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

2014 Leaf Executive JIM THORPE CUT AUTO AUTOGRAPH 1 OF 1 1 1 Giants Olympic Gold
$2,499.95

1983 Greatest Olympian 7 11 Rack Pack 36 cards Jim Thorpe & Bill Bradley showing
$6.99

1963 STANCRAFT CARDS JIM THORPE HOF CANTON BULLDOGS PSA 10 GEM MINT
$24.99

2005 Donruss Greats Souvenirs Jim Thorpe Relic S-1
$18.50

2005 Donruss Signature Series Jim Thorpe Stamp Relic #20 68
$18.50

2005 Timeless Treasures Jim Thorpe 2X Relic #7 25
$158.05

2005 Playoff Absolute Jim Thorpe Jumbo Relic #142 200 TOTT
$143.50

2005 Playoff Prime Cuts Jim Thorpe 2X Relic #34 50
$51.00

2005 Leaf Certified Materials Dual Babe Ruth Jim Thorpe Jersey Pants #21 25
$228.49

1933 SPORT KINGS GUM #6 JIM THORPE SGC 20 (1.5)
$299.99

2005 PRIME CUTS JIM THORPE GAME USED 3X JERSEY MLB ICONS 21 25 GIANTS RARE SP
$300.00

2008 Donruss Classics Classic Singles Jim Thorpe #d 0237 1000
$5.99

1955 Topps All-American #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 7.5 Carlisle HOF
$795.00

1955 Topps All-American #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 7 Carlisle HOF
$595.00

1913 T200 Fatima Team New York Nationals SCG 40 VG 3 Jim Thorpe
$199.95

Jim Thorpe 2009 Panini Limited Legend Card. #d 225 399
$6.50
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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

2005 Donruss Greats Souvenirs Jim Thorpe Relic S-1
$18.50

2005 Donruss Signature Series Jim Thorpe Stamp Relic #20 68
$18.50

2005 Timeless Treasures Jim Thorpe 2X Relic #7 25
$158.05

2005 Playoff Absolute Jim Thorpe Jumbo Relic #142 200 TOTT
$143.50

2005 Playoff Prime Cuts Jim Thorpe 2X Relic #34 50
$51.00

2005 Leaf Certified Materials Dual Babe Ruth Jim Thorpe Jersey Pants #21 25
$228.49

1933 SPORT KINGS GUM #6 JIM THORPE SGC 20 (1.5)
$299.99

2005 PRIME CUTS JIM THORPE GAME USED 3X JERSEY MLB ICONS 21 25 GIANTS RARE SP
$300.00

1913 T200 Fatima Team New York Nationals SCG 40 VG 3 Jim Thorpe
$199.95

1916 The Sporting News NEW YORK GIANTS team set M101-5 REPRINT with Jim Thorpe
$9.50

2005 Leaf Certified Materials Jim Thorpe Jersey
$200.00

R318-Helmar Hey-Batter! #156 Jim Thorpe New York Giants
$9.99

R319-Helmar Big League #309 Jim Thorpe NEW YORK GIANTS
$10.49

2014 Panini Golden Age Mini Hindu Brown Back #9 Jim Thorpe
$5.46

1959 Fleer Ted Williams #70 Ted Williams HOF Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe NM-MT
$40.05

1959 Fleer Ted Williams #70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe PSA 8 NM-MT
$46.50
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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

2014 Leaf Executive JIM THORPE CUT AUTO AUTOGRAPH 1 OF 1 1 1 Giants Olympic Gold
$2,499.95

1963 STANCRAFT CARDS JIM THORPE HOF CANTON BULLDOGS PSA 10 GEM MINT
$24.99

2008 Donruss Classics Classic Singles Jim Thorpe #d 0237 1000
$5.99

1955 Topps All-American #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 7.5 Carlisle HOF
$795.00

1955 Topps All-American #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 7 Carlisle HOF
$595.00

Jim Thorpe 2009 Panini Limited Legend Card. #d 225 399
$6.50

JIM THORPE 1992 GREATS OF THE GAME PACK PULLED FOOTBALL INSERT CARD # 277 RARE
$19.95

1955 Topps All-American #37 Jim Thorpe SGC 88 NMMT 8 27802
$1,232.50

1994 ANTONIO LANGHAM UD CHOICE *GOLD* ROOKIE #1 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE JIM THORPE
$5.99

jim thorpe (canton bulldogs-rb) 2006 topps "hall-of-fame" insert card #hoft-jt
$6.00

1992 Football Homer's Cookies Original Box Unused (Jim Thorpe Bart Starr )
$13.99

1955 TOPPS ALL-AMERICAN FOOTBALL #37 JIM THORPE, CARLISLE, HOF, 080314
$143.95

1955 Topps All American Football #37 JIM THORPE Vintage Card Olympic Champion
$96.95

1955 Topps All American JIM THORPE #37 PSA 5
$198.00

2007 Leaf Certified Immortals Jim Thorpe Game-Worn Jacket Patch 39 75
$139.00

2007 LEAF CERTIFIED JIM THORPE SAMMY BAUGH DUAL JERSEY LOGO PATCH 5 REDSKINS
$1,499.95
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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 HOF Signed 8x10 Original Photo Football Content PSA DNA LOA AUTO
$2,499.07

JIM THORPE JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED CUT PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$1,149.00

Jim Thorpe Signed Index Card PSA DNA Autographed
$2,750.95

Jim Thorpe Signed Photo Display, Total Dimensions 12 5 8" x 17.75", JSA Full LTR
$1,199.99

Jim Thorpe Signed GPC Postcard Autographed PSA DNA 83567080
$2,699.95

LEO NOMELLINI HOF PSA DNA SIGNED AUTO JIM THORPE SHAWNEE OKLAHOMA POSTMARK 1984
$19.50

Jim Thorpe Signed Paper Cut PSA DNA Auto Slabbed
$1,999.99

1930's * JIM THORPE * PSA DNA * SINGLE Signed Baseball 6 10 * RARE Autographed
$8,900.00

TONY CANADEO SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$48.00

Sammy Baugh HOF Signed Veritable Jim Thorpe Football First Day Cover PSA DNA
$95.00

FRANK GIFFORD SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$46.00

Jim Thorpe Autographed Signed 1951 Check JSA #X35867
$1,495.00

ANDY ROBUSTELLI SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$46.00

OLLIE MATSON SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$46.00

LEO NOMELLINI SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$48.00

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