Larry Csonka Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Larry Csonka

Date of Birth: 12/25/1946
Rookie Card Year: 1969
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

Larry Csonka was a key part of the Miami Dolphins dynasty of the early 1970s. The value and popularity of his football cards and autographed memorabilia reflect this prestigious honor. A five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl Champion (including a Super Bowl MVP), Csonka has solidified his place in football history. He has maintained a presence in football as a vocal antagonist to any team that comes close to obtaining an undefeated season, the reason being is that to this day, his 1972 Dolphins are the only team since the AFL-NFL merger, to accomplish this monumental task.

Larry Csonka has a single rookie card that is found in 1969 Topps Football. He also has a card that was issued in 1968 by Champion Corn Flakes, a regional food issue.

Interesting to note is that given his stature in the sport, he has a relatively limited number of certified autographs. His first was a Goal Line Art cards, circa 1989-1997. He's also included in the 1997 Upper Deck Legends Football Autographs set as a short-print.

In 2000, collectors were treated to Larry Csonka's first memorabilia cards. Donruss/Playoff included him on the checklist of two products, 2000 Leaf Certified Heritage and 2000 Playoff Momentum.  Momentum has a total of three cards featuring Csonka. One features him solo and is serial numbered to 100. Another pairs him with Fran Tarkenton and is limited to 50 copies. The final card also includes Csonka's signature and is numbered to just 25. All of the memorabilia pieces are from a game-used football.

The 2000 Leaf Certified Heritage card would be the first that showcased an actual piece of a game-worn Larry Csonka jersey. It is limited to 100 serial numbered copies and is considered to be the most desirable of his early memorabilia cards.

A frequent signer at regional and national autograph events and sports collectibles conventions, Csonka has plenty of autographed memorabilia in the marketplace. Values remain relatively strong given the ample supply that exists due to his popularity and longevity.

Larry Csonka Rookie Card

1969 Topps Larry Csonka RC #120

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Posed against a bright red background, the contrast of the Dolphin's teal uniform provides for a striking image. The placement of the Dolphins logo and the player details at the bottom of the card provide a nice blend of design elements.

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1969 Topps Football Card #120 - Larry Csonka (R)
$40.00
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1971 TOPPS CARD #45 LARRY CSONKA
$6.00
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1980 Topps #485 Larry Csonka Dolphins PSA 10 GEM MINT POP 5
$189.99
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Larry Csonka Sports Heroes, Feats & Facts Sheet #44 (Miami Dolphins)
$7.49
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1971 Topps #45 Larry Csonka EX+ D396047
$5.95
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1971 Topps #45 Larry Csonka EX+ D156767
$5.25
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1971 Topps #45 Larry Csonka EX+ D156769
$5.25
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1971 Topps #45 Larry Csonka EX+ D156768
$5.25
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1971 Topps #45 Larry Csonka EX+ D183794
$5.25
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1971 Topps #45 Larry Csonka NM A482298
$12.11
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1971 Topps #45 Larry Csonka EX+ D453257
$5.95
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1971 Topps #45 Larry Csonka EXMT+ A166958
$9.19
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1971 Topps #45 Larry Csonka EXMT+ A65495
$6.13
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1971 Topps #45 Larry Csonka EXMT A453391
$7.86
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1969 Topps #120 Larry Csonka RC G B519477
$10.41
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1969 Topps #120 Larry Csonka RC VGEX B519842
$17.21
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Autograph Guide

Larry Csonka Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Larry Csonka 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.

Larry Csonka Signature Example

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Larry Csonka Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Larry Csonka signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. His signature has varied over the years but has been primarily restricted to just a couple of letters, specifically the "K" in Csonka that, in more recent years, is printed. However, regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. A signature that is relatively easy to discern, written on a near-horizontal plain.
  2. The initials "L" and "C" of the first and last name are over-sized compared to the other letters. The loops of the "L", both top and bottom can very, sometimes forming complete loops and other times not.
  3. The pen lifts after the "r" to being the remaining letters, the "a" is not fully closed, the "r"s are legible and identical, the "y" has a very shallow loop with a tail that drops well below the horizontal plane.
  4. The "C" usually includes a curl on the top, the letters "s," "o" and "n" are easily discernible.
  5. The letter's "k" and "a" are the ones that can vary significantly, in the sample above they appear to have been replaced by an "l," while in some of the newer samples below you can distinctly see the "K" and the "a."

Larry Csonka Signed Football Pricing:

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Larry Csonka Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Larry Csonka Signed Photograph Pricing:

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LARRY CSONKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED SYRACUSE ORANGE #39 THROWBACK JERSEY JSA
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LARRY CSONKA DOLPHINS HAND SIGNED CARD PSA DNA AUTO 1991 ENOR PRO FOOTBALL #31
$39.99
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Steiner Sports Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins Signed Duke Football "'72 17-0" W CS
$589.98
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LARRY CSONKA HAND SIGNED 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS 2-BAR MINI HELMET HOF 87 PSA DNA
$179.99
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LARRY CSONKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MIAMI DOLPHINS FULLSIZE LOGO FOOTBALL HOF 87 PSA
$229.99
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LARRY CSONKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MIAMI DOLPHINS FULLSIZE LOGO FOOTBALL SB MVP PSA
$229.99
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Larry Csonka 1993 Signed Goal Line Art Card JSA COA Hall of Fame Miami Dolphins
$49.99
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LARRY CSONKA SIGNED GOAL LINE ART CARD AUTOGRAPH JSA
$89.95
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LARRY CSONKA SIGNED NFL HALL OF FAME BRONZE BUST POSTCARD PSA DNA AUTO LE 150
$73.47
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Larry Csonka Signed F S Syracuse Orange Helmet TRISTAR
$374.99
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LARRY CSONKA SIGNED DOLPHINS FULL SIZE TK AUTHENTIC HELMET JSA COA
$199.99
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1985 Football Immortals #137 Larry Csonka PSA Certified Auto Autograph Signed
$39.99
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LARRY CSONKA HOF 87 SIGNED JERSEY JSA WITNESS HOLOGRAM & COA DOLPHINS W546249
$289.00
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LARRY CSONKA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED MIAMI DOLPHINS JERSEY JSA COA
$31.99
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LARRY CSONKA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED MIAMI DOLPHINS #39 THROWBACK JERSEY JSA
$299.99
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LARRY CSONKA SIGNED 1976 TOPPS PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$41.50
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