Joe Namath Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Joe Namath

Date of Birth: 5/31/1943
Rookie Card Year: 1965
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

Joe Namath became a household name when he brazenly guaranteed a victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. That signature moment, to this day, is one of the leading reasons that Joe Namath football cards and autographed memorabilia are still popular today.

Broadway Joe, as he was nicknamed, helped change the face of football through his outgoing personality, night-club lifestyle and winning play on the field. He was the first football player to make the cross-over from the gridiron to Madison Avenue by bringing commercial and endorsement opportunities to the then young NFL.

Joe Namath's rookie card was released as part of the 1965 Topps Football set. Affectionately referred to as Tall Boys for their oddly sized cut, Namath's card can command tens of thousands of dollars on the secondary market when presented in high grade. As a result, even lesser conditioned cards can sell for four figures.

In addition to his 1965 rookie card, Namath also has two team issued cards from the same year. However, both cards are more photographic in nature and measure in size accordingly with one being 5x7 and the other 8x10. For completists wanting to ensure they have every early Namath piece, they will need to track down his 1965 Coke Cap as well.

A true ambassador of the game that still lives a very public lifestyle, Joe Namath has always been a willing and gracious in-person signer. He provides a one-of-a-kind signing experience with that signature smile and boisterous laugh. A frequent participant in organized signing events, mini-helmets and photographs are some of the items he is most frequently asked to sign. Items from his playing days, including original advertisements, carry a premium value.

Joe Namath Rookie Card

1965 Topps Joe Namath RC #122

1965 Topps Joe Namath RC

Measuring 2 1/2 by 4 11/16 inches, these uniquely sized cards are a favorite of vintage football card collectors. Having a legendary rookie like Joe Namath on the checklist only adds to their desirability. The card shows a close-up image of Namath set against a bright yellow background. It was one of several short-printed cards which significantly adds to the cards collectibility. Namath shared the origins of the photo during an interview with David Letterman where he explained how the shot was captured in a hospital.

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2012 Topps Triple Threads Printing Plate Yellow Joe Namath 1 1 New York Jets
$39.99

9163* 1969 Topps # 100 Joe Namath Ex-Mt
$57.00

4829* 1970 Topps # 29 Joe Namath Vg-Ex
$17.00

9584* 1972 Topps # 100 Joe Namath Ex-Mt
$15.00

4323* 1972 Topps # 100 Joe Namath Vg-Ex
$10.00

JOE NAMATH 2016 CERTIFIED SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS GOLD 03 25 (SUPER BOWL #) JETS
$36.99

2008 Topps Mayo Mini Princeton #170 Joe Namath New York Jets Football Card 0j6
$6.25

1968 Topps #65 Joe Namath New York Jets Football Card 2f4
$24.50

1968 Topps Joe Namath #65 New York Jets HOF EX Condition Free Shipping Football
$74.12

1973 Topps #400 Joe Namath New York Jets Football Card 0f8
$14.98

1968 Topps #65 Joe Namath New York Jets Football Card 1h1
$24.99

1970 Topps #150 Joe Namath New York Jets Football Card 1h1
$19.99

1973 Topps #400 Joe Namath New York Jets Football Card 1h1
$14.99

1971 Topps Game Cards #3 Joe Namath New York Jets Football Card 1h1
$7.99

Joe Namath 2012 Panini Prime Signatures RED Prime Proof #'d 1 99 - NY JETS
$24.99

1991 Pro Set Cinderella Story UNCUT Sheet Joe Montana Bill Walsh Joe Namath
$29.99
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Key Cards

Joe Namath Key Football Cards

1991 Upper Deck Heroes Joe Namath #AU Autograph #/2500

1991 Upper Deck Joe Namath Autograph

Hard-signed and hand-numbered to 2,500, the release of this card captivated the hobby and again showed the innovations Upper Deck was bringing to the trading card marketplace. The artistically styled card design features three different images of Namath. This was his first officially licensed autograph card.

2000 Donruss Elite Throwback Threads Joe Namath #TT1 Autograph #/100

2000 Donruss Throwback Threads Autograph

By the year 2000, the memorabilia/relic craze was in full swing. Companies were competing to include game-used materials of the best players in trading cards and collectors were loving it. That year, Joe Namath had nearly a dozen different memorabilia or autograph memorabilia cards produced. This one, from Donruss Elite, is serial numbered to 100 and includes an on-card signature and a material swatch from one of Namath's game-used jerseys.

2000 Upper Deck Game Jersey Greats Autographs Joe Namath #GJGJN1 /175

2000 Upper Deck Greats Joe Namath

Another very popular card from the first year that Joe Namath had memorabilia cards produced, this is one of two versions of the card in the set and is serial numbered to 175 total copies.

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Joe namath 2002 topps heritage grid iron collection 2 color jersey ser no 635 99
$5.50

JOE NAMATH 2014 PANINI VIP AUTO 8 X 10 NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTOR CONVENTION
$78.99

Joe Namath auto Gale Sayers autograph & Drew Pearson #5 5 Graded bgs 9 POP 1 1
$379.99

2012 Panini Limited Joe Namath Jumbo Jersey Patch 25 BGS 9.5 Nice!
$200.00

2008 Topps Triple Threads Joe Namath Jersey Patch Relic 3 PSA 7
$160.00

2016 Panini Absolute Marks of Fame Emerald Autograph Joe Namath 5
$51.00

Panini Gridiron 2016 Joe Namath Silhouette Auto Jersey Insert Ltd Digital Card
$5.99

2014 Panini National Treasures Joe Namath Jets Jersey 42 49
$12.96

jerry rice auto 1 1 joe namath autograph BGS 9.5 troy aikman 3x Exquisite Gem Mt
$999.99

Joe Namath 2010 Panini Threads Century Legends 2 color GU Patch #'d 20 - NY JETS
$52.49

2013 Spectra 50th Anniversary HOF Signatures Joe Namath Auto # 50 BGS 9.5 10
$279.99

1999 super signature joe namath hofer on card autograph 150 bv 200
$159.99

Joe Namath 2015 Topps 60th Anniversary RC Reprint Retired Auto Rookie - JETS
$149.99

2013 Panini Playbook Fabled Fabrics Jersey Joe Namath #52 99 NY Jets MINT
$29.99

2012 Upper Deck Alabama football #09 10 Joe Namath Ken Stabler DUOS AUTO!!!
$450.00

2012 Upper Deck Alabama #02 10 Joe Namath Ray Perkins National Champs AUTO!!
$300.00
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Autograph Guide

Joe Namath Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Joe Namath autograph 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 company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Joe Namath Cut Signature Exemplar

Joe Namath Signature Example

Joe Namath Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Joe Namath 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. A very legible and even handed signature written on an even horizontal plane.
  2. The use of cursive script displays a pride of penmanship.
  3. The defining characters are the letters "J" and "N" which are larger than the other letters.
  4. The "J" consists of a narrow, sometime pointed loop on top and a backward looking "D" on the bottom.
  5. The letter "o" and "e" are legible with both letters being closed; the pen lifts to start the last name.
  6. The letter "N" starts with a small hook on the top left and the up/down line forms an elongated loop.
  7. The pen lifts and all the letters of the last name are legible with closed "a"'s and clear humps to the "m" and an "l" style "t" crossed equidistant on both sides.
  8. He often inscribes his jersey number "12."

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Joe Namath Signed Photo

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Johnny Unitas Joe Montana Namath Marino Simms Theismann signed football PSA COA
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Jets Joe Namath Autographed Signed Panoramic Photo PSA DNA
$853.80

Joe Namath Signed Vintage Personal Football & Exact Video&PSA
$614.80

Joe Namath Autographed Signed Jets Canvas PSA & Video Proof
$978.80

Joe Namath Autographed Signed Painting & Video Proof PSA DNA
$978.80

Joe Namath & Stephen Holland Autographed Signed Litho PSA DNA
$1,065.00

Joe Namath Autographed Signed Jets Helmet &Video Proof PSA DNA
$978.80

Joe Namath Autographed Signed Jets Jersey PSA & Video Proof
$613.80

JOE NAMATH Autographed Rare Signed Poster PSA DNA
$495.80

Joe Namath Signed NY Jets Helmet & Case PSA & Video Proof
$873.80

JOE NAMATH Autographed Rare JETS Signed Litho Poster PSA DNA
$401.00

Joe Namath Signed Auto Autograph F S Proline Helmet - PSA DNA
$379.00

Matt Snell Signed Auto 1965 NY Jets Yearbook - JSA - Rookie Year Joe Namath S...
$79.00

Joe Namath Signed Auto Legends Sports Memorabilia Magazine 1994 Issue JSA S152
$149.00

Joe Namath "Willie" Inscription Signed Jets Mini Helmet - JSA P14778
$189.00

Joe Namath Signed Auto Sports Illustrated 7 19 65 w Broadway Inscript JSA S153
$179.00
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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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