Rookie Card Year: 2005
Investment Rating: 6.5
Playing a key role on a resurgent San Francisco 49ers team, Frank Gore cards have gathered some steam. One of the NFL's most consistent running backs, collectors have lots to chase of the University of Miami alumnus.
The 49ers took Gore in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He broke the 1,000 yards rushing barrier five times in his first seven seasons. Gore is already a multi-time Pro Bowl selection. He has a knack for raising his play during big games, including a clutch two-touchdown performance in the 49ers comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons in the 2012 NFC championship game.
There is no shortage of Frank Gore rookie cards. He appears in 40 different sets. Released in 2005, the first Frank Gore cards cover all price ranges. However, as a third round pick, he wasn't a key focus in many high-end sets. As a result, there's solid balance between his low- and high-end rookies.
While one of football's better running backs, Frank Gore cards aren't part of the hobby's elite. At least not yet. A Super Bowl victory and a place on a hot team, though, could lead to strong growth moving forward.
Top Frank Gore Rookie Cards
Just as the brand name implies, this is one of the most limited autographed Frank Gore rookie cards. Serial numbered to just 100 copies, the appeal of the limited quantity is unfortunately offset by the aesthetics of the card. The sticker autograph severely detracts from the card design.
This card may have a higher print run than a lot of other high-end Frank Gore rookies, but it still has lots of appeal. Besides the on-card autograph and patch swatch, there's a lot of history and loyalty behind the SP Authentic name.
Featuring dual jersey swatches and an autograph, the card is serial numbered to 199. The gold accents, full-color photo and fonts, make for an attractive card. The Exquisite name also carries a lot of clout behind it.
Featuring a large image of Gore in a posed action shot, the card features an on-card autograph and is serial numbered to 225 total copies.
Frank Gore Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
- 2005 Bowman #130
- 2005 Prestige #180
- 2005 Score #367
- 2005 Topps #418
- 2005 Topps Bazooka #177
- 2005 Topps Draft Picks and Prospects #159
- 2005 Topps Finest #121
- 2005 Topps Heritage #73
- 2005 Topps Total #441
- 2005 Topps Turkey Red #184
- 2005 Ultra #248
- 2005 Upper Deck #221
- 2005 Upper Deck ESPN #114
- 2005 Upper Deck Kickoff #134
- 2005 Upper Deck Rookie Debut #134
- 2005 Upper Deck Rookie Material #108
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 2005 Absolute Memorabilia #217 Jersey #/750
- 2005 Bowman's Best #111 Jersey #/799
- 2005 Donruss Classics #220 Jersey #/999
- 2005 Donruss Gridiron Gear #124 #/399
- 2005 Elite #148 #/499
- 2005 Leaf Certified Materials #212 Jersey #/999
- 2005 Leaf Rookies & Stars #262 Jersey #/750
- 2005 Playoff Honors #212 Jersey #/750
- 2005 Throwback Threads #212 Jersey
- 2005 Topps Chrome #177
- 2005 Upper Deck Legends #124 #/725
- 2005 Upper Deck Portraits #123 #/425
- 2005 Upper Deck Reflections #243 #/499
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2005 Bowman Chrome #259 Autograph
- 2005 Leaf Limited #212 Autographed Jersey #/100
- 2005 Playoff Contenders #139 Autograph
- 2005 SP Authentic #224 Autographed Jersey #/899
- 2005 SPx #200 Autographed Jersey #/1275
- 2005 Topps Pristine #159 Autograph #/100
- 2005 Upper Deck Exquisite #93 Autographed Dual Jersey #/199
- 2005 Upper Deck Foundations #212 Autograph #/699
- 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot #256 Autograph #/650
- 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #216 Autograph #/225
- 2005 Zenith #162 Autograph #/99
Frank Gore Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Frank Gore's authentic signature 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, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Frank Gore Cut Signature Exemplar
Frank Gore Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Frank Gore signature autograph is very difficult to replicate and will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Gore's signature has fluctuated through the years, however, regardless of the item being signed or the time period in which it was signed, look for the following signature features:
Frank Gore Signature Characteristics
- The entire signature is written on a slight upward angle of about 15 degrees.
- The letter "F" is over-sized in comparison to other letters and contains a small loop at both the top and bottom of the letter.
- The letter "r" is legible coming right of off the "F."
- The letter "a" is implied and the letter "k" is discernible but consists of a broken pen stroke.
- The letter "G" is odd in formation, showing a bit of a hesitation, it contains a, typically, closed loop at the bottom.
- The letter "o" is visible but not distinguishable.
- A small, slightly curved tail coming of the letter "r" finishes the signature.
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