Gale Sayers Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Gale Sayers

Date of Birth: 5/30/1943
Rookie Card Year: 1966
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Gale Sayers was a dynamic running back whose emergence in the NFL ushered in a new era of speed, agility and pass catching from the position. As a result, Gale Sayers football cards and autographed memorabilia remain incredibly popular.

A two-time All-American at Kansas earned him the nickname "the Kansas Comet." Drafted by the Chicago Bears with the fourth overall pick in 1965, hopes were high that Sayers' potent running ability would lead to postseason glory.

Unfortunately for Bears fans, Sayers' career was cut short by injury after just seven seasons. He still managed to accumulate Hall of Fame-worthy numbers and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1977. His mild manner, compassionate spirit and infectious smile have made him a fan favorite.

The Gale Sayers rookie card is part of the 1966 Philadelphia Football set. He also appears on a second card, #39, which depicts a Bears' offensive play. Sayers can also be found in the 1965 Coke Caps set. In addition to his official rookie card, Sayers' has cards from American Oil and Fortune Shoes from the same year. For completists looking to obtain every early Sayers collectible, he had three more Coke Caps issued in 1966.

The first Gayle Sayers certified autograph card was in 1991 Pro Line Portraits. In 2000, both Donruss/Playoff and Topps issued Sayers' first memorabilia cards. His 2000 Leaf Certified Heritage card is serial numbered to 100 copies. His 2000 Topps Season Opener Super Bowl Memorabilia card is limited to just 5 copies and also has an autograph.

Sayers' autographed memorabilia is plentiful but maintains its value due to tremendous demand from the large Chicago market. His longevity in the spotlight as an ambassador of the game, successful businessman and the subject of the critically acclaimed made-for-TV movie, Brian's Song, has endeared him to even non-football fans. All of these things combine to ensure the values of his autographed memorabilia items.

Gale Sayers Rookie Card

1966 Philadelphia Gale Sayers RC #38

1966 Philadelphia Gale Sayers RC 211x300 Image

An awesome rookie card, the Philadelphia set is well respected in the hobby. The card pictures Sayers in a classic Heisman pose. The large player image dominates the card's landscape yet still provides an area for vital information at the top.

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Gale Sayers 1990's Danbury Mint Encased 22kt Gold Football card #15 Bears
$12.25
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GALE SAYERS 1999 CENTURY LEGENDS EPIC SIGNATURES AUTOGRAPH On Card
$24.99
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GALE SAYERS 1969 TOPPS CARD
$12.50
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1970 TOPPS SUPER #22 GALE SAYERS BEARS HOF PSA 9 F1826457-991
$53.99
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Gale Sayers # 25 Autographed 2008 Exquisite Legendary Signature Auto Card Bears
$99.99
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1966 Philly Football Gale Sayers Rookie #38
$100.00
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2011 leaf certified dual game used jersey card gale sayers matt forte 117 150
$8.99
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1971 TOPPS #10 GALE SAYERS GAME INSERT CHICAGO BEARS HOF 3304
$7.15
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1969 TOPPS #51 GALE SAYERS EXMT+ A598
$30.00
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Gale Sayers, Autograph, 1999 Sports Illustrated Fleer
$24.99
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Timeless Triples Gold card Walter Payton Gale Sayers Richard Dent #143 250
$10.99
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Gale Sayers, Autograph, 1999 Sports Illustrated Fleer
$24.99
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GALE SAYERS 2005 ESPN UPPER DECK SILVER 16 25
$27.00
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06 ELITE GALE SAYERS & CEDRIC BENSON DUAL AUTO #D 49 BEARS
$59.95
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97 UPPER DECK SP AUTHENTIC HOF GALE SAYERS AUTO BEARS
$49.95
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Editions Rencontre Gale Sayers card
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Autograph Guide

Gale Sayers Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Gale Sayers 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.

Gale Sayers Cut Signature Exemplar

Gale Sayers Signaturte Example Image

Gale Sayers Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Gale Sayers 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 an even horizontal plane with a pride of penmanship.
  2. The letter "G" looks like the numeral "9," the pen lifts to start the fully closed "a" "cursive "l" and "e" which is on a slight lean to the right.
  3. The letter "S" is printed and over-sized, with a large swoop on the top and a much smaller one on the bottom.
  4. The pen lifts to write the "a" which this time includes a loop allowing him to flow into the "y" which looks like a "u" with a curved vertical line to the right that extends below the horizontal.
  5. The "e" is pronounced  and the "r" is just a simple up/down stroke looking like an upside down "v."
  6. The "s" is very small, flat and open in nature.

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GALE SAYERS SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS JERSEY JSA COA HOF
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GALE SAYERS PSA DNA SIGNED 2004 FLEER GREATS GU JERSEY CARD HOF BEARS
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Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Blue Jersey "ROY 65" JSA L20780
$119.99
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Gale Sayers Signed "HOF 77" Authentic HR Derby OMLB Baseball PSA DNA #X14519
$79.99
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Gale Sayers & Dan Hampton Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Jerseys HOF JSA
$199.99
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Gale Sayers signed 8x10 Action Photo Auto JSA Bears being chased by Alex Karras
$49.70
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Gale Sayers signed Chicago Bears 1971 Topps football card Psa Dna
$99.00
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Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Blue Jersey "HOF 77" JSA K68395
$119.99
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Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph White Jersey "HOF 77" JSA K68336
$119.99
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GALE SAYERS HOF 77 BEARS SIGNED 1989 LEGENDS SLU STARTING LINEUP PSA DNA V49475
$90.97
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Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Blue Jersey "HOF 77" JSA K68382
$119.99
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GALE SAYERS "HOF 1977" SIGNED AUTO CHICAGO BEARS RIDDELL MINI HELMET PSA DNA COA
$78.99
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Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed 16x20 JSA W HOF 77
$59.99
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GALE SAYERS SIGNED KANSAS JAYHAWKS FOOTBALL JERSEY - CHICAGO BEARS - JSA
$82.50
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Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Framed White NFL Jersey JSA K68342
$349.99
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Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Blue Jersey "HOF 77" JSA K68397
$119.99
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