Top 10 Jack Nicklaus Golf Cards

Top 10 Jack Nicklaus Golf Cards

The most decorated major golf champion of all-time, Jack Nicklaus is considered by many to be the top golfer in history. The Golden Bear does not hold the record for most PGA wins, but his 18 majors still leads the pack. Although Jack Nicklaus' cardboard options are somewhat limited, vintage cards and autographs are among the most popular choices for collectors.

Because golf cards have only recently received consistent releases, there is really not much available for Jack Nicklaus during the first few decades of his career. Collectors are left with an odd mix of international multi-sport releases and infrequent golf-specific releases. However, there is still plenty to collect and, outside of the premium autographs, the price points will largely accommodate any budget.

The following guide features ten of the top Jack Nicklaus golf cards available to collectors. For additional information, view a detailed collecting profile here.

Top Jack Nicklaus Golf Cards

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1971 Barratt & Co. Ltd. Goldflake Famous Sportsmen Jack Nicklaus #6

While it is not his official rookie, the earliest card for Jack Nicklaus was issued in Britain. The small, Barratt & Co. Ltd. card is considered by most collectors to be the true rookie card for Jack Nicklaus. Part of the Goldflake Famous Sportsmen release, the 50-card set has issues with centering, so high grades carry a premium.

1971 Barratt & Co. Ltd. Goldflake Famous Sportsmen Jack Nicklaus #6

1973 Panini Campioni dello Sport Jack Nicklaus #375

Another early option that is popular with collectors, the 1973-74 Panini Campioni dello Sport is part of a sticker set released in Italy. The simple card has a close-up image of Nicklaus and collectors prefer versions where the back is still intact. A PSA 9 sold for $1,100 in March of 2015.

1973 Panini Campioni dello Sport Jack Nicklaus #375

1979 Quelcom Ases Mundiales Deporte Jack Nicklaus #154 (2 versions)

The resemblance may not be amazing, but as one of just a few cards to pre-date Nicklaus' official rookie card, the 1979 Quelcom Ases Mundiales Deporte card offers collectors more vintage golf options. The Spanish release is actually found in two different sizes and both cards are quite rare.

1979 Quelcom Ases Mundiales Deporte Jack Nicklaus #154

1979 Venorlandus World of Sport Our Heroes Jack Nicklaus #22

Featuring a cartoon quality, the 1979 Venorlandus World of Sport card for Jack Nicklaus is part of the Our Heroes series and one of the most affordable vintage options for The Golden Bear. The 48-card set is fairly common and was originally issued in Britain.

1979 Venorlandus World of Sport Our Heroes Jack Nicklaus #22

1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus RC #13

Coming a full twenty years after he turned pro, the official Jack Nicklaus rookie card was released in 1981 Donruss Golf. The product was originally available as a 60-card set and there are also five Statistical Leader cards, including Nicklaus, that are not numbered. While the main Jack Nicklaus card is very common and ungraded copies can be found for under $10, a BGS 10 sold for $2,950 in February of 2015.

1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus RC #13 1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus Statistical Leader

2001 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Jack Nicklaus #JN

Flash forward to 2001 and collectors were treated to another first for Jack Nicklaus. While 2001 SP Authentic is mostly known for the Tiger Woods rookie card, it also marks the first pack-pulled autograph for Nicklaus. The limited Sign of the Times autograph also has a gold parallel, numbered to 25.

2001 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Jack Nicklaus #JN

2002 SP Game Used Front 9 Fabric Jack Nicklaus #F9S-JN #/100

One year later, 2002 SP Game Used was the place to find one of the earliest autographed relics for Jack Nicklaus. Part of the Front 9 Fabric insert, the card is signed on-card and numbered to 100. A small piece of a golf shirt worn by Nicklaus in an official tournament is also included and there is a base relic version that is not signed.

2002 SP Game Used Front 9 Fabric Jack Nicklaus #F9S-JN

2012/2014 SP Game Used Inked Drivers Jack Nicklaus #ID-JN

Still one of the most innovative cards to enter the hobby in past few years, Inked Drivers from SP Game Used features a signed slab of metal that resembles the face of a driver. Further adding to the interest, cards released in 2012 and 2014 for Nicklaus includes a variety of ink and driver colors with different rarities.

2012 SP Game Used Inked Drivers Jack Nicklaus

2014 SP Game Used Inked Drivers Jack Nicklaus

2014 Exquisite Collection Autographs Jack Nicklaus

Long known as one of the top brands for high-end collectors, golf was given the Exquisite Collection treatment in 2014 and includes several signed cards for Jack Nicklaus. Instead of singling out one specific card, several are highlighted below to showcase the various designs. However, one consistent thing is the premium look and on-card autographs.

2014 Exquisite Collection Signature Masterpiece Autographs Jack Nicklaus2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Golf Signed Jumbo Swatch Jack Nicklaus

2014 Exquisite Collection Legacy Signature Autographs Jack Nicklaus2014 Exquisite Collection Dimensions Autographs Jack Nicklaus

2014 SP Authentic Authentic Moments Autographs Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer #72

Pairing two of the biggest names in the history of golf, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer both have on-card signatures for the Authentic Moments subset card in 2014 SP Authentic Golf. Two golf giants are shown surveying the green during the 1971 Ryder Cup.

2014 SP Authentic Authentic Moments Autographs Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer #72

Top eBay Listings

1987 Fax-Pax Jack Nicklaus PSA 9 Mint Sporting Personalities
$24.99

Jack Nicklaus 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Horizontal Variations Card *O510
$44.95

1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus #13 Tom Kite #20
$16.00

1981 GOLF CARDS Jack Nicklaus Lee Trevino Fuzzy Zoeller Weiskopf Nr Mint Donruss
$6.00

Jack Nicklaus Autographed Sportscaster Recontre Card JSA Cert of Authentication
$119.00

1981 Donruss #13 Jack Nicklaus Beckett 10 Mint Mint Beckett Rookie
$89.00

2001 Upper Deck Golf #GG1 JACK NICKLAUS GOLF GALLERY--PSA MINT 9
$5.00

1979 Venorlandus Jack Nicklaus Masters tough early British card MINT PSA 9
$26.02

Jack Nicklaus 2014 Upper Deck UD Exquisite Golf Base Card 60 125
$39.99

JACK NICKLAUS 2015 GOUDEY GOODWIN CHAMPIONS MEMORABILIA CARD MINT CONDITION
$15.98

2001 Upper Deck Golf #53 JACK NICKLAUS LEGEND'S--PSA NM-MT+ 8.5
$9.75

2003 SP Authentic #78 Jack Nicklaus SC 523 1963 + 24 More Nicklaus Cards
$10.00

2008 Upper Deck Goudey Baseball #264 - #315 - Choose Your Cards
$10.00

Question of Sport Picture Card - Jack Nicklaus - Great Condition
$13.30

Jack Nicklaus RC 1981 Donruss #13 BGS 5.5 4 8.5 9 8.5
$15.00

1981 Donruss Golf Card - #13 - Jack Nicklaus
$10.00
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