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 Football #70 Gale Sayers (Bears) PSA 9oc Mint
$104.99

1969 Topps # 51 Gale Sayers Ex Ex-Mt
$20.00

9103* 1970 Topps # 70 Gale Sayers Ex-Mt
$17.00

1588* 1970 Topps # 70 Gale Sayers Ex-Mt
$17.00

Gale Sayers autograph auto sig 1992 Pro Line Proline factory COA stamp + bonus
$31.99

1972 Topps Football Gale Sayers #110 - Bears
$19.99

1972 Topps # 110 Gale Sayers - HOF - Chicago Bears - NM
$15.00

Gale Sayers 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update Cut Signature Edition Autograph 32 49
$65.00

1966 Phila. Gum Football - Gale Sayers - No. 38 Rookie Card
$200.00

1968 topps 75 GALE SAYERS HOF BEARS
$19.99

1972 TOPPS 110 GALE SAYERS HOF BEARS
$9.99

1970 TOPPS 70 GALE SAYERS BEARS HOF
$13.99

1972 Topps Football Card #110 Gale Sayers EX *1417
$7.99

1968 Topps Gale Sayers Chicago Bears #75 Football Card
$15.00

2007 Topps Triple Threads Sepia #97 Gale Sayers 639
$6.00

2007 Topps Triple Threads Emerald #97 Gale Sayers 199
$8.00
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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 Chicago Bears Riddell Full Size Pro Line Helmet JSA W528727
$395.00

Gale Sayers auto signed autographed Chicago Bears UDA stat jersey ROY 65 #12 40
$440.40

Gale Sayers & Dan Hampton Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Jerseys HOF JSA2
$199.99

BEARS GALE SAYERS SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U70690
$89.99

BEARS GALE SAYERS SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U70689
$89.99

Gale Sayers Signed Bears Football 16x20 Photo PSA DNA COA HOF Picture Autograph
$89.99

Gale Sayers Signed Chicago Bears Authentic 16x20 Photo (PSA DNA) #P77723
$89.99

Gale Sayers signed 16x20 autographed photo Chicago Bears PSA J45955 TriStar
$175.00

Gale Sayers Signed PSA DNA 1969 Topps #51 HOF Bears
$49.99

GALE SAYERS autographed signed Bears blue STAT Jersey JSA Witness #w443190
$81.00

Gale Sayers Autographed Signed 2000 Fleer Greats Card PSA DNA #83716522
$35.00

Gale Sayers Autographed Signed 2004 Fleer Greats Card PSA DNA #83716524
$35.00

Gale Sayers Autographed Signed 1993 Pro Line Profiles Card PSA DNA #83716526
$35.00

Gale Sayers Autographed Signed 1993 Pro Line Profiles Card PSA DNA #83716527
$35.00

Gale Sayers Autographed Signed 1999 UD Century Legends Card PSA DNA #83716528
$35.00

Gale Sayers Autographed Signed 1993 Pro Line Profiles Card PSA DNA #83716529
$35.00
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  1. How much is an autographed NFL football with his name and 40 worth?

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