Jerry Rice Rookie Card and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Jerry Rice

Date of Birth: 10/13/1962
Rookie Card Year: 1986
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview
Jerry Rice card collectors are a devoted bunch. Rice is widely considered the greatest wide receiver of all-time. During his storied career, Rice set NFL records for most career touchdowns (208), receptions (1,549) and receiving yards (22,895). The Hall of Famer teamed with Joe Montana and Steve Young to win three Super Bowls and was named the Super Bowl XXIII MVP. Rice played for four teams during his 20-year career but will always be remembered for his time with the San Francisco 49ers. Known for his work ethic and love of the game, Rice makes a great addition to any football or sports collection.

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 2010, Rice has likely achieved the last big honor of his career and there is nothing on the horizon that will push values higher. Collectors expecting big returns are out of luck, but Jerry Rice card and memorabilia values will hold in the short term and should slowly push higher over time. Despite his many contributions to the game, Rice's autograph prices are very reasonable.

There is just one rookie Jerry Rice card. His 1986 Topps Football card is the main draw for collectors in a rookie class that also includes Reggie White, Andre Reed and his 49ers teammate, Steve Young.

Jerry Rice is an avid autograph signer, regularly appearing at public signings. His championship success and exuberant personality when interacting with fans has endeared him to multiple generations of fans.

Jerry Rice Rookie Card Checklist

1986 Topps Jerry Rice RC #161

The design on the lone Jerry Rice rookie card is anything but boring. Diagonal striping over a green background evokes an awkward image of a football field. Combined with a thin yellow border, red name box and light blue team box, the card is a bizarre combination of colors. All things considered, it's a rather unfortunate-looking Jerry Rice card. Many of the card suffer from centering issues, but even mint versions can be found for a few hundred dollars.

1986 Topps Jerry Rice Image

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Jerry Rice 2013 UD Exquisite Legendary Signatures Auto 12 30 Hot!!!
$74.26
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1993 (FB) Stadium Club Members Only Parallel #NNO Jerry Rice RB AUTO
$45.50
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Jerry Rice Lot 43 Cards NM
$13.00
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1994 Topps #01 - 1000 3000 Yard Jerry Rice Nm Mt
$5.99
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Five different Jerry Rice Football Cards - Set #7
$5.99
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1997 Pacific Big Number Die Cuts #19, Jerry Rice, L-3599
$7.95
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1986 TOPPS #161 JERRY RICE ROOKIE RC SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS HOF 4274A
$35.95
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JERRY RICE 1997 ACTION PACKED STUDS DIAMOND STUD PROMO 1500
$19.99
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1986 Topps Football Complete 396 Card Set Jerry Rice Rookie RC Smith Young White
$59.88
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1997 Topps Chrome Career Best #5, Jerry Rice, L-3603
$14.95
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1986 TOPPS #161 49ers HALL OF FAMER JERRY RICE ROOKIE IN NM-MT+ CONDITION
$19.99
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Card Lot of Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jerry Rice etc. High BV
$20.00
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Card Lot of Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jerry Rice etc. High BV
$20.00
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Card Lot of Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jerry Rice etc. High BV
$20.00
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1998 UD Choice Starquest Red, Insert #2 Jerry Rice L-2372
$7.95
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1998 SPx Finite Radiance #165 Jerry Rice PE 1000 - NM-MT
$12.00
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Autograph Guide

Jerry Rice Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jerry Rice's authentic signature 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, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Jerry Rice Cut Signature Exemplar

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Jerry Rice Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jerry Rice signature autograph is very difficult to replicate and will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Rice's signature has been very consistent through the years, so regardless of the item being signed or the time period in which it was signed, look for the following signature features:

Jerry Rice Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature is written on a horizontal plane of about 25 degrees.
  2. The signature, overall, is very legible.
  3. The letter "J" is distinct in that it is printed and not written like the rest of the letters. It also, almost always exhibits a break in the vertical line right before the curve.
  4. The letters 'e-r-y" are visible, with their being just one "r", which is very small.
  5. The pen lifts to start the last name with a pronounced "R" that does not contain a closed loop.
  6. The letters "i-c-e" are visible with the "e" being most pronounced.
  7. The letter "i" is not dotted.
  8. The inscription "#80," is often, but not always, accompanies his signature.

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JERRY RICE SIGNED RAIDERS JERSEY W RICE HOLOGRAM AND TRISTAR
$150.00
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Joe Montana & Jerry Rice 1991 Upper Deck 99 1991 signed autograph PSA Slabbed
$159.00
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Jerry Rice Signed 49ers Full Size Custom Helmet Auto JSA
$133.30
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Jerry Rice Framed Mississippi Valley State Jersey Signed JSA COA Autographed
$749.95
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JERRY RICE SIGNED SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MINI HELMET COA PSA DNA V34522
$124.99
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JERRY RICE SIGNED HALL OF FAME HOF FS FULL SIZE HELMET SF 49ERS PSA DNA V34528
$299.99
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Jerry Rice Signed 8x10 Mounted Memories Oakland Raiders
$124.99
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Jerry Rice Signed 8x10 Mounted Memories Oakland Raiders
$124.98
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Jerry Rice Pete Sampras Mike Schmidt +25sigs PSA Autograph Auto Signed Ball Flag
$300.00
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Jerry Rice Framed Signed 16x30 Daniel Day LE HOF SF 49ers Art Proof JSA COA
$400.00
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Jerry Rice Framed Signed 18x24 Daniel Smith LE HOF SF 49ers Art Print JSA COA
$400.00
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JOE MONTANA JERRY RICE SIGNED 8X10'S 49ERS STEINER
$114.95
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JERRY RICE (San Francisco 49ers) signed mini helmet w PSA DNA COA
$149.95
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Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers Signed Custom Red Jersey PSA 5A30366
$229.00
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49ERS JERRY RICE SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #W46047
$124.99
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$109.99
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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  1. What is my sign football worth? 23 signatures .young. And team 1998

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