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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2014 Panini National Treasures Gale Sayers Monsters of the Midway Jersey 69 99
$29.99

1970 Topps Football #70 Gale Sayers
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Gale Sayers 1972 Topps card #110 Bears EX+
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POP 1 PSA 10 EMMITT SMITH GALE SAYERS TOMLINSON 2007 SP TRIPLE AUTO $3000
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1969 Topps #51 Gale Sayers Bears GOOD *z3
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'68 Kimberly Clark Folder Evolution Back Gale Sayers Dan Reeves Dallas Cowboys
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1968 Topps Football Poster Inserts #8 Gale Sayers RARE Vintage NFL Collectible
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Panini Flawless Emerald Autograph Jersey Greats Bears Auto Gale Sayers 1 5 2014
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1966 PHILADELPHIA GALE SAYERS BEARS RC ROOKIE CARD SGC 4.5 VG EX+ #38
$134.99

1972 NFLPA VINYL STICKERS GALE SAYERS BEARS HOF PSA 9 F1997731-198
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2007 SP GOLD TRIPLE AUTO #D 3 3 GALE SAYERS LaDAINIAN TOMLINSON ROGER CRAIG
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2011 TRISTAR Obak T212 Mini Brown #13 Gale Sayers 75
$5.00

2007 Gale Sayers UD Premier Stitchings 1965 ROY PSA DNA Certified Auto 75
$125.00

2008 DONRUSS ELITE-GREEN #PT-1 GALE SAYERS POP 1 PSA 10 F2003517-655
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1966 Philadelphia #38 Gale Sayers EX U8093
$175.00

1966 Philadelphia #38 Gale Sayers VG U4715
$120.00
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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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CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS #40 SIGNED HOME JERSEY HOF 1977 JSA!
$129.95

CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS #40 SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO HOF 1977 JSA!
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CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS #40 SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO HOF 1977 JSA COLOR POSE
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GALE SAYERS CHICAGO BEARS SIGNED MINI HELMET JSA
$225.00

Gale Sayers Signed Authentic Autographed 3x5 Index Card PSA DNA #83464452
$49.99

Gale Sayers Bears HOF Signed Mini Football Helmet PSA
$99.99

GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1966 BEARS CARD #38 PSA DNA CERT
$199.99

GALE SAYERS BEARS SIGNED PHOTO 8X10 HOF INDUCTION JSA COA ID:21285
$39.00

Gale Sayers Signed Chicago Bears Throwback Riddell Mini Helmet JSA
$89.00

Gale Sayers autographed signed auto Chicago Bears 1991 Pro Line card BGS 9 JSA
$95.00

Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Framed White NFL Jersey JSA K68342
$349.99

Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Blue Jersey "HOF 77" JSA K68382
$119.99

GALE SAYERS HAND SIGNED OVERSIZED 11x14 COLOR PHOTO CHICAGO BEARS JSA
$89.99

Gale Sayers Signed Autographed Goal Line Art Card GLAC HOF Bears JSA
$95.00

GALE SAYERS SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS FOOTBALL JERSEY - KANSAS - JSA
$73.50

Chicago Bears Autograph Gale Sayers #40 Signed White Jersey Size Extra Large PSA
$199.40
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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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