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.

Top eBay Listings

Joe Namath - 1966 Topps #96 - Beckett BVG 7.5 NR MT+
$400.00

2001 Donruss Elite Passing the Torch #PT24 Joe Namath PSA 10
$25.99

2013 PANINI CERTIFIED MIRROR RED #249 250 JOE NAMATH NEW YORK JETS SUPER BOWL
$6.99

1971 TOPPS GAME CARD-JETS JOE NAMATH #3 NRMT
$6.99

2015 Upper Deck Football A Cut Above Veteran Auto Joe Namath New York Jets
$74.99

2010 (JETS) Crown Royale Living Legends #9 Joe Namath
$8.00

2010 (JETS) Threads Century Legends Holofoil #8 Joe Namath 100
$6.40

2005 (JETS) Absolute Canton Absolutes Gold #12 Joe Namath 150
$15.00

2003 (JETS) Leaf Limited #67 Joe Namath 999
$6.00

2005 (JETS) Throwback Threads Century Stars Blue #11 Joe Namath 100
$9.10

2005 (JETS) Donruss Classics Classic Combos Silver #9 Joe Namath Jim Kelly 250
$7.10

2005 (JETS) Playoff Contenders Legendary Contenders Blue #12 Joe Namath 2000
$5.46

2005 (JETS) Playoff Contenders Legendary Contenders Gold #12 Joe Namath 250
$10.92

2012 (FB) Upper Deck Alabama Icons #IJN Joe Namath
$15.00

2005 (JETS) Topps Chrome Refractors #160 Joe Namath GM
$5.68

2005 (JETS) Topps Turkey Red White #236 Joe Namath
$7.28
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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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2015 Upper Deck Football A Cut Above Veteran Auto Joe Namath New York Jets
$74.99

2011 Gold Standard Golden Anniversary 14K Joe Namath Auto 10 10
$150.00

2011 Gold Standard Hall Of Gold 14K Joe Namath Auto 10 HOF Jets
$150.00

Joe Namath 2010 Epix Canton Bound Lettermen On Card Auto Autograph 50 Rare
$115.00

2006 Topps Signature Series #TAJN Joe Namath Auto 18 50
$95.00

2004 Upper Deck Legends Immortal Inscriptions #IIJN Joe Namath Auto 31 45
$90.00

2008 UD QUAD GAME JERSEY JOE MONTANA STEVE YOUNG BRETT FAVRE JOE NAMATH
$174.99

JOE NAMATH 2014 PANINI CONTENDERS LEGENDARY AUTOGRAPH AUTO #1 5 - NEW YORK JETS
$80.99

2002 DONRUSS CLASSIC JOE NAMATH AUTO 50 GAI CERTIFIED 8
$67.99

2010 Donruss Elite Joe Namath Mark Sanchez DUAL AUTO 17 25 SP JETS
$199.99

2006 Topps Triple Threads Joe Namath Peyton Manning Eli Manning Auto Jersey # 36
$259.99

2014 Leaf History of Football JOE NAMATH signature auto Beckett authenticated
$99.99

Joe Namath Auto 1 of 1 BGS 10 10 Pristine
$3,350.00

JOHN ELWAY-JOE NAMATH 2014 SPX "WINNING MATERIALS COMBOS" JERSEY WORN RELIC
$14.99

Joe Namath 2013 Upper Deck #3 30 Quantum autograph patch
$65.00

2014 TOPPS TRIPLE THREAD JOE NAMATH PATCH JERSEY CARD 33 36 SB III JETS MVP
$19.99
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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 Photograph Pricing:

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Joe Namath Signed Photo

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JOE NAMATH SIGNED PSA DNA 1998 RON MIX SIGNATURE SERIES8 AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$90.00

JOE NAMATH SIGNED SALVINO FIGURINE NEW YORK JETS JSA COA
$250.00

Joe Namath Signed Jets Football 30x40 Photo PSA DNA COA Poster Picture Autograph
$349.99

Joe Namath signed Autographed Official DUKE football New York Jets JSA LOA
$149.95

Joe Namath Signed New York Jets Mini Helmet Alabama PSA
$249.00

Joe Namath Framed Jersey Signed PSA DNA Autographed New York Jets
$899.99

JOE NAMATH NEW YORK JETS SIGNED 22X32 CANVAS TRISTAR
$299.44

Joe Namath Signed New York Jets Sideline 16x20 Photo JSA ITP + Namath Hologram
$199.00

Joe Namath Signed New York Jets Broadway 16x20 Photo JSA ITP + Namath Hologram
$199.00

JOE NAMATH SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA = PSA COA NEW YORK JETS HOF AUTO
$99.99

JOE WILLIE NAMATH 1965 JSA AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH LAKE TAHOE POSTCARD SIGNED
$115.00

JOE NAMATH (Alabama) signed autographed -8x10 JSA Authenticated
$179.00

JOE NAMATH HAND SIGNED ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE FULL SIZE HELMET ROLL TIDE JSA
$449.99

JOE NAMATH (JETS) SIGNED DROP BACK IN SNOW signed autographed -8x10 JSA Authe
$179.00

JOE NAMATH (JETS) Signed "Super Bowl Throw" signed autographed -8x10 JSA Authe
$179.00

JOE NAMATH SIGNED 1965-66 NEW YORK JETS TEAM ISSUED ROOKIE CARD PSA SLABBED X3
$599.00
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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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