Ray Nitschke Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Ray Nitschke

Date of Birth: 12/29/36
Rookie Card Year: 1963
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

When it comes to legendary football players from the smash-mouth, glory days of the 1960s, few were tougher than Ray Nitschke. As a 15-year member of the Green Bay Packers, his football cards and autographed memorabilia have always in strong demand. His dominating presence at linebacker helped the Packers win five NFL Championships and two Super Bowls.

Ray Nitschke's rookie card was released as part of the 1963 Topps Football set. He also has three other cards that were issued in his early years. The most notable are a 1959 Packers team-issue, 1961 Lake to Lake and 1961 Kahn's.

Ray Nitschke has several autograph cards in the market including a Goal Line Art Card, circa 1989-1997, as well as issues from 1995 Collector's Edge and both Topps and Upper Deck in 1997. One of Nitschke's most popular autograph cards comes from 1997 Upper Deck Legends Autographs. The set is a modern classic, loaded with early Hall of Fame players and Nitschke's is among the most desirable.

Nitschke also has several memorabilia cards. His first were in 2000 Leaf Certified Heritage Collection. Two cards were issued in the set, the first serial numbered to 100 total copies and the second, a parallel, with a stated print run of just 21.

Ray Nitschke died relatively young at the age of 61. However, he does have plenty of signed memorabilia in the marketplace. Prices reflect its popularity and investment potential.

Ray Nitschke Rookie Card

1963 Topps Football Ray Nitschke RC #96

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It's very unfortunate that the great Ray Nitschke is photographed in one of the most ridiculous poses ever featured on a trading card. His face has a look that says, "You want me to do what? Like this?" The color schemed borders are a nice design element and the text and font choice add a nice accent. However, nothing can detract from that dreadful photograph.

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1963 TOPPS #96 RAY NITSCHKE GREEN BAY PACKERS RC, NICE!!, BV $150.00
$68.50
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2000 Upper Deck Legends #91 Ray Nitschke TCL 2500
$7.10
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2005 Leaf Limited Round by Round Ray Nitschke & Ahman Green jersey #D43 75 *3977
$20.99
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Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers Lot of Three Cards
$6.00
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1997 Topps Ray Nitschke Auto Autograph Green Bay Packers
$159.99
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RAY NITSCHKE 1970 TOPPS #55 PSA 9 PACKERS HOF
$60.25
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1968 Topps RAY NITSCHKE PACKERS VINTAGE BLOWOUT SALE RARE
$29.65
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Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke 1997 Upper Deck Autograph Auto #AL-15
$124.95
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2006 Donruss Classics Ray Nitschke Timeless Tributes #20 50 Packers
$6.99
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Complete 12 card 1969 Topps Green Bay Packers Team Set Bart Starr Ray Nitschke
$59.99
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2000 Upper Deck Legends #91 Ray Nitschke TCL 2500 - NM-MT
$5.00
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RAY NITSCHKE Packers Signed Autographed 3 x 5 Index Card SGC COA
$64.99
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RAY NITSCHKE Packers SIGNED 1990 Super Bowl Supermen Autograph #92 SGC COA
$64.99
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1963 Topps #96 Ray Nitschke RC PSA 7 Green Bay Packers HOF
$275.00
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RAY NITSCHKE Packers SIGNED 1990 Super Bowl Supermen Autograph #92 ON CARD AUTO
$49.95
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RAY NITSCHKE 1969 TOPPS #55 PSA 7 PACKERS zz1
$29.00
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Autograph Guide

Ray Nitschke Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Ray Nitschke 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.

Ray Nitschke Cut Signature Exemplar

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Ray Nitschke Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ray Nitschke 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 fairly legible and even handed signature written on a relatively horizontal plane with a distinct lean to the right.
  2. The letters "R" and "N" are over-sized in nature.
  3. There are no stops and starts and is very fluid.
  4. Signature remained legible even into Nitschke's later years
  5. The "R" has a line that goes down and to the left on a 45-degree angle before starting a wide curl back and to the right and then down.
  6. The "a" is not connected to the "R" and displays an open loop, the "y" looks like a "u" with a short straight line below the plane.
  7. The "N" starts with a unique long vertical tail at the top before beginning the letter.
  8. The "i" is dotted, The "t" is crossed", the "h" looks more like a closed loop "l", the "e" shows no loop usually.

Ray Nitschke Signed Football Pricing:

Active Listings for Ray Nitschke Signed Footballs

 

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Ray Nitschke Signed Helmet Pricing:

Active Listings for Ray Nitschke Signed Helmets

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Ray Nitschke Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Ray Nitschke Signed Photographs

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Ray Nitschke Signed Rowe Postcard HOF-D PSA DNA Slabbed
$85.00
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED JSA CERTED 5X7 HAND DRAWN PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$95.00
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PACKERS RAY NITSCHKE "HOF 1978" AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1.75X4.25 CUT PSA DNA SLABBED
$249.99
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED AUTHENTIC 1989 SWELL CARD GREEN BAY PACKERS JSA COA
$129.99
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED AUTHENTIC 1988 SWELL CARD GREEN BAY PACKERS JSA COA
$129.99
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED AUTHENTIC GB PACKERS REPORT CARD GREEN BAY PACKERS JSA COA
$99.99
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO #81986838
$99.99
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED DATED PSA DNA AUTO 81980044
$99.99
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA#81980046 INDEX CARD AUTO
$99.99
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RAY NITSCHKE Signed w HOF 1978 Inscription Index Card Green Bay Packers PSA DNA
$149.00
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PSA DNA RAY NITSCHKE "HOF 1978" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED WILSON NFL FOOTBALL V04486
$449.56
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PSA DNA RAY NITSCHKE GREEN BAY PACKERS AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO W32310
$99.82
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Ray Nitschke (d.1998) Signed 3X5 Index Card Autographed Green Bay Packers PSA 10
$124.99
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RAY NITSCHKE Signed 3X5 Index Card- PACKERS, Fighting Illini JSA Certified
$52.52
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RARE Ray Nitschke HOF 78 SIGNED Super Bowl Poster JSA CERTIFIED
$49.00
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RAY NITSCHKE 8x10 PHOTO SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA I24744 GREEN BAY PACKERS #66
$199.99
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