VINTAGE TOPPS FRAN TARKENTON MINNESOTA VIKINGS FOOTBALL CARDS - 2 CARDS
$20.00
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1973 TOPPS #60 FRAN TARKENTON PSA 8 NMMT Minnesota Vikings HOF
$22.97
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1962 Topps #90 Fran Tarkenton - SGC-55
$100.00
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1985-88 Football Immortals #135B Fran Tarkenton
$5.00
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1971 Topps #120 Fran Tarkenton
$7.50
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1974 Topps #129 Fran Tarkenton AP
$6.00
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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

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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.

Fran Tarkenton Signed Football Pricing:

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Fran Tarkenton Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Fran Tarkenton signed Minnesota Vikings jersey - Hall of Fame QB - PSA DNA Cert
$289.95
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FRAN TARKENTON SIGNED 1962 TOPPS VIKINGS ROOKIE CARD #90 PSA DNA Auto RC
$349.99
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FRAN TARKENTON SIGNED 1962 TOPPS VIKINGS ROOKIE CARD #90 PSA DNA Auto RC HOF
$349.99
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FRAN TARKENTON GIANTS,HOF PSA DNA SIGNED FOOTBALL
$225.00
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Fran Tarkenton Signed Ga. Bulldog Proline Helmet PSA DNA
$225.00
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1975 TOPPS FRAN TARKENTON KEN STABLER DUAL SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$71.99
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Fran Tarkenton signed T B N Y Giants mini helmet, JSA Witness, HOF 86
$109.50
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1962 Topps Rookie Fran Tarkenton Vikings Autographed Signed Card PSA DNA 602
$299.00
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1975 Topps Fran Tarkenton - Ken Stabler #208 Signed Autograph PSA DNA
$85.00
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Fran Tarkenton HOF 86 Vikings 1962 Post Rookie Card RC PSA Signed Auto Autograph
$624.99
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HOF Fran Tarkenton Signed Vickings Mini Helmet PSA COA
$125.00
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FRAN TARKENTON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NEW YORK GIANTS MINI HELMET JSA #J97308
$129.00
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GIANTS FRAN TARKENTON "HOF 86" SIGNED CARD 1971 TOPPS #120 PSA DNA SLABBED
$74.99
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Fran Tarkenton Signed Auto Minnesota Vikings 11x14 Photo JSA COA
$95.00
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Fran Tarkenton Signed Auto Minnesota Vikings 11x14 Photo JSA COA UGA
$95.00
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Fran Tarkenton Signed Auto Minnesota Vikings 11x14 Photo JSA COA UGA Bulldogs
$95.00
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