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 Leaf Limited #18 Jim Thorpe 999
$5.00

2005 Donruss Classics Legendary Players Bronze #L16 Jim Thorpe 1000
$5.00

2005 Donruss Classics Legendary Players Silver #16 Jim Thorpe 500
$6.00

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

2014 Panini Golden Age Mini Mono Brand Blue Back #9 Jim Thorpe
$5.00

1963 Equitable Life Portrait Lot (13) Babe Ruth Jim Thorpe Carl Hubbell
$39.60

2006 Topps Triple Threads Sepia #92 Jim Thorpe 499
$8.00

2009 Limited #143 Jim Thorpe 399
$6.00

Jim Thorpe Coca-Cola Old Liberty Art Card w 1913 Dime…1 of 5 Made
$26.25

1983 Topps Greatest Olympians -- JIM THORPE -- PSA 10 -- GEM MINT -- NFL HOFer
$14.00

1959 Fleer T Williams Baseball #070 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe PSA 8 NM-MT (Labe
$99.00

1989-DATE GOAL LINE HOF #27 JIM THORPE HOF PSA 10 F1986524-647
$34.99

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

1982-2013 Hall of Fame Metallics #8 Jim Thorpe - NM-MT
$10.00

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

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

2014 Panini Golden Age Mini Mono Brand Blue Back #9 Jim Thorpe
$5.00

1963 Equitable Life Portrait Lot (13) Babe Ruth Jim Thorpe Carl Hubbell
$39.60

Jim Thorpe Coca-Cola Old Liberty Art Card w 1913 Dime…1 of 5 Made
$26.25

1959 Fleer T Williams Baseball #070 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe PSA 8 NM-MT (Labe
$99.00

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

1933 SPORT KINGS FOOTBALL JIM THORPE #6 PSA 1 PR
$275.00

Jim Thorpe - New York - Honest Gum Cabinet 4x6 - WEC Art Cards
$7.99

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS #70 TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE
$29.95

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #6 Jim Thorpe POOR M0779
$435.00

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE #70 A RARE BEAUTY CREASE FREE
$9.99

Jim Thorpe 2012 Panini Playoff Prime Cuts Icons Relic Game-Worn JERSEY 13 25
$179.95

JIM THORPE #37 Bread Label Series BLUE VERSION Card
$7.99
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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

2003 Leaf Limited #18 Jim Thorpe 999
$5.00

2005 Donruss Classics Legendary Players Bronze #L16 Jim Thorpe 1000
$5.00

2005 Donruss Classics Legendary Players Silver #16 Jim Thorpe 500
$6.00

2006 Topps Triple Threads Sepia #92 Jim Thorpe 499
$8.00

2009 Limited #143 Jim Thorpe 399
$6.00

1983 Topps Greatest Olympians -- JIM THORPE -- PSA 10 -- GEM MINT -- NFL HOFer
$14.00

1989-DATE GOAL LINE HOF #27 JIM THORPE HOF PSA 10 F1986524-647
$34.99

1982-2013 Hall of Fame Metallics #8 Jim Thorpe - NM-MT
$10.00

1955 Topps JIM THORPE #37 ALL-AMERICAN PSA 6
$198.50

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

Jim Thorpe #37 1955 Topps Vintage Carlisle BVG 5.5 EX+
$50.00

Jim Thorpe, Canton Football Player Native American rare NYC cab card 1922
$20.00

1955 Topps All American Football #37 Jim Thorpe SGC 4 VG-EX
$199.99

JIM THORPE RC TOPPS ALL-AMERICAIN 1955 PSA 7
$799.99

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

Jim Thorpe 2004 Leaf Certified Fabric of the Game Dual Jersey Relic 15
$103.50
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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 Original Photo Died-1953 Football HOF Founding Member JSA LOA
$2,299.00

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

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

Jim Thorpe HOF Signed 8x10 Original Photo Football Content PSA DNA LOA AUTO
$1,822.49

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

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

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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