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

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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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1965-66 Team Issue Joe Namath RC Rookie New York Jets PSA 2 Good Football Card
$90.00
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2005 TOPPS ALL-AMERICAN CHROME # 555 JOE NAMATH ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE N.Y. JETS
$5.99
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N.Y. Jets L.A. Rams Joe Namath Graded Auto 2 12 Monkers Card
$179.99
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1971 TOPPS GAME CARD # 3 JOE NAMATH NEW YORK JETS VG+ & 1990 PS #34 JOE NAMATH
$6.00
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1967 TOPPS JOE NAMATH FOOTBALL CARD #98 NEW YORK JETS VERY GOOD
$65.00
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JOE NAMATH JETS LOT AUTOGRAPH JERSEY #D 25 25 RARE + 1970 TOPPS PSA 7 NEAR MINT
$205.99
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1972 Topps Joe Namath #100 EX MT Jets
$11.95
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2012 TOPPS QUARTERBACK IMMORTALS #QI-JN JOE NAMATH HOF POP 5 PSA 10 F1478562
$9.99
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2004 LEAF JOE NAMATH PENNINGTON DUAL AUTO #D 10 GAME JERSEY MONIKERS JETS
$224.99
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1966 Topps #96 Joe Namath NM B608023
$291.00
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1971 Topps Football Card #250 Joe Namath-New York Jets
$35.00
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JOE NAMATH LEGEND FOOTBALL CARD 12 50 SP 2013 Panini National Treasures NT
$5.50
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1969 TOPPS #100 JOE NAMATH VG-EX D4988
$14.99
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1972 TOPPS #100 JOE NAMATH EX D4993
$17.99
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1973 TOPPS #400 JOE NAMATH EX-MT D4997
$21.99
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Vintage Topps Joe Namath-#250 Football-New York Jets
$15.00
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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 Image

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 Image

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 Image

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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N.Y. Jets L.A. Rams Joe Namath Graded Auto 2 12 Monkers Card
$179.99
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JOE NAMATH JETS LOT AUTOGRAPH JERSEY #D 25 25 RARE + 1970 TOPPS PSA 7 NEAR MINT
$205.99
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2004 LEAF JOE NAMATH PENNINGTON DUAL AUTO #D 10 GAME JERSEY MONIKERS JETS
$224.99
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2010 THREADS JOE NAMATH AUTOGRAPH JERSEY PATCH JETS AUTO BGS 9.5 POP 1 1 HOF SP
$225.00
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JOE NAMATH 2004 Rookies & Stars Great American Heroes autograph BGS9.5 #07 100
$200.00
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2012 Leaf Sports Icons Joe Namath Auto Cut Signature 14 26
$69.99
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JOE NAMATH JOHN ELWAY DUAL JERSEY 2014 SPX JETS BRONCOS
$14.95
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JOE NAMATH 2013 NATIONAL TREASURES GAME USED WORN JERSEY #39 49 FC1020
$12.99
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JOE NAMATH 2011 PANINI GOLD STANDARD PATCH AUTO #16 rare #1 5
$200.00
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JOE NAMATH JERSEY AUTO CARD 35 40 SP 2012 Panini Crown Royale Legendary Silhou
$77.00
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Joe Namath 2001 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game Jersey
$9.95
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PEYTON MANNING JOHN ELWAY JOE NAMATH TRIPLE JERSEY 2014 SPX
$24.95
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2000 Upper Deck Hawaii #JN Joe Namath AUTO NY JETS # 500 *3714
$99.95
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JOE NAMATH AUTOGRAPH 2002 Donruss Classics #102 (HOF) New York Jets 11 50
$109.99
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2011 Topps Joe Namath Die Cut Auto
$179.99
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TERRY BRADSHAW JOE NAMATH 2007 TOPPS DUAL AUTOGRAPH PATCH LOGO #D 10 DUAL HOF
$449.99
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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

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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."

Joe Namath Signed Football Pricing:

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Joe Namath Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Joe Namath Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Joe Namath Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Joe Namath Signed New York Jets Full Size Replica Helmet PSA DNA Authenticated
$249.99
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JOE NAMATH "12" SIGNED AUTO NY JETS PHOTO CUSTOM FRAMED TO 17X17 PSA DNA COA
$119.99
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Jets Joe Namath "Broadway Joe" Signed Authentic 16x20 Photo Autograph Psa Dna
$189.99
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JOE NAMATH Hand Signed Authentic Proline Jets Helmet STEINER
$795.00
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Joe Namath Signed Autographed New York Jets F S T K Helmet JSA Witness
$201.00
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Joe Namath Signed Autographed Green Jersey JSA Witness
$133.51
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JOE NAMATH AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED ALABAMA HELMET ROLL TIDE!!! WILLIE #'D 12 UDA
$549.00
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JOE NAMATH AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED NY JETS 8X10 PHOTO GREEN JERSEY PSA DNA
$139.00
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Joe Namath SIGNED Duke Throwback Football + HOF 85 ITP PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$450.00
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JOE NAMATH EARLY 70`S SIGNED PSA DNA CUT AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$65.00
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JOE NAMATH (New York Jets) signed 8x10 Photo w PSA DNA COA
$124.95
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JOE NAMATH AUTOGRAPHED FS FULL SIZE HELMET JSA COA NEW YORK JETS SIGNED AUTO
$269.00
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Steiner - 1969 NY Jets Team Signed 16x20 Photo (Joe Namath Passing) (MSRP $999)
$399.00
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Joe Namath Signed NY Jets Riddell Throwback Mini Helmet (PSA DNA) #D38278
$189.99
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Joe Namath Signed Autographed New York Jets Custom Jersey PSA DNA coa
$499.99
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Joe Namath Signed Autograph Photo 16x20 Framed STEINER
$129.94
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