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.

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2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Jim Thorpe jumbo jersey card 4 200 Giants HOF
$189.99

2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME PATCH 5 CANTON
$1,499.95

2004 LEAF CERTIFIED JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME LOGO PATCH FOTG 21
$1,499.95

2003 LEAF CERTIFIED JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME LOGO PATCH FOTG 15
$1,499.95

2004 LEAF CERTIFIED JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME LOGO PATCH FOTG 21
$1,499.95

2003 LEAF LIMITED JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME LOGO PATCH LEGENDS 5
$1,499.95

2000 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SI FOR KIDS JIM THORPE #867 SERIES 4 SP INSERT CARD MINT
$6.99

Jim Thorpe - New York - (6) COLORIZED Vintage Photograph - 6 Photo Lot - WEC
$14.99

2005 05 DONRUSS SIGNATURE JIM THORPE SIGNATURE STAMPS & JERSEY 65 68 SGC 88
$99.99

1955 Topps #37 Jim Thorpe SGC 4 U7672
$265.00

1955 Topps #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 5 U1916
$380.00

1955 Topps #37 Jim Thorpe EX U1566
$300.00

1955 Topps #37 Jim Thorpe VG EX U2511
$240.00

1955 Topps All American Football Card #37 Jim Thorpe-Carlisle
$135.00

Jim Thorpe 2004 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game GU Jacket #'d 17 100
$259.99

1991 Impel US Olympic 29 Athletics Card Lot Jim Thorpe Bruce Jenner Jesse Owens
$15.00
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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.

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2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Jim Thorpe jumbo jersey card 4 200 Giants HOF
$189.99

Jim Thorpe - New York - (6) COLORIZED Vintage Photograph - 6 Photo Lot - WEC
$14.99

2005 05 DONRUSS SIGNATURE JIM THORPE SIGNATURE STAMPS & JERSEY 65 68 SGC 88
$99.99

Jim Thorpe 2004 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game GU Jacket #'d 17 100
$259.99

2005 Donruss Greats Jim Thorpe GAME WORN JERSEY Souvenirs #S-1 Graded PSA 7 NM
$75.00

2005 Prime Cuts Jim Thorpe #20 50 DUAL GAME WORN JERSEY CARD #MLB-22 MLB ICONS
$125.00

1959 Fleer Ted Williams Red Sox #70 Jim Thorpe
$34.99

2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS DOAK WALKER JIM THORPE DUAL JERSEY JACKET 72 75
$149.99

1959 Fleer #70 Ted Williams Jim Thorpe EX L777
$19.00

1959 Fleer #70 Ted Williams Jim Thorpe EX MT L203
$40.00

1915 M101-5 JIM THORPE REPRINT CARD THE SPORTING NEWS
$6.97

1959 Fleer Ted Williams #70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe BVG 5.5
$25.00

#22 JIM THORPE, Cincinnati Reds 1917 Conlon Collection COLOR (1993 Megacards)
$5.00

2005 DONRUSS GREATS SOUVENIRS JIM THORPE GAME JERSEY
$149.99

(25) JIM THORPE 1916 M101-5 Sporting News Card #176 Reprints NEW YORK GIANTS
$17.99

1959 FLEER "TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE" #70 PSA Graded 7 NM! Red Sox HOF
$39.99
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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.

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2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME PATCH 5 CANTON
$1,499.95

2004 LEAF CERTIFIED JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME LOGO PATCH FOTG 21
$1,499.95

2003 LEAF CERTIFIED JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME LOGO PATCH FOTG 15
$1,499.95

2004 LEAF CERTIFIED JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME LOGO PATCH FOTG 21
$1,499.95

2003 LEAF LIMITED JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME LOGO PATCH LEGENDS 5
$1,499.95

2000 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SI FOR KIDS JIM THORPE #867 SERIES 4 SP INSERT CARD MINT
$6.99

1955 Topps #37 Jim Thorpe SGC 4 U7672
$265.00

1955 Topps #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 5 U1916
$380.00

1955 Topps #37 Jim Thorpe EX U1566
$300.00

1955 Topps #37 Jim Thorpe VG EX U2511
$240.00

1955 Topps All American Football Card #37 Jim Thorpe-Carlisle
$135.00

Jim Thorpe 2004 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game GU Jacket #'d 17 100
$259.99

Jim Thorpe Pro Football Hall of Fame card - Rare! Must See
$5.00

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

JIM THORPE 2006 Donruss Classics Classic #104 250!
$5.00

2003 Leaf Limited #18 Jim Thorpe 999
$5.00
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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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JIM THORPE JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED CUT PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$1,149.00

Jim Thorpe Signed Index Card PSA DNA Autographed
$2,495.00

Jim Thorpe HOF Signed 8x10 Original Photo Football Content PSA DNA LOA AUTO
$1,731.37

JOHN ELWAY SIGNED PSA DNA CERT 1984 JIM THORPE FDC AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$59.00

1951 JIM THORPE (d.1953) SIGNED "FABULOUS REDMAN" BASEBALL FOOTBALL BOOK - JSA
$1,800.00

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

TONY CANADEO SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$48.00

1930's * JIM THORPE * PSA DNA * SINGLE Signed MLB Baseball Graded 5.0 Autograph
$16,880.00

FRANK GIFFORD SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$46.00

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

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

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

OLLIE MATSON SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$46.00

ANDY ROBUSTELLI SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$46.00

SONNY JURGENSEN SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$46.00

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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