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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1977-79 SPORTSCASTER CARDS OF RED GRANGE AND JIM THORPE NICE
$12.99
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RARE JIM THORPE ERROR 1917 COIN CARD w o LINCOLN WHEATCENT L#25
$17.95
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JIM THORPE Canton Bulldogs 1919 Nickel Insert Football Coin Card RARE
$6.99
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2005 Jim Thorpe Playoff Absolute TOOLS OF THE TRADE REVERSE JERSEY 24 150
$64.00
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SPORTING LIFE "ATHLETES" SERIES 1 #16, Jim Thorpe, All-Around Greatest Athlete
$5.24
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1955 Topps All American #37 Jim Thorpe Well-Centered BVG 7.5 NM+ Carlisle
$350.00
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Sporting Life Athletes "T-size SERIES" 2- Jim Thorpe, Carlisle School, Penn.
$10.60
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2005 LEAF CERTIFIED MATERIALS JIM THORPE GAME USED JERSEY FOTG 10 GIANTS RARE!
$399.95
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2005 LEAF CERTIFIED BABE RUTH JIM THORPE GAME USED DUAL JERSEY FOTG 25 YANKEES
$399.95
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2005 LEAF CERTIFIED MATERIALS JIM THORPE GAME USED DUAL JERSEY FOTG 10 GIANTS
$399.95
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2005 PRIME CUTS JIM THORPE GAME USED DUAL JERSEY MLB ICONS 10 GIANTS RARE!
$399.95
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2006 Topps Chrome Jim Thorpe Hall of Fame Insert Lot
$8.99
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1991 PRO-SET FOOTBALL-4 INSERTS:WALTER PAYTON,RED GRANGE,JIM THORPE, OTTO GRAHAM
$6.99
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1983 Topps Greatest Olympians UNOPENED RACK PACK Jim Thorpe USA OLYMPICS
$9.00
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JIM THORPE GRADED BGS GEM MINT 9.5 GAME USED JERSEY CARD #d54 150 2005 TOOLS
$149.95
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1955 Topps All American #37 Jim Thorpe - PSA 4 - 7392
$200.00
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Baseball Cards

Top Jim Thorpe Baseball Cards

1916 M101-5 Jim Thorpe #176

1916 Gimbels M101 5 Jim Thorpe 176 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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RARE JIM THORPE ERROR 1917 COIN CARD w o LINCOLN WHEATCENT L#25
$17.95
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2005 Jim Thorpe Playoff Absolute TOOLS OF THE TRADE REVERSE JERSEY 24 150
$64.00
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2005 LEAF CERTIFIED MATERIALS JIM THORPE GAME USED JERSEY FOTG 10 GIANTS RARE!
$399.95
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2005 LEAF CERTIFIED BABE RUTH JIM THORPE GAME USED DUAL JERSEY FOTG 25 YANKEES
$399.95
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2005 LEAF CERTIFIED MATERIALS JIM THORPE GAME USED DUAL JERSEY FOTG 10 GIANTS
$399.95
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2005 PRIME CUTS JIM THORPE GAME USED DUAL JERSEY MLB ICONS 10 GIANTS RARE!
$399.95
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JIM THORPE GRADED BGS GEM MINT 9.5 GAME USED JERSEY CARD #d54 150 2005 TOOLS
$149.95
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JIM THORPE 2005 PLAYOFF ABSOLUTE TOOLS OF THE TRADE GAME JERSEY 250
$92.00
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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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1992 93 colon tsn color insert jim thorpe
$5.99
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1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS # 70 TED WILLIAMS & JIM THORPE VG BOSTON RED SOX
$15.75
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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 CHIEF MEYERS BASEBALLS 1ST 100 YEARS CENTENNIAL CARD 1939 WHEAT PENNY
$6.00
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2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM THORPE 0080 1000
$5.99
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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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1977-79 SPORTSCASTER CARDS OF RED GRANGE AND JIM THORPE NICE
$12.99
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JIM THORPE Canton Bulldogs 1919 Nickel Insert Football Coin Card RARE
$6.99
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1955 Topps All American #37 Jim Thorpe Well-Centered BVG 7.5 NM+ Carlisle
$350.00
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Sporting Life Athletes "T-size SERIES" 2- Jim Thorpe, Carlisle School, Penn.
$10.60
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2006 Topps Chrome Jim Thorpe Hall of Fame Insert Lot
$8.99
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1991 PRO-SET FOOTBALL-4 INSERTS:WALTER PAYTON,RED GRANGE,JIM THORPE, OTTO GRAHAM
$6.99
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1955 Topps All American #37 Jim Thorpe - PSA 4 - 7392
$200.00
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1955 Topps All American #37 Jim Thorpe - PSA 3
$150.00
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1955 Topps All American - #37 - Jim Thorpe - PSA 2 - 21503848
$100.00
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Jim Thorpe Red Grange Earl Clark Sammy Baugh Helmet Prime Jersey Logo Tag Patch
$2,499.95
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1955 Topps All American Football #37 JIM THORPE *TRIMMED* Card Olympic Champion
$59.95
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Jim Thorpe Topps 1955 All American #37 Mint Condition
$199.00
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2007 Leaf Limited #144 Jim Thorpe 249
$9.10
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1963 Stancraft Playing Card...Jim Thorpe - Canton Bulldogs...NM
$40.00
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1955 Topps All-American #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 7 Carlisle
$595.00
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Jim Thorpe 2005 Donruss Classics Legendary Players Worn Used Sweater Jersey 150
$69.99
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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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Jim Thorpe Autographed Signed 1951 Check JSA #X35867
$1,495.00
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ANDY ROBUSTELLI SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$46.00
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OLLIE MATSON SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$46.00
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LEO NOMELLINI SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$48.00
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FRED BILETNIKOFF SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$46.00
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PETE ROZELLE SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$102.00
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ERNIE STAUTNER SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$47.50
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TOM FEARS SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$45.00
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SONNY JURGENSEN SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$46.00
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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 HOF Signed 8x10 Original Photo Football Content PSA DNA LOA AUTO
$2,499.07
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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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