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.

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Gale Sayers 1972 Topps Football Card # 110 Chicago Bears RB HOFer EX !
$9.95

1970 TOPPS GALE SAYERS # 70 .... Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back
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1967 Philadelphia Football Card #35 Gale Sayers-Choicago Bears
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1972 NFLPA Vinyl Player Stickers #GASA Gayle Sayers Chicago Bears Gale Card d4s
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2015 Topps Gale Sayers Diamond Auto Patch Redemption Card DAPC-GS Auto 99332B
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1972 Topps FB #110 Gale Sayers Bears PSA 8
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1968 Topps #75 Gale Sayers READ Chicago Bears Football Card 0a3
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Gale Sayers 2015 Leaf Sport Kings ON CARD Auto Bears FREE SHIP
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VINTAGE 1971 21 OLD TOPPS FOOTBALL CARDS GALE SAYERS ++++
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GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPH 2012 Upper Deck LAS VEGAS INDUSTRY SUMMIT Bears 04 25
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1966 Philadelphia #38 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Excellent Rookie
$129.99

National Treasures BEARS Urlacher Forte Gale Sayers Ditka Carey Auto RC Patch ++
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Gale Sayers 1972 Topps Football Card #110
$9.95

1970 Topps #70 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Football Card 2u3
$7.75

2009 Topps Target Allen & Ginter #AG13 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Card 1j6
$11.25

2001 Bowman Best Vintage Best Refractors # VB JB GS Jim Brown & Gale Sayers RARE
$7.10
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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 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

Dick Butkus And Gale Sayers Dual auto Signed B&W 8x10 Photo JSA COA Chicago
$149.95

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

Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Blue Jersey "HOF 77" JSA K68332
$119.99

Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Blue Jersey "HOF 77" JSA K68358
$119.99

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

Gale Sayers Signed 1971 Topps Pin-Ups #12 Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10927
$39.00

DICK BUTKUS,EARL CAMPBELL,GALE SAYERS 19 SIGS JSA COA SIGNED FULL SIZE HELMET
$2,000.00

GALE SAYERS DICK BUTKUS HAND SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS FULL SIZE HELMET HOF PSA DNA
$429.99

GALE SAYERS Signed 1966 PHILADELPHIA Rookie Card #38 Chicago BEARS PSA DNA
$249.99

GALE SAYERS CHICAGO BEARS SIGNED FOOTBALL JERSEY JSA WITNESSED AUTHENTICATION
$150.00
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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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