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

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.

Top eBay Listings

1970 Topps #70 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Football Card 1h1
$15.24

2015 Topps Triple Threads Ruby #74 Gale Sayers 50 Chicago Bears Card 2g1
$5.00

2005 DONRUSS CLASSICS LEGENDARY PLAYERS JERSEYS GALE SAYERS GU BEARS
$9.99

1967 Philadelphia Football # 35 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears VG+ 0616
$18.95

2007 Topps Triple Threads Sepia #97 Gale Sayers 639 Chicago Bears Card 0c0
$5.00

2012 PANINI ABSOLUTE 16 NFL ICONS GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPH 04 25 BEARS CHICAGO AUTO
$75.00

1966 Philadelphia Gum #38 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Rookie RC HOF SGC 5.5
$100.00

2015 Topps Museum Collection Canvas #CC-GS Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Card 6g5
$9.00

2011 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Rivalries Gale Sayers Kellen Winslow Dual AUTO 01 25
$15.50

Gale Sayers 2016 Panini Spectra Illustrious Legends Auto #45 49!
$19.50

Joe Namath auto Gale Sayers autograph & Drew Pearson #5 5 Graded bgs 9 POP 1 1
$379.99

Gale Sayers GU Jersey Card 2004 Fleer Greats #d 183 300
$9.99

1971 TOPPS GALE SAYERS # 150 CHICAGO BEARS FOOTBALL CARD IN VERY GOOD CONDITION
$5.99

1969 Topps #51 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Football Card 2f4
$8.24

1972 Topps #110 Gale Sayers
$5.99

1988 SWELL FOOTBALL #106 GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPHED
$59.00
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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

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 FDC 6.5x3.75 Inches Autographed Bears PSA DNA Z21260
$32.95

CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS #40 SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO HOF 1977 JSA COLOR POSE
$69.99

CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS #40 SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO HOF 1977 JSA!
$69.99

CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS #40 SIGNED GOAL LINE ART CARD HOF 1977 JSA CERTIFIED
$54.95

CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS SIGNED GOAL LINE ART CARD HOF 1977 JSA
$44.95

GALE SAYERS signed BLUE Chicago BEARS JERSEY w PSA ITP COA & HOF Inscription
$129.95

Gale Sayers Signed Stats Jersey, JSA COA
$300.00

Gale Sayers Signed Chicago Bears Jersey PSA DNA F59516
$299.99

Gale Sayers Signed 1991 Enor Hall of Fame Card PSA DNA Certified Autograph Auto
$49.99

Gale Sayers Signed 1967 Philadelphia Chicago Bears Team Card #25 PSA DNA Auto
$49.99

Gale Sayers Signed 1971 Topps Card #150 PSA DNA Certified Autograph Auto Bears
$49.99

Gale Sayers Signed 1966 Philadelphia Rookie Autographed Bears PSA DNA 83478974
$199.95

Gale Sayers signed autographed 1966 Philadelphia Rookie Card #38 PSA DNA
$315.00

Gale Sayers Signed White Panel Football with Cube Holder PSA DNA Auto
$64.99

GALE SAYERS SIGNED 1985 IMMORTALS PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$37.80

Gale Sayers Signed 1971 Topps Pin-Ups #12 Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10926
$39.00
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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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