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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Joe Namath 2000 Greats of the Game Retrospection Collection #8RC New York Jets.
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1996 Topps Football #122 Joe Namath RC 1965 Reprint FREE SHIPPING WHEN U BUY 3
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JOE NAMATH 1996 TOPPS COMMEMORATIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY REPRINT 60 mint free ship
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Joe Namath 1996 Topps 1972 Reprint Card #100 New York Jets Alabama mint
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Joe Namath 1996 Topps 40th Gold Foil Stamped #98 MINT FREE SHIPPING WHEN U BUY3
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1996 TOPPS JOE NAMATH JETS TRIBUTE REPRINT 65 MINT FREE SHIPPING WHEN U BUY 3
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Joe Namath 2011 National Treasures Hof Patch Auto # 20 SN 24 45 BGS 8.5 NM-MT+!!
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1971 TOPPS GAME INSERTS #3 JOE NAMATH GRADED BCCG 8
$17.59

JOE NAMATH, 1997 Classic Sports Network Card, Unreleased Card-BEYOND RARE
$34.95

1996 96 Topps Football Set 1-440 Joe Namath Cereal Box Set
$49.95

1961 Topps Joe Namath (1965) Reprint #1 New York Jets
$6.99

Joe Namath 2013 UD Fleer Retro Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems PMG #'d 9 50
$29.99

JOE NAMATH 1977 Sportscaster card #03-20 (Printed in JAPAN) NEW YORK JETS
$5.99

JOE NAMATH 1977 Sportscaster card #03-20A NEW YORK JETS
$5.99

JOE NAMATH 1997 BLEACHERS 23KT GOLD CARD*BROADWAY JOE* MINT 10
$5.50

JOE NAMATH 2008 UD ICONS NFL CHRONOLOGY GAME USED JERSEY# 150
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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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2012 Totally Certified Stitches In Time Relic Joe Namath 38 49
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2014 Panini Black Gold JOE NAMATH Sizeable Signatures Jersey Autograph Auto 1 5
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Joe Namath autograph card
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Joe Namath New York Jets Game Worn Jersey Signed Autograph Beckett BGS 9.5
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JOE NAMATH NATIONAL TREASURES FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPH JERSEY PATCH CARD #'d 23 25!
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Joe Namath auto Gale Sayers autograph & Drew Pearson #5 5 Graded bgs 9 POP 1 1
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2012 National Treasures #71 JOE NAMATH Auto Jersey #'d 10 15 BGS 9.5 10 Gem Mint
$295.00

2006 Topps True Champions #JN Joe Namath Jersey Insert #186 199
$39.78

2001 Playoff Contenders Legendary Auto Autograph PSA SP JOE NAMATH
$99.99

JOE NAMATH AUTO 12 15 JERSEY # EBAY 1 1 2012 TOTALLY CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPHED SP BV
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2014 BLACK GOLD JOE NAMATH SIZEABLE SIGNATURES GOLD INK AUTO JERSEY SP #09 10
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Joe Namath Panini 2012 Limited Football Jersey #d 15 25 Card #26
$40.00

2003 Ultimate Collection Joe Namath Jersey Patch #03 25 Jets
$12.50

2012 Crown Royale JOE NAMATH Green Parallel Silhouette Patch AUTO Card # 02 10
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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 Autograph FRAMED with Life Magazine PSA DNA
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1965 Topps JOE NAMATH Rookie RC Autograph Auto Signed PSA DNA GRADE 7
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Joe Namath Signed 30x40 Photo AUTO PSA DNA Sticker ONLY New York Jets HOF
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JETS JOE NAMATH SIGNED CARD 1965 TOPPS RC #122 AUTO GRADED MINT 9! PSA SLABBED
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Joe Namath signed 12x19 1965 Topps Rookie Card Print photo Jets PSA DNA auto
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Joe Namath Signed F S Hall of Fame TK Helmet Jets Steiner "Broadway HOF 85" ins.
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JOE NAMATH SIGNED Giclée-on-Canvas Painting BY KEVIN CHARLES 1 1 NY JETS JSA LOA
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Joe Namath 2001 Team Topps Signed Football Card #400 NY Jets Slabbed PSA DNA
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JOE NAMATH HAND SIGNED ALABAMA AUTHENTIC FULL SIZE PRO HELMET ROLL TIDE JSA
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JOE NAMATH AUTOGRAPHED HAND SIGNED NY JETS 2 BAR MINI HELMET W PICTURE JSA
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Joe Namath Signed Autographed New York Jets Mini Helmet Steiner Sports coa
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JOE NAMATH SIGNED FOOTBALL ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE PSA DNA
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VINTAGE Authentic Autographed Signed Photograph JOE NAMATH with JSA COA Card
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Joe Namath Signed Alabama Full Size RK Helmet PSA DNA
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Joe Namath Signed NY Jets Full Size RK Helmet PSA DNA
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