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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2000 Aurora Helmet Styrotechs, Insert #17, Jerry Rice, L-1379
$7.95
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JERRY RICE 2002 FLEER BOXSCORE PRESS CLIPPINGS JERSEY
$8.49
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1999 SPx Prolifics Jerry Rice P10 B
$10.00
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1994 Classic Draft Jerry Rice # JR1 1310 9994 A
$15.00
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2003 Leaf Limited #71 Jerry Rice 999 - NM-MT
$5.60
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Jerry Rice & Bruce Smith 2007 Topps Chrome "Draft Year" 49ers Football Card #DR3
$7.95
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1989 Score Jerry Rice #221 Signed Auto Authentic
$50.00
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1989 Score Jerry Rice All-Pro #292 Signed Auto Authentic
$45.00
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2001 Upper Deck UD Graded Jersey Card JERRY RICE -- 49'ers
$20.00
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2003 SP Authentic #137 Jerry Rice SS 1200 - NM-MT
$5.60
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Topps TRIPLE THREADS 2006 JERRY RICE JERSEY RELIC
$30.00
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1986 Topps Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers #161 Football Card RC Rookie
$11.12
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1986 Topps Football - 4 Unopened Wax Packs NM-MINT - Possible Jerry Rice Rookie
$79.50
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1986 Topps Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers #161 Football Card
$20.00
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1986 Topps Football - 2 Unopened Wax Packs NM-MINT - Possible Jerry Rice Rookie
$39.99
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JERRY RICE 4 CARD LOT 1994 CATCHING FIRE 1996 SEASON LEADERS 2008 S.B.CARDS
$9.99
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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 49ERS SIGNED FB CARD 1987 TOPPS #228 JSA COA ID:20874
$59.00
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JERRY RICE 49ERS SIGNED FB CARD 1987 TOPPS 1000 TARD CLUB #2 JSA COA ID:20875
$59.00
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PSA Joe Montana Troy Aikman Jerry Rice Signed Auto Autograph Football Ball 49ers
$300.00
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JERRY RICE 49ers Signed 2013 Michael Jordan Golf Program PSA DNA - Nice Auto!
$89.00
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Jerry Rice Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo San Francisco 49ers PSA DNA #T95574
$69.00
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JERRY RICE & DEION SANDERS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO HOF PSA DNA ID #77837
$259.00
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JERRY RICE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS #80 RED JERSEY JSA + HOLO
$199.00
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Jerry Rice UDA Signed 22x22 Framed Photo Collage Hall of Famer LE #42 80 Auto
$269.95
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Jerry Rice Signed 49ers 1999 Upper Deck MVP Football Card PSA DNA COA Autograph
$74.99
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Jerry Rice Signed 49ers Mini Helmet JSA COA
$195.00
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Jerry Rice Oakland Raiders Signed 8x10 PSA DNA #C55056
$69.99
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JERRY RICE sf 49ers SIGNED 12X18 PHOTO gai
$75.00
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Jerry Rice Signed 49ers 8x10 Photo JSA COA
$109.00
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JERRY RICE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED SF 49ERS 8X10 PHOTO CATCH PSA DNA
$69.00
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JERRY RICE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED SF 49ERS 16X20 PHOTO VS. RAIDERS HOLO PSA DNA
$89.00
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Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice Signed F S Helmet w 2 inscriptions PSA DNA
$899.99
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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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