Tony Gonzalez Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Tony Gonzalez

Date of Birth: 2/27/1976
Rookie Card Year: 1997
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Tony Gonzalez helped to bring the tight end position some much deserved star power. As a result, Tony Gonzalez cards and autographed memorabilia are well respected. Upon his retirement at the conclusion of the 2013 season, he held the all-time record for most touchdowns (111) and reception yardage (15,127) by a tight end. He was an All-Pro a record 14 times.

Gonzalez has a total of 40 rookie cards. They were issued in various products during the 1997 season. He has no rookie autograph or memorabilia cards. Additionally, Gonzalez has a little-known card that was issued by the California Highway Patrol in 1996.

His first certified autograph cards were issued in 1997. They are all insert cards. As such, they do not qualify for official rookie card status. One of his most popular early autographed cards is from 1997 Leaf Signature Series. The card has a known print run of 4,000 copies but is not serial numbered.

Tony Gonzalez's first game-used memorabilia cards were issued by Topps in 2000. He has jersey cards in Bowman Reserve, Finest, Topps Football and Topps Stars.

With a lengthy career in the NFL, Gonzalez has signed his share of material. Having played for several teams, his popularity isn't isolated to one specific team or market. Signed footballs are the most commonly found items. Gonzalez is sure to be elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame when he is eligible. The prices for his autographed memorabilia will almost certainly see an increase.

Top 5 Tony Gonzalez Rookie Cards

1997 Bowman's Best Tony Gonzalez RC #101

1997 Bowmans Best Tony Gonzalez RC 211x300 Image

The Bowman's Best brand was a premium alternative to traditional Bowman products. The thicker card stock and Chrome technology combine to make an aesthetically pleasing photo in both look and feel.

1997 Topps Finest Tony Gonzalez RC #269

1997 Finest Tony Gonzalez RC 214x300 Image

When Finest emerged on the scene as a premium offering, it was an instant success. The cards are layered with a protective film, that most collectors quickly stripped and discarded. This card is often submitted for professional grading.

1997 Playoff Contenders Tony Gonzalez RC  #72

1997 Playoff Contenders Tony Gonzalez RC 214x300 Image

The Playoff Contenders brand has had a loyal following for years. Gonzalez's card is no exception. Both this version and its Refractor parallel are commonly submitted for professional grading. Those returning high marks can sell at a premium due to that brand loyalty.

 1997 SP Authentic Tony Gonzalez RC #11

1997 SPA Tony Gonzalez RC 210x300 Image

The Future Watch subset of SP Authentic has been an instrumental part of Upper Deck's success across every sport. This card came before the card maker started serial numbering their rookies in the set. Even still, it's one of the more valuable Tony Gonzalez rookie cards.

1997 Upper Deck Tony Gonzalez RC #9

1997 UD Tony Gonzalez RC 212x300 Image

Of the top-end Tony Gonzalez rookie cards, this one is the least expensive. Interest in this card continues to increase as more examples are submitted for professional grading.

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1997 Donruss Preferred #102 Tony Gonzalez B RC Rookie Card
$7.99
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TONY GONZALEZ 2006 TOPPS DPP"CLASS OF '97" MEMORABILIA FOOTBALL CARD
$5.00
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2001 UPPERDECK GAME GEAR TONY GONZALEZ AUTO AUTOGRAPH
$49.99
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$50.00
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2006 Leaf FOTG Fabric of the Game Tony Gonzalez Jersey # 9 25
$14.99
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$21.99
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2007 UD PREMIER STITCHINGS TONY GONZALEZ NFL PRO BOWL PATCH 75
$9.99
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Tony Gonzalez 2006 Leaf Rookie & Stars LONGEVITY RED JERSEY & UD GOLD INSERT
$9.99
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50) Lot of Tony Gonzalez Card #375 2012 Topps Football Cards
$29.99
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1999 Finest Refractors #103 Tony Gonzalez
$6.00
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TONY GONZALEZ 2012 Panini Totally Certified Platinum Blue JERSEY # 99 Falcons
$5.00
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Rare 11 03 SI for Kids TONY GONZALEZ Rookie Card, TE-Kansas City Chiefs #318
$6.50
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Tony Gonzalez Rookie Auto 1997 ProLine His Best Rookie Future HOF EBay 1 1 Rare
$129.00
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1997 SP Authentic TONY GONZALEZ Chiefs Rookie RC On-Card Auto SIGN OF THE TIMES
$69.99
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(56) Tony Gonzalez Kansas City Chiefs Rookie football cards California Bears
$14.95
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1997 BOWMAN'S BEST #101 TONY GONZALEZ RC PSA 9 F1688480-697
$6.99
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Rookie Cards

Tony Gonzalez Rookie Card Checklist

1997 Donruss Tony Gonzalez RC 217x300 Image

Budget Rookie Cards

  • 1997 Collector's Choice #12
  • 1997 Collector's Edge Extreme #80
  • 1997 Donruss #211
  • 1997 Fleer Goudey II #136
  • 1997 Leaf #174
  • 1997 Metal Universe #193
  • 1997 Pinnacle #163
  • 1997 Pinnacle Certified #149
  • 1997 Pinnacle Inside #143
  • 1997 Pinnacle X-Press #117
  • 1997 Playoff First and Ten #62
  • 1997 Playoff Zone #144
  • 1997 Pro Line #278
  • 1997 Pro Line Gems #79
  • 1997 Pro Line Memorabilia #23
  • 1997 Revolution #67
  • 1997 Score #289
  • 1997 Score Board Playbook #86
  • 1997 Score Board Playbook By The Numbers #RK1
  • 1997 SkyBox Impact #223
  • 1997 Ultra #212

1997 Stadium Club Tony Gonzalez RC 218x300 Image

Mid-Range Rookie Cards

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1997 Donruss Preferred #102 Tony Gonzalez B RC Rookie Card
$7.99
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$21.99
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Tony Gonzalez 2006 Leaf Rookie & Stars LONGEVITY RED JERSEY & UD GOLD INSERT
$9.99
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Rare 11 03 SI for Kids TONY GONZALEZ Rookie Card, TE-Kansas City Chiefs #318
$6.50
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Tony Gonzalez Rookie Auto 1997 ProLine His Best Rookie Future HOF EBay 1 1 Rare
$129.00
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1997 SP Authentic TONY GONZALEZ Chiefs Rookie RC On-Card Auto SIGN OF THE TIMES
$69.99
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(56) Tony Gonzalez Kansas City Chiefs Rookie football cards California Bears
$14.95
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1997 BOWMAN'S BEST #101 TONY GONZALEZ RC PSA 9 F1688480-697
$6.99
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Tony Gonzalez, 1997 Skybox Premium, ROOKIE!!!, Beckett 9
$8.54
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TONY GONZALEZ 34 Card Lot 1997 RC Chiefs Rookie Donruss Preferred +Finest+Score+
$69.99
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1997 Leaf-#174-TONY Gonzalez- Gold Leaf Rookie Lot Of 5 Plus 1997 UD3 #3
$12.99
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BGS 10 PRISTINE TONY GONZALEZ * pop 1* 1997 BOWMANS BEST # 101 ROOKIE RC CHIEFS
$399.99
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PSA 8 1997 97 Finest Refractor TONY GONZALEZ RC Rookie REF HOF #269 w Coating
$59.99
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1997 PINNACLE TONY GONZALEZ RC PLATINUM RED #149 NUM.3887 4999 CHIEFS MINT HOF!
$12.99
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Lot of 9 1997 Bowmans Best # 101 Tony Gonzalez Rookie Cards Kansas City Chiefs
$9.99
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1997 Pinnacle Certified Tony Gonzalez #149 RED Rookie RC PSA GEM MINT 10
$32.49
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Autograph Guide

Tony Gonzalez Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Tony Gonzalez 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.

Tony Gonzalez Cut Signature Exemplar:

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Tony Gonzalez Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tony Gonzalez autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature is written on a slightly elevated angle.
  2. The lettering is written in cursive.
  3. The dominant letters, "T" and "G" are distinguishable.
  4. The "T" starts with a small hooked line and comes around extending to the right on a 45-degree angle.
  5. The "o" is sometimes open and sometimes closed.
  6. The "n" is implied but the "y" is legible.
  7. The "G" is unique in that you can identify three loops all connecting to form somewhat of a clover shape.
  8. The "o" is usually open.
  9. The remaining letters are not discernible.
  10. His jersey number "88" often accompanies his name.

Tony Gonzalez Signed Football Pricing:

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Tony Gonzalez Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Tony Gonzalez Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Very Rare TONY GONZALEZ Signed Nike Football Cleat JSA COA
$225.00
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Tony Gonzalez 1997 Score Board Basketball Rookies Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$99.99
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Tony Gonzalez 2011 Defy Magazine Signed Auto JSA COA
$99.99
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TONY GONZALEZ SIGNED 1997 UDCC FOOTBALL ROOKIE CARD RC *PSA ENCAPSULATED* CHIEFS
$99.99
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Tony Gonzalez Football Signed Index Card PSA Certified Graded Mint 9
$69.99
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TONY GONZALEZ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS CAL 1997 TOPPS ROOKIE RC SIGNED PSA DNA SLABBED
$99.99
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