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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3140* 1971 Topps # 133 Ray Nitschke Ex-Mt
$10.00
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Ray Nitschke 1968 Topps Base Card #157 - PSA 6 EX-MT - GREEN BAY PACKERS
$139.99
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TOUGH Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame - Illinois Fighting Illini HOF
$6.99
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1963 TOPPS RAY NITSCHKE RC #96 PSA 8.5 **ULTRA RARE IN HIGH GRADE** HOF PACKERS
$1,350.00
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1963 Topps #96 Ray Nitschke RC - EX-MT
$103.50
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Ray Nitschke of the Green Bay Packers Jersey Card
$9.38
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1966 Philadelphia Football Ray Nitschke #87 Green Bay Packers G-VG
$9.99
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1971 TOPPS FOOTBALL RAY NITSCHKE (7 CARDS)
$6.99
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2006 National Treasures Ray Nitschke Relic Card #38 49 NM
$22.00
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1963 TOPPS #96 RAY NITSCHKE RC PACKERS HOF PSA 5 F1668667-136
$74.99
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1971 TOPPS FOOTBALL #133 RAY NITSCHKE PACKERS EX-MT
$8.80
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PACKERS LEGENDS Rare SP RC Lot w 1969 Donny Anderson GEM, Ray Nitschke #'d 250
$9.99
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1969 TOPPS 4 IN 1 RAY NITSCHKE GRADED NMMT 8
$9.99
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1991 Enor Green Bay Packers Set WILLIE DAVIS RAY NITSCHKE JIM TAYLOR ADDERLEY
$10.00
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2004 Leaf Limited RAY NITSCHKE Gold Spotlight Green Bay Packers HOF Rare SP # 25
$49.95
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1970 Green Bay Packers RARE Volpe Tumbler Ray Nitschke University of Illinois
$249.99
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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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PSA DNA RAY NITSCHKE AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED WILSON NFL GAME MODEL FOOTBALL V04485
$449.56
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PSA DNA RAY NITSCHKE "HOF 1978" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED WILSON NFL FOOTBALL V04486
$449.56
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PACKERS Ray Nitschke Bart Starr Taylor Hornung signed football JSA Autographed
$895.00
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Green Bay Packers HOF Ray Nitschke (d.98) Signed 5x8 Autograph Photo JSA COA J14
$99.99
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Ray Nitschke (d 1998) signed autograph auto 1.5x3.5 cut Football HOF PSA Slabbed
$55.00
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RAY NITSCHKE Autographed 16X20 Photo JSA LOA HOLO Green Bay Packers Auto Signed
$499.99
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RAY NITSCHKE PSA DNA SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$76.00
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED 1990 PRO SET SUPER BOWL CARD FOOTBALL HOF DECEASED PSA DNA
$39.99
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 3X5 INDEX CARD CARD AUTHENIC AUTOGRAPH
$79.00
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 3X5 INDEX CARD CARD AUTHENIC AUTOGRAPH
$79.00
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RARE Ray Nitschke HOF 78 SIGNED Super Bowl Poster JSA CERTIFIED
$59.00
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1989 Swell Greats RAY NITSCHKE Signed Card PSA DNA Slabbed Auto Packers HOF
$74.95
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Ray Nitschke Signed PSA DNA Autographed Index Card Certified Green Bay Packers
$69.00
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RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA 83181988
$99.99
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Ray Nitschke 1969 Topps #55 Signed Autographed Card PSA DNA 8199423
$99.99
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Ray Nitschke HOF Cut JSA Signed Auto Autographed
$34.99
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