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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1967 Philadelphia #79 Ray Nitschke PSA DNA Gem Mint 10
$500.00
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#01 32 RAY NITSCHKE 2007 LEAF LIMITED BRONZE SPOTLIGHT #176
$14.98
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(3) Card lot of Green Bay Packers Legends Paul Hornung Ray Nitschke Bart Starr
$7.00
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2000 Upper Deck Legends #91 Ray Nitschke TCL 2500 - NM-MT
$5.00
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RAY NITSCHKE 1968 Topps #157 PSA 8 NR-MT Green Bay Packers
$169.99
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2000 Upper Deck Legends #91 Ray Nitschke TCL 2500
$7.10
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06 National Treasures Ray Nitschke Packers Triple Game Worn Jersey Sick! 27 66
$29.99
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1990 PRO SET RAY NITSCHKE AUTO PSA 9 MINT AUTOGRAPH HOF PACKERS AMAZING RARE
$100.00
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1968 Topps RAY NITSCHKE PACKERS VINTAGE BLOWOUT SALE RARE
$29.65
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RAY NITSCHKE 1967 GREEN BAY PACKERS WILLIAMS PORTRAITS LINEN PRINT VINTAGE
$19.95
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1963 Topps #96 Ray Nitschke RC VGEX B608085
$34.21
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1963 Topps #96 Ray Nitschke RC G VG B608019
$28.26
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1965 Philadelphia #79 Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers PSA 8
$49.95
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2007 TREASURES QUAD GAME JERSEY #D 25 25 RAY NITSCHKE-DEACON JONES-DICK BUTKUS +
$99.99
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1971 Topps # 133 Ray Nitschke HOF Packers SGC 96 Mint 9 rare!
$1,300.00
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Green Bay Packers #66 Ray Nitschke `1-1 4" Flat Back Button
$5.00
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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:

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Ray Nitschke Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Ray Nitschke Signed Photographs

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RAY NITSCHKE Signed w HOF 1978 Inscription Index Card Green Bay Packers PSA DNA
$149.00
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Ray Nitschke Packers Autographed Signed w HOF 1978 Football PSA DNA K69652
$399.00
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RARE Ray Nitschke HOF 78 SIGNED Super Bowl Poster JSA CERTIFIED
$59.00
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Ray Nitschke Signed Goal Line Art Card- PSA DNA
$129.00
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Ray Nitschke Bill Forester signed autographed 11x14 JSA
$80.00
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Ray Nitschke Signed Photo 16X20 Unique-1st Day in GB -Numbered Lim. Ed. JSA
$378.00
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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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green bay packers ray nitschke signed football Jsa Hof 1978 Football 66 Number
$175.00
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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 (d.1998) Signed 3X5 Index Card Autographed Green Bay Packers PSA 10
$124.99
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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 8x10 PHOTO SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA I24744 GREEN BAY PACKERS #66
$199.99
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Ray Nitschke signed 3X5 Card PSA DNA Green Bay Packers
$74.95
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