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 1990's Danbury Mint Encased 22kt Gold Football card BEARS
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Gale Sayers Eric Dickerson DUAL AUTO CUTS FOOTBALL CARD 8 14 LIMITED 2010
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GALE SAYERS bears 1972 TOPPS # 110 VG-EXCELLENT OR VG NO CREASES
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2005 EXQUISITE QUAD AUTO Gale Sayers Mike Singletary Cedric Benson Kyle Orton RC
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Greats Of The Game 2004 Gale Sayers HOF Game Worn Jersey Red Chicago Bears
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1969 Topps #51 Gale Sayers Football Card
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1966 Philadelphia GALE SAYERS Rookie RC #38 PSA 7 Bears HOF!!
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2014 Immaculate Ink Gale Sayers On-Card AUTO #16 49 Bears
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1967 PHILADELPHIA #35 GALE SAYERS HOF CREASED
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1994 Ted Williams Card Co. Gale Sayers printing plate with certified autograph
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Gale Sayers Signed 8 x 10 Photo Bears Pose #3 Inscription HOF 77 PSA DNA Auto
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2007 Donruss Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Autograph Game Worn Jersey #3 of 10 Card
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1970 Football Topps Supers #22 Gale Sayers Bears NRMINT
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2006 Leaf Limited #'d 36 50 Legends Insert LL-3 Gale Sayers Bears
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1969 TOPPS #51 GALE SAYERS EX C6505
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1970 TOPPS #70 GALE SAYERS NM C6517
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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 Autographed Signed Wilson White Football PSA DNA #X59223
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GALE SAYERS signed personal business card autographed HOF Chicago Bears PSA DNA
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2014 Tristar Gale Sayers AUTO 8 X 10 Photo Autograph Signed
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Gale Sayers Signed 8 x 10 Photo Bears Pose #3 Inscription HOF 77 PSA DNA Auto
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Gale Sayers 8x10 Signed Autograph Auto JSA Authenticated Bears
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Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Blue Jersey "HOF 77" JSA K68382
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Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Framed White NFL Jersey JSA K68342
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Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Signed Autograph White Jersey "HOF 77" JSA L62473
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BEARS GALE SAYERS SIGNED AUTHENTIC 11X14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #Y45803
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BEARS GALE SAYERS AUTHENTIC SIGNED WILSON NFL FOOTBALL PSA DNA #Y45045
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Gale Sayers HOF Chicago Bears Signed Autographed Football JSA Simple COA
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Bears Gale Sayers Signed Jersey with HOF inscription JSA Witness
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Gale Sayers signed HOF 77 jersey Jsa hologram coa autograph I71878 Chicago Bears
$139.00

BEARS GALE SAYERS HOF 77 SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO SAYERS HOLO
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JSA BGS Rc Auto " HOF 77 " Gale Sayers 1966 Philadelphia Rookie Signed Autograph
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GALE SAYERS signed 20x30 Photo + EXACT PROOF + JSA COA! 1965 Yankee Stadium!
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