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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SUPER RARE 1960's Gale Sayers Vintage Photo Chicago Bears *old*
$15.99
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NFL superstar Legend Gale Sayers signed football card sold with COA
$40.00
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1970 KELLOGG'S # 51 GALE SAYERS PSA 10 GEM MINT CHICAGO BEARS HOF
$59.99
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GALE SAYERS 2007 UPPER DECK UD PREMIER STITCHINGS 1965 ROY PATCH #49 75 FC5005
$6.99
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1969 Topps card#51 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears EX
$19.99
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1972 Topps # 110 Gale Sayers Bears EX-MT HOF Last card
$13.00
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2003 Donruss Crowning Moment GALE SAYERS bears Gridiron Kings Gold card 75
$10.70
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2006 LCM FABRIC OF THE GAME GALE SAYERS AUTO JERSEY BGS 9.5 #'D 5 40 AUTO 10
$37.00
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2000 DONRUSS PTT GALE SAYERS EDGERRIN JAMES BGS 9.5 WITH AUTO 10 #'D 25 500
$51.01
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1970 Topps Gale Sayers Chicago Bears #70 Football Card
$10.00
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1966 Philadelphia Gale Sayers PSA 6 Card Autograph Rookie Bears Auto RC Signed
$375.00
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2007 07 GALE SAYERS NATIONAL TREASURES 50TH ANNIVERSARY JERSEY AUTO #ED 2 10
$129.99
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2007 07 GALE SAYERS NATIONAL TREASURES 50TH ANNIVERSARY JERSEY AUTO #ED 8 15
$109.99
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1971 TOPPS #150 GALE SAYERS GOOD CREASE WAX BACK *125120
$8.00
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1969 Topps Football # 51 Gale Sayers EX MT PSA 6
$25.00
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Gale Sayers 1972 Topps card #110 Bears EX+
$13.50
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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

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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 Photograph Pricing:

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GALE SAYERS SIGNED FOOTBALL CHICAGO BEARS JSA COA
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GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS JERSEY "HOF 77" PSA DNA ID #72988
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GALE SAYERS (Chicago Bears) signed navy jersey w PSA COA
$129.95
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1966 Philadelphia Gale Sayers PSA 6 Card Autograph Rookie Bears Auto RC Signed
$375.00
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GALE SAYERS CHICAGO BEARS SIGNED MINI HELMET JSA
$225.00
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Gale Sayers Signed Authentic Autographed 3x5 Index Card PSA DNA #83464452
$49.99
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Gale Sayers Bears HOF Signed Mini Football Helmet PSA
$99.99
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GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1966 BEARS CARD #38 PSA DNA CERT
$199.99
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Gale Sayers & Dan Hampton Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Jerseys HOF JSA
$199.99
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GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPH SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS MINI HELMET JSA JAMES SPENCE COA
$49.99
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GALE SAYERS BEARS SIGNED PHOTO 8X10 HOF INDUCTION JSA COA ID:21285
$39.00
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GALE SAYERS BEARS SIGNED PHOTO 8X10 BLACK SIG JSA COA ID:21287
$39.00
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GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPHED FRAMED 16X20 PHOTO JSA COA CHICAGO BEARS SIGNED
$109.95
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GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1970 {CIRCA } PICTURE 8 X 10 PSA DNA
$99.99
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BEARS GALE SAYERS AUTHENTIC SIGNED PORCELAIN FIGURINE PSA DNA #W46082
$149.99
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GALE SAYERS "HOF 1977" SIGNED AUTO CHICAGO BEARS RIDDELL MINI HELMET PSA DNA COA
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