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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2000 Upper Deck Legends #102 Jim Thorpe TCL 2500 - NM-MT
$8.40
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2003 Leaf Limited threads Jim Thorpe jersey #16 50 card # LT-51
$150.00
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1959 FLEER "TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE" #70 PSA Graded 7 NM! Red Sox HOF
$38.99
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1959 FLEER #70 **TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE** ***PSA Graded 8 NM-MT!*** Red Sox
$64.99
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2004 LEAF LIMITED JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME PATCH LEGENDS 5
$1,499.95
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2006 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME PATCH 5 CANTON
$1,499.95
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2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME PATCH 5 CANTON
$1,499.95
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1955 TOPPS ALL AMERICAN JIM THORPE # 37 PSA 4
$177.85
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1933 Sport Kings 6 Jim Thorpe FB PSA 0 (5672)
$430.00
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1933 Sport Kings 6 Jim Thorpe FB PSA 2 (5673)
$680.00
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JIM THORPE 1933 GOUDY SPORTS KINGS CHEWING GUM CARD FAIR SHAPE
$249.99
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1983 JIM THORPE COMMEMORATIVE 20 CENT STAMP SHEET OF 50 *29537
$21.75
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2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM THORPE 0080 1000
$5.99
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JIM THORPE 2006 TRIPLE THREADS SEPIA #92 308 499 FREE S H
$9.95
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1955 TOPPS ALL AMERICAN #37 JIM THORPE-PSA VG-EX 4-CARLISLE HALFBACK
$200.00
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1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE # 70 PSA 8
$74.85
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Baseball Cards

Top Jim Thorpe Baseball Cards

1916 M101-5 Jim Thorpe #176

1916 Gimbels M101 5 Jim Thorpe 176 260x229 Image

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 185x300 Image

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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1959 FLEER "TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE" #70 PSA Graded 7 NM! Red Sox HOF
$38.99
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1959 FLEER #70 **TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE** ***PSA Graded 8 NM-MT!*** Red Sox
$64.99
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1933 Sport Kings 6 Jim Thorpe FB PSA 0 (5672)
$430.00
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1933 Sport Kings 6 Jim Thorpe FB PSA 2 (5673)
$680.00
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2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM THORPE 0080 1000
$5.99
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1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE # 70 PSA 8
$74.85
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Jim Thorpe, Game Jersey, 2005 Tools of the Trade 67 150
$109.99
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1959 Fleer, #70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe, PSA 8 NMMT
$79.99
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1959 Fleer Ted Williams #70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe PSA 8 NM-MT
$56.50
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Jim Thorpe, Game Used Jersey, 2005 Tools of the Trade 109 150
$104.99
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2005 Donruss Greats game worn jersey Jim Thorpe
$129.00
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JIM THORPE NY GIANTS JUMBO GU JERSEY 05 PLAYOFF ABSOLUTE MEM TOOLS OF TRADE SP
$295.00
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2008 LOU GEHRIG JIM THORPE SHOELESS JOE JACKSON ROBINSON JERSEY PATCH Prime Cuts
$749.99
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2014 Panini Golden Age Mini Mono Brand Blue Back #9 Jim Thorpe, New York Giants
$6.49
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2014 Panini Golden Age Mini Hindu Brand Brown Back #9 Jim Thorpe, N.Y. Giants
$7.49
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2005 BABE RUTH JIM THORPE Leaf Certified Fabric of the Game Jersey Patch #6 25
$399.99
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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 247x300 Image

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 208x300 Image

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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2000 Upper Deck Legends #102 Jim Thorpe TCL 2500 - NM-MT
$8.40
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2003 Leaf Limited threads Jim Thorpe jersey #16 50 card # LT-51
$150.00
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2004 LEAF LIMITED JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME PATCH LEGENDS 5
$1,499.95
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2006 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME PATCH 5 CANTON
$1,499.95
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2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM THORPE GAME USED JACKET JERSEY PRIME PATCH 5 CANTON
$1,499.95
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1955 TOPPS ALL AMERICAN JIM THORPE # 37 PSA 4
$177.85
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JIM THORPE 1933 GOUDY SPORTS KINGS CHEWING GUM CARD FAIR SHAPE
$249.99
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1983 JIM THORPE COMMEMORATIVE 20 CENT STAMP SHEET OF 50 *29537
$21.75
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JIM THORPE 2006 TRIPLE THREADS SEPIA #92 308 499 FREE S H
$9.95
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1955 TOPPS ALL AMERICAN #37 JIM THORPE-PSA VG-EX 4-CARLISLE HALFBACK
$200.00
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2006 Topps Chrome Football BaseSet 1-165 +Insert Sets With Jim Thorpe-Dan Marino
$50.00
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Football Shadowbox Jim Thorpe,Sammy Baugh,Don Hutson,Mario Motley,BronkoNagurski
$44.99
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1976 Bicentennial America football Stamp #180 Jim Thorpe RARE
$35.00
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1955 Topps Football All-American #37 Jim Thorpe Card SGC 60
$194.99
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1955 Topps All-American #37 Jim Thorpe Carlisle PSA 6
$295.95
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2004 Donruss Classics Classic Triples Jim Thorpe, Walker, Jim Brown #199 500
$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 Image

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 260x185 Image SKD CommOff Thorpe 260x185 Image Jim Thorpe cut Signature 260x148 Image 

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ERNIE STAUTNER SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$47.50
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SONNY JURGENSEN SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$46.00
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TOM FEARS SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$45.00
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JIM RINGO SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$45.00
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JOE GREENE SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$47.00
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JIM THORPE NIGHT SIGNED PROGRAM PAGE CARLISLE HIGH SCHOOL 2-17-41 AUTOGRAPH JSA
$2,950.00
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Jim Thorpe and Jack Dempsey PSA DNA Signed Book Autographed Football Signature
$510.00
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Jim Thorpe HOF Signed 8x10 Original Photo Football Content PSA DNA LOA AUTO
$2,499.07
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JIM THORPE JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED CUT PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$1,149.00
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Sammy Baugh HOF Signed Veritable Jim Thorpe Football First Day Cover PSA DNA
$95.00
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Jim Thorpe Signed Index Card PSA DNA Autographed
$2,750.95
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Jim Thorpe Signed Photo Display, Total Dimensions 12 5 8" x 17.75", JSA Full LTR
$1,599.99
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Jim Thorpe Signed GPC Postcard Autographed PSA DNA 83567080
$2,699.95
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LEO NOMELLINI HOF PSA DNA SIGNED AUTO JIM THORPE SHAWNEE OKLAHOMA POSTMARK 1984
$27.50
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Jim Thorpe Signed Paper Cut PSA DNA Auto Slabbed
$1,999.99
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1930's * JIM THORPE * PSA DNA * SINGLE Signed Baseball 6 10 * RARE Autographed
$8,780.00
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