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

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

1977-79 Sportscaster Series 44 #4415 Jim Thorpe
$7.50

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS AND JIM THORPE #70 PSA 8 CENTERED! FREE SHIPPING! NICE
$39.99

1991 Pro Set Jim Thorpe #3 Football Card
$5.00

(100) 1983 OLYMPIC JIM THORPE TRACK & FIELD CARDS #37
$74.00

(100) 1991 OLYMPIC HOF JIM THORPE CARDS SHAWNEE
$55.50

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

1983 Topps Olympians #37 Jim Thorpe Greatest Olympians GEM MT 10 PSA #16340095
$19.50

1959 FLEER BASEBALL SET BREAK TED WILLIAMS #70 PSA 7 (ST) NM WILLIAMS JIM THORPE
$24.99

1955 Topps All American Set Break PR-FR #37 Jim Thorpe HoF 58977
$28.00

R318-Helmar Hey-Batter! #57 Myers, Chief; Thorpe, Jim New York Giants
$10.49

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

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

2014 Panini Golden Age Mini Hindu Red Back #9 Jim Thorpe
$8.00

JIM THORPE 2003 LEAF LIMITED 432 999 #18 CANTON BULLDOGS HOF
$7.99

Jim Thorpe - New York - (4) COLORIZED Vintage Photograph - 4 Photo Lot - WEC
$9.99
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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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1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS AND JIM THORPE #70 PSA 8 CENTERED! FREE SHIPPING! NICE
$39.99

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

1959 FLEER BASEBALL SET BREAK TED WILLIAMS #70 PSA 7 (ST) NM WILLIAMS JIM THORPE
$24.99

R318-Helmar Hey-Batter! #57 Myers, Chief; Thorpe, Jim New York Giants
$10.49

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

2014 Panini Golden Age Mini Hindu Red Back #9 Jim Thorpe
$8.00

Jim Thorpe - New York - (4) COLORIZED Vintage Photograph - 4 Photo Lot - WEC
$9.99

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #6 Jim Thorpe POOR A0779
$435.00

05 Playoff Prime Cuts Jim THORPE GU Jersey 50 BGS 9.5
$209.95

1959 Fleer Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe Basrball Card Psa 9 Mint
$175.00

1915 M101-5 The Sporting News Reprint Team Sets: New York Giants (Jim Thorpe)
$15.00

BABE RUTH JIM THORPE 2005 CERTIFIED DUAL GAME JERSEY PANTS 25 SUPER RARE FIND
$367.99

1959 Fleer Baseball, #70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe, PSA 8 NMMT
$79.99

1959 Fleer Baseball Ted Williams #70 Ted and Jim Thorpe PSA NM-MT 8 p01214
$59.00

JIM THORPE 2005 DONRUSS GREATS "SOUVENIRS" JERSEY
$29.00

1913 T200 Fatima Team New York Nationals SCG AUTHENTIC Jim Thorpe
$125.00
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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

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

1991 Pro Set Jim Thorpe #3 Football Card
$5.00

1955 Topps All American Set Break PR-FR #37 Jim Thorpe HoF 58977
$28.00

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

JIM THORPE 2003 LEAF LIMITED 432 999 #18 CANTON BULLDOGS HOF
$7.99

2004 Greats of the Game Green Red #2 Jim Thorpe
$6.00

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

Rare upper deck Jim Thorpe Portrait 3 3 auto autograph signed
$6,700.00

1971 American Publishing Nostalgia Series Jigsaw Puzzle Jim Thorpe
$45.00

1952 Sports Oddities Ink Blotter Jim Thorpe football & baseball New York Giants
$195.00

1976 Bicentennial America football Stamp #180 Jim Thorpe RARE
$35.00

Jim Thorpe 1996 Kenner Starting Lineup Timeless Legend card graded PSA 10 *Pop 2
$79.95

2014 National Treasures Flawless Diamond JIM THORPE 1 20 New York BGS 9.5
$56.55

1934 Sport King Football Card #6 Jim Thorpe-Carlisle Canton Bulldogs
$525.00

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

1991 Homers Cookies Set 6 Vince Lombardi Jim Thorpe Bart Starr Packers McElhenny
$149.00
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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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1930's * JIM THORPE * PSA DNA * SINGLE Signed Baseball 6 10 * RARE Autographed
$8,900.00

JIM THORPE Signed Original Photo Died-1953 Football HOF Founding Member JSA LOA
$2,299.00

Jim Thorpe Signed Index Card PSA DNA Autographed
$2,475.85

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

Jim Thorpe Signed Paper Cut PSA DNA Auto Slabbed
$1,499.99

Jim Thorpe Signed GPC Postcard Autographed PSA DNA 83567080
$2,429.95

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

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
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