Jim Thorpe Cards and Autograph Guide

Jim Thorpe

Date of Birth: 5/28/1888
Rookie Card Year: N/A
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

Widely recognized as the greatest athlete of the 20th Century, Jim Thorpe cards and autographed memorabilia regularly go for huge amounts. A talented multi-sport athlete, Thorpe played professional baseball and football. He also won Gold Medals in the 1912 Olympics in both the Pentathlon and Decathlon.

While he does not have officially designated or recognized rookie cards, Thorpe does have a healthy checklist of cards in both sports produced during his playing career. His earliest baseball cards come from the 1909-1916 Max Stein Postcards and the 1912 Colgan's Chips Tin Tops. However, his most widely recognized early baseball cards are from the 1916 M101-5 series. Multiple versions of the card were released using the same picture on the front and a different ad on the back.

Far and away his most popular card is from 1933 Goudey Sport Kings. It hails from his Hall of Fame football career while a member of the Canton Bulldogs. Thorpe also has a card in 1955 Topps All-American Football. While this was released well past his playing days, it is still one of the most valuable cards in the set.

Jim Thorpe does have several cut autograph and memorabilia cards available from modern trading card releases. His first autograph card came as part of the 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends product and is a one-of-one. Thorpe's first memorabilia cards were in 2002 Donruss Elite Football Throwback Threads. The card features a swatch of material from one of Thorpe's football uniforms and is serial numbered to 75.

With regards to autographed memorabilia, most authentic Jim Thorpe signed items are beyond the means of most collectors. Those interested in pursuing a Jim Thorpe autograph should look to his cut signature cards, of which their are more than two dozen that have been produced in recent years.

Top eBay Listings

2009 Playoff National Treasures #218 Jim Thorpe 99 Canton Bulldogs Card 0o2
$13.20

1955 Topps All American #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 2 HOF
$89.99

Rare upper deck Jim Thorpe Portrait 3 3 auto autograph signed
$6,700.00

1915 M101-5 The Sporting News Reprint Team Sets: New York Giants (Jim Thorpe)
$13.50

JIM THORPE Rare HELMAR Series 5 Colgans Chips Baseball Card SCARCE
$12.97

Jim Thorpe Canton Bulldogs lot 15 GLA Fleer Sportscaster Grolier SI
$14.99

1955 Topps All American Jim Thorpe #37 BVG 5 NIce
$224.99

1959 Fleer Baseball, #70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe, PSA 8 NMMT
$79.99

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS JIM THORPE #70 EXMT MIS-CUT NICELY CENTERED *140953
$20.00

1994 TW JIM THORPE Hall of Fame Auckland Collection Rare Insert Card
$10.00

2001 Archives JIM THORPE All American Reprint Card Hall of Fame
$5.00

FIRST DAY COVER JIM THORPE OLYMPICS FIRST DAY OF ISSUE
$7.95

2003 Classics JIM THORPE Doak Walker RED GRANGE Relic 50
$499.99

JIM THORPE Olympics 1912 COIN 1c PUZZLE TEST CARD 25 ptd L#45E
$9.95

JIM THORPE #28 New MICRO Common Orange Back GO R423 Gumball Machine Card
$5.00

JIM THORPE #28 New MICRO Common Orange Back GO R423 Gumball Machine Card
$5.55
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Baseball Cards

Top Jim Thorpe Baseball Cards

1916 M101-5 Jim Thorpe #176

1916 Gimbels (M101-5) Jim Thorpe #176

Depicted as a member of the New York Giants, this card was issued with six different advertising backs, though fronts use the same photo. Each is considered a separate card issue. Available backs include Block & Kuhl, Famous & Barr, Gimbles, Holmes for Homes Bread, Morehouse Baking and Sporting News. Each of the cards measure 1 5/8" by 3".

1922 Zeenut PCL Jim Thorpe #145

1922 Zeenut Jim Thorpe

The colorized card depicts a die-cut of Jim Thorpe against a solid white background. There are a total of 162 cards in the set, each measuring 1 13/16" by 3-9/16". The cards are fairly rare in any condition as evidenced by the sale of a SGC 20 (Fair) condition sample at a Robert Edwards Auction in 2013 for over $6,500.

Top eBay Listings

1915 M101-5 The Sporting News Reprint Team Sets: New York Giants (Jim Thorpe)
$13.50

JIM THORPE Rare HELMAR Series 5 Colgans Chips Baseball Card SCARCE
$12.97

1955 Topps All American Jim Thorpe #37 BVG 5 NIce
$224.99

1959 Fleer Baseball, #70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe, PSA 8 NMMT
$79.99

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS JIM THORPE #70 EXMT MIS-CUT NICELY CENTERED *140953
$20.00

FIRST DAY COVER JIM THORPE OLYMPICS FIRST DAY OF ISSUE
$7.95

JIM THORPE #28 New MICRO Common Orange Back GO R423 Gumball Machine Card
$5.00

JIM THORPE #28 New MICRO Common Orange Back GO R423 Gumball Machine Card
$5.55

JIM THORPE Reds RARE Brand New Helmar T330 Art Stamps Baseball Card
$5.55

(29244) 1959 Fleer 70 Ted Williams-Ted Williams-Jim Thorpe Red Sox-EM
$25.00

(29245) 1959 Fleer 70 Ted Williams-Ted Williams-Jim Thorpe Red Sox-NM
$32.00

(29246) 1959 Fleer 70 Ted Williams-Ted Williams-Jim Thorpe Red Sox-NM
$35.00

JIM THORPE #65 New MICRO Common Orange Back GO R423 Gumball Machine Card
$5.00

1992-93 CONLON TSN COLOR INSERTS JIM THORPE HOFer #22 REDS 1917 BCCG 10 MINT
$8.99

1959 Fleer Ted Williams Uncut Final Production sheet-Jim Thorpe-Custom Framed
$395.00

1963 Stancraft Jim Thorpe HOF Psa 10. --6 Of Hearts
$52.99
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Football Cards

Top Jim Thorpe Football Cards

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Jim Thorpe #6

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Jim Thorpe #6

The bright and vivid colors of the Sport Kings set have made it one of the most popular cards with pre-war collectors. The realistic art rendering provides a stunning likeness of Thorpe.

1955 Topps All-American Football Jim Thorpe #37

1955 Topps All-American Jim Thorpe #37

A classic card from a classic set. The color, full-length image in the foreground is set against a black and white arial stadium photo. The result makes Thorpe look larger than life, which he truly was.

Top eBay Listings

2009 Playoff National Treasures #218 Jim Thorpe 99 Canton Bulldogs Card 0o2
$13.20

1955 Topps All American #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 2 HOF
$89.99

Rare upper deck Jim Thorpe Portrait 3 3 auto autograph signed
$6,700.00

Jim Thorpe Canton Bulldogs lot 15 GLA Fleer Sportscaster Grolier SI
$14.99

1994 TW JIM THORPE Hall of Fame Auckland Collection Rare Insert Card
$10.00

2001 Archives JIM THORPE All American Reprint Card Hall of Fame
$5.00

2003 Classics JIM THORPE Doak Walker RED GRANGE Relic 50
$499.99

2004 Leaf Limited #120 Jim Thorpe 799 Canton Bulldogs Football Card 0f6
$8.24

1933 Sport King Football Card #6 Jim Thorpe-Carlisle Canton Bulldogs
$525.00

2004 Leaf Limited Football Product Promotional Pamphlet (Jim Thorpe Image)
$19.95

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS JIM THORPE #6 PSA 3
$899.99

JIM THORPE CLEVELAND BROWNS # 25 SKETCH CARD EDWARD VELA ART ACEO 2015 PRINT
$27.50

Jim Thorpe Canton Bulldogs 2002 Timeless Legends Sideline Jacket Relic 15 100
$149.99

1933 Sports Kings #6 Jim Thorpe FOOTBALL CARD PSA 3
$750.00

2007 Leaf Limited #144 Jim Thorpe 249 - NM-MT
$7.00

JIM THORPE 2005 Leaf Limited Spotlight Bronze #076 100
$6.00
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Autographs

Jim Thorpe Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jim Thorpe'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 companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA and JSA.

Jim Thorpe Cut Signature Exemplar:

Jim Thorpe Cut Signature Example

Jim Thorpe Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Thorpe 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. The signature is distinct and legible.
  2. The letter "J" consiste of two loops, the top forming a shape like a guitar pick and the bottom an elongated oval.
  3. The pen stays on the paper to make the "i" which is formed by a small angled up down stroke and is dotted.
  4. The "m" has all the required humps and finishes with a small tail.
  5. The "T" is unique in that it doesn't have a top crossing line, this allows the pen to stay on the paper and flow into the "h" which has a visible loop for the vertical line.
  6. The "o" is usually fully closed and the "r" almost looks printed.
  7. The "p" contains a small elongated oval that drops below the horizontal plane and uses a small circular loop.
  8. The "e" is not open and consists of an up/down pen stroke and finishes with a tail similar to the one of the "m" but larger.

Jim Thorpe Autographed Memorabilia

Jim Thorpe's autographed material is, primarily, limited to cut signature cards and the occasional check or document. High-end museum quality pieces do surface on occasion and command tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Below is a sampling of some of Thorpe's cut signature pieces.

2011-Timeless-Treasures-Football-Jim-Thorpe-Cut-Signature SKD-CommOff_Thorpe Jim Thorpe cut Signature 

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Top eBay Listings

Jim Thorpe Signed Autographed 3" x 5" 1950 Index Card PSA DNA Authentic Slab
$1,999.99

1930's * JIM THORPE * PSA DNA * SINGLE Signed MLB Baseball Graded 5.0 Autograph
$7,335.00

Jim Thorpe Signed 17x27 Vintage Menu & Photo Display PSA DNA LOA
$1,499.99

1930 s JIM THORPE JEFFERIES BRADDOCK SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL PSA DNA MACK 76
$5,999.00

GLENN S POP WARNER Signed Photo Litho Jim Thorpe Carlisle 12"x15" PSA DNA V13717
$899.00

Signed by 40 JIM THORPE WARD BOND USC UCLA 1930s Spalding J5 Football PSA DNA
$5,895.00

Jim Brown Auto Signed 1984 Jim Thorpe First Day Issue Stamp PSA DNA Authentic
$99.99

JIM THORPE NFL ALL-DECADE 50 ANNIVERSARY TEAMS HOF SIGNED VINTAGE PHOTO PSA LOA
$2,499.99

FRANK GIFFORD SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$41.40

Jim Thorpe Signed "World's Greatest Athlete" Postcard Dated "1951" (PSA DNA)
$2,799.00

LEO NOMELLINI SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$43.20

FRED BILETNIKOFF SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$46.00

OLLIE MATSON SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$41.40

ANDY ROBUSTELLI SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$41.40

Mel Hein Signed Jim Thorpe 1984 FDCCachet COA GAI
$40.00

ERNIE STAUTNER SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$47.50
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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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