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

1963 Topps Football Ray Nitschke RC

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.

Top eBay Listings

1969 TOPPS #55 RAY NITSCHKE SGC 84 7 PACKERS NICELY CENTERED *18871
$49.00

1966 PHILADELPHIA #87 RAY NITSCHKE PACKERS HOF PSA 8 F1869851-243
$135.99

1967 PHILADELPHIA #79 RAY NITSCHKE PACKERS HOF PSA 9 (OC) F1869963-305
$80.99

1968 Topps #157 Ray Nitschke, Green Bay Packers PSA 8 NMMT
$139.95

NFL Legends Series2 Ray Nitschke
$28.00

1968 Topps #157 RAY NITSCHKE (HOF) PSA 8 NM MT Green Bay PACKERS ILLINOIS
$179.99

RAY NITSCHKE GB GREEN BAY PACKERS 1971 TOPPS CARD #133
$8.99

1963 Topps #96 - Ray Nitschke (RC) - PSA 7 -- Packers HoF Rookie (mikedenero)
$260.00

1963 Topps Football RAY NITSCHKE Rookie Card Green Bay Packers #96 PSA 5
$42.00

1966 philadelphia #87 ray nitschke PSA 8 NM-MT
$150.00

1970 RAY NITSCHKE 55 TOPPS NFL FOOTBALL CARD
$9.99

1997 Topps Ray Nitschke Auto Autograph Green Bay Packers
$159.99

1963 Topps Ray Nitschke Rookie Rc Exmt-Near Mint No Creases
$89.99

3140* 1971 Topps # 133 Ray Nitschke Ex-Mt
$10.00

RAY NITSCHKE Green Bay Packers 1969 Dime Insert Football Coin Card RARE
$5.00

RAY NITSCHKE Green Bay Packers 1969 Nickel Insert Football Coin Card RARE
$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

Ray Nitschke Signature Example

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.

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Ray Nitschke Packers Signed Cut PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto
$49.00

RAY NITSCHKE Signed FIRST DAY COVER FDC PSA DNA Slabbed
$79.99

RAY NITSCHKE SIGNED 1990 PRO SET SUPER BOWL CARD FOOTBALL HOF DECEASED
$39.99

Ray Nitschke #1 8x10 Signed W JSA Certification Green Bay Packers 1715
$195.95

Ray Nitschke Signed 1994 Ted Williams Company Card JSA COA
$99.95

Ray Nitschke Signed 1990 Pro Set Super Bowl Supermen Card # 92 JSA COA
$99.95

Ray Nitschke Signed 1990 Swell Hall of Fame Card # 96 JSA COA
$99.95

Green Bay Packers HOF Ray Nitschke (d.98) Signed 5x8 Autograph Photo JSA COA J14
$99.99

RAY NITSCHKE Autographed 16X20 Photo JSA LOA HOLO Green Bay Packers Auto Signed
$499.99

Ray Nitschke Signed 75th Anniversary Official Wilson NFL Game Football PSA DNA
$1,350.00

RAY NITSCHKE Signed 3X5 Index Card- PACKERS, Fighting Illini JSA Certified
$49.95

RAY NITSCHKE Signed 1994 Ted Williams Co Card PSA DNA Slabbed
$69.99

PSA DNA RAY NITSCHKE AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED PLAIN WHITE 3x5 INDEX CARD 83418718
$79.72

PSA DNA RAY NITSCHKE "HOF 1978" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED WHITE 3x5 INDEX CARD 83588003
$99.82

PSA DNA RAY NITSCHKE "HOF 1978" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED WILSON NFL FOOTBALL V04486
$449.56

PSA DNA RAY NITSCHKE "HOF 1978" AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED RIDDELL MINI-HELMET X10789
$599.64
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