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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2013 SPx 1997 Inserts #971 Joe Namath
$10.00

1971 TOPPS #250 JOE NAMATH EX C6525
$24.99

1972 TOPPS #100 JOE NAMATH EX-MT C6527
$24.99

2000 Upperdeck Game Jersey Greats Joe Namath Auto Jersey Card 99 175
$89.00

1996 Stadium Club Namath Finest Refractor 10 Joe Namath 1973
$6.99

1996 Topps p1r Steve Young Joe Namath Refractor Promo
$5.99

2011 Topps Supreme Purple 1 Joe Namath 60 75
$5.99

Joe Namath Ring (MVP)
$199.99

joe namath 1972 #100 football card-VINTAGE-H.O.F =NICE !!!!!
$7.00

1972 JOE NAMATH N.F.L.P.A. VIYNAL FOOTBALL STANDUPS
$33.99

1999 Joe Namath Upper Deck Retro Gold #108 029 175 NEW YORK JETS
$9.95

2011 Topps - JOE NAMATH - Super Bowl Legends Stamp Super Bowl 3 - JETS #d 76 100
$59.99

2005 LIMITED JOE NAMATH JERSEY AUTO SP 12 25 JERSEY # 1 1
$159.00

1972 Topps JOE NAMATH #100 w slight corner wear..BV $35 CREASE FREE
$17.00

1991 Upper Deck JOE NAMATH Football Heroes Autographed Card.
$147.69

2007 Leaf Limited Joe Namath Don Maynard Team Threads Dual Jersey Jets
$27.00
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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

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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2000 Upperdeck Game Jersey Greats Joe Namath Auto Jersey Card 99 175
$89.00

2005 LIMITED JOE NAMATH JERSEY AUTO SP 12 25 JERSEY # 1 1
$159.00

2007 Leaf Limited Joe Namath Don Maynard Team Threads Dual Jersey Jets
$27.00

2006 Bowman Sterling Joe Namath John Elway Dual Autograph BGS 9.5 10 Auto
$495.00

2000 Fleer Greats of the Game (GOTG) Joe Namath Feel The Game Classics Jersey
$29.95

Joe Namath 2010 Topps Supreme Auto Dual Jersey Blue #3 5 Jets
$120.00

Joe Namath Chad Pennington 2003 SP Signature Edition Dual Auto #64 75 Jets
$75.00

2013 ULTIMATE JOE NAMATH AUTO JUMBO JERSEY AUTOGRAPH # 5 15 JETS ALABAMA
$100.00

2004 FOTG Joe Namath jersey card Jets SB-MVP HOF ONLY 100 made this is 100 100
$39.99

2005 Leaf Limited Bound by Round Dual Jersey Joe Namath John Riggins 39 75
$39.99

Joe Namath Football Card Jets Game-Worn Used Jersey Auto Autograph BGS 9.5 10
$121.99

JOE NAMATH 2007 DONRUSS AUTOGRAPH JERSEY 3 10
$250.00

Joe Namath, Game Used Jersey, 2002 Topps Heritage
$27.99

2014 Black Friday Joe Namath Auto #9
$30.89

'02 Leaf Certified JOE NAMATH AUTO SP 25 MIRROR SIGNATURES BV $150 JETS
$79.99

JERSEY AUTO LOT Jarvis Landry RAY RICE Ray Lewis CHRIS LONG Joe Namath Revis
$10.50
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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 8x10 Signed Autograph Auto JSA Authenticated NY Jets
$179.99

Premium Framed Joe Namath Autographed New York Jets Jersey Signed PSA DNA COA
$945.00

Joe Namath Signed Autographed New York Jets Custom Jersey PSA DNA coa
$499.99

Joe Namath HOFer PSA DNA Signed Autographed Auto Jets 83691580
$99.00

Joe Namath Signed Autographed PSA DNA Auto
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Joe Namath Signed HOF Mini-Helmet JSA authenticated!! Jets!!
$129.99

JOE NAMATH Signed JETS Football Throwback Mini Helmet Auto PSA DNA COA !
$189.00

Joe Namath Signed Official National League Baseball JSA COA
$140.00

JOE NAMATH "12" HAND SIGNED NEW YORK JETS ALL EMBROIDERED FOOTBALL STEINER
$169.99

NEW YORK JETS JOE NAMATH #12 SIGNED F S TK HELMET HOF 85 JSA WITNESS!
$349.95

JETS JOE NAMATH AUTHENTIC SIGNED OFFICIAL NFL (TAGLIABUE) FOOTBALL PSA #W55195
$349.99

Joe Namath Signed 30x40 Photo AUTO PSA DNA Sticker ONLY New York Jets HOF
$299.99

Joe Namath Autographed Signed Official NFL Football Steiner New York Jets
$249.99

Joe Namath signed 12x19 1965 Topps Rookie Card Print photo Jets PSA DNA auto
$199.99

JOE "WILLIE" NAMATH SIGNED ALABAMA 8X10 OA STEINER
$69.95

STEINER JOE NAMATH SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ON FIELD NEW YORK JETS PROLINE HELMET!!!
$398.88
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