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

2003 Donruss JIM THORPE # TT8 Elite Throwback Threads Jersey Jacket #d 250
$119.99

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

(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

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
$535.00

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

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

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

2004 Fleer Greats UNCUT PROOF Jim Thorpe Dave Kingman
$10.00

JIM THORPE CLEVELAND BROWNS # 25 SKETCH CARD EDWARD VELA ART ACEO 2015 PRINT
$20.62

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

1983 Topps Greatest Olympians #37 JIM THORPE Track and Field lot (49) Nrmt+
$5.99

Jim Thorpe Donruss Greats S-1 2005
$127.00

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

(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

2004 Fleer Greats UNCUT PROOF Jim Thorpe Dave Kingman
$10.00

Jim Thorpe Donruss Greats S-1 2005
$127.00

4278* 1959 Fleer # 70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe NM-MT
$30.00

2014 Panini Golden Age Mini Hindu Red Back #9 Jim Thorpe - NM-MT+
$5.68

Sporting Life Jim Thorpe card! Rare!
$29.99

JIM THORPE EDWARD VELA ART CARD # 5 TRACK & FIELD SERIAL # 2 5
$50.00

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

1959 Fleer Ted Williams Jim Thorpe #70 EX-MT NM
$21.50

2013 Panini Golden Age Carolina Brights Mini Purple Back #34 Jim Thorpe Card 1s8
$8.00

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS #70 "TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE" BOSTON RED SOX, 070915
$18.71

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

JIM THORPE Rare Studio Sample Art Card
$5.17

1888 CINCINNATI BASEBALL CLUB PROGRAM STYLE. JIM THORPE, 3X5 CARD, REDS
$5.00
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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

2003 Donruss JIM THORPE # TT8 Elite Throwback Threads Jersey Jacket #d 250
$119.99

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
$535.00

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

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

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

JIM THORPE CLEVELAND BROWNS # 25 SKETCH CARD EDWARD VELA ART ACEO 2015 PRINT
$20.62

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

1991 IMPEL US OLYMPIC JIM THORPE HALL OF FAME PSA 10
$24.99

JIM THORPE JERSEY 2004 National Sports Convention Badge "Corporate Exhibitor"
$189.99

1955 Topps All American Football Card #37 Jim Thorpe-Carlisle
$275.00

1955 Topps All American Football Card #37 Jim Thorpe-Carlisle
$350.00

1955 Topps All American #37 JIM THORPE Vintage HOF
$92.00

Jim Thorpe Future Stock Canton Bulldogs Card - Silver Variation - Limited 8 10
$9.99
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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

1930's * JIM THORPE * PSA DNA * SINGLE Signed MLB Baseball Graded 5.0 Autograph
$6,930.00

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

Lenny Moore Gino Marchetti Signed Jim Thorpe First Day Cachet JSA Witnessed
$40.00

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

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

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

OLLIE MATSON SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$41.40

ANDY ROBUSTELLI SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$41.40

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

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

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

SONNY JURGENSEN SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$41.40
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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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