Fran Tarkenton Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Fran Tarkenton

Date of Birth: 2/3/1940
Rookie Card Year: 1962
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Fran Tarkenton football cards and autographed memorabilia are highly collectible as a result of his stellar playing days and notable post-retirement career in broadcasting. Drafted in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings in 1961, Tarkenton would make his pro debut later that season.

The nine-time Pro Bowler led his team to three NFC Championships and won the league's MVP award in 1975. Known for his mobility, Tarkenton changed the idea of quarterbacks simply being pocket passers.

Fran Tarkenton's lone rookie card hails from the 1962 Topps Football set and is one of the famed short-printed cards. In addition to his base card, Tarkenton also has a Topps Bucks insert from the set. He also has food issue cards in 1962 Kahn's Football and 1962 Post Cereal.

Tarkenton's first autographed card was part of 1989 Goal Line Art Series 1.  His first memorabilia cards would be produced by multiple companies in the year 2000, most with print runs of 100 or fewer. A handful of these cards also include Tarkenton's autograph.

Fran Tarkenton has always been a willing in-person signer and is a frequent participant in autograph signing events. Despite bringing the Giants out of the league cellar, he is still best remembered as a Viking and it is those items that carry a premium.

Fran Tarkenton Rookie Cards

1962 Topps Fran Tarkenton RC #90

1962 Topps Fran Tarkenton RC #90

The 1962 Topps Football set is distinct and iconic for its layout and design. The horizontally oriented cards feature two images on the card front: a large, posed color image of the player and a smaller black and white game action shot. A bright yellow background and contrasting red lettering list the player's name, while smaller black text list his team and position.

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2001 upper deck Pros & Prospects auto game used jersey card of Fran Tarkenton sp
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1967 PHILADELPHIA #106 FRAN TARKENTON, VIKINGS HOF VG EX, SOLID, GREAT COLOR
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1963 Topps # 98 Fran Tarkenton EX condition Minnesota Vikings
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1962 Post #184 Francis Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Fran Rookie Football Card
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1962 Post #184 Francis Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Fran Rookie Football Card
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1962 Post #184 Francis Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Fran Rookie Football Card
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1971 Topps Fran Tarkenton #120 EX MINT+
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1971 Topps Fran Tarkenton #120 EX MINT
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1964 Philadelphia #109 FRAN TARKENTON HOF Vikings PSA 7 h8988
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1966 Philadelphia #114 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Football Card
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1966 Philadelphia #114 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Football Card
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1966 Philadelphia #114 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Football Card
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1966 Philadelphia #114 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Football Card
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2016 Donruss Press Proof Silver Die-Cut #178 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings
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2016 Donruss Press Proof Silver Die-Cut #178 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings
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2004 LIMITED FRAN TARKENTON AUTO #D 10 DUAL GAME WORN JERSEY RARE HOF QB 10 MD
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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