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Gale Sayers Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Gale Sayers

Date of Birth: 5/30/1943
Rookie Card Year: 1966
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Gale Sayers was a dynamic running back whose emergence in the NFL ushered in a new era of speed, agility and pass catching from the position. As a result, Gale Sayers football cards and autographed memorabilia remain incredibly popular.

A two-time All-American at Kansas earned him the nickname "the Kansas Comet." Drafted by the Chicago Bears with the fourth overall pick in 1965, hopes were high that Sayers' potent running ability would lead to postseason glory.

Unfortunately for Bears fans, Sayers' career was cut short by injury after just seven seasons. He still managed to accumulate Hall of Fame-worthy numbers and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1977. His mild manner, compassionate spirit and infectious smile have made him a fan favorite.

The Gale Sayers rookie card is part of the 1966 Philadelphia Football set. He also appears on a second card, #39, which depicts a Bears' offensive play. Sayers can also be found in the 1965 Coke Caps set. In addition to his official rookie card, Sayers' has cards from American Oil and Fortune Shoes from the same year. For completists looking to obtain every early Sayers collectible, he had three more Coke Caps issued in 1966.

The first Gayle Sayers certified autograph card was in 1991 Pro Line Portraits. In 2000, both Donruss/Playoff and Topps issued Sayers' first memorabilia cards. His 2000 Leaf Certified Heritage card is serial numbered to 100 copies. His 2000 Topps Season Opener Super Bowl Memorabilia card is limited to just 5 copies and also has an autograph.

Sayers' autographed memorabilia is plentiful but maintains its value due to tremendous demand from the large Chicago market. His longevity in the spotlight as an ambassador of the game, successful businessman and the subject of the critically acclaimed made-for-TV movie, Brian's Song, has endeared him to even non-football fans. All of these things combine to ensure the values of his autographed memorabilia items.

Gale Sayers Rookie Card

1966 Philadelphia Gale Sayers RC #38

1966 Philadelphia Gale Sayers RC

An awesome rookie card, the Philadelphia set is well respected in the hobby. The card pictures Sayers in a classic Heisman pose. The large player image dominates the card's landscape yet still provides an area for vital information at the top.

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2015 Clear Vision C Thru Auto GALE SAYERS 50 Chicago Bears
$44.99

National Treasures Autograph Jersey HOF Auto Bears Gale Sayers 23 50 2013
$300.00

2008 Upper Deck UD Football Heroes GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPH AUTO BEARS PSA DNA AUTH
$22.80

2009 UD Black GALE SAYERS #19 USA Flag Patch 250 Chicago BEARS Kansas JAYHAWKS
$22.96

2014 Panini Prizm FB Prizms Light Blue Wave YOU PICK
$5.20

2014 Panini Prizm FB Prizms Orange YOU PICK
$5.20

2001 Donruss Classics Timeless Tributes #153 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Card
$12.25

1970 Topps #70 Gale Sayers Bears GMA 4
$12.99

2004 Prime Signatures #15 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Football Card
$5.40

2004 Prime Signatures #15 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Football Card
$5.40

1964 TOPPS JOHN HADL ROOKIE #159 PSA 9 OC CHARGERS PSA 9 SMR $325++ (802)
$75.99

Gale Sayers 1966 Philadelphia BVG 4
$22.50

2010 Certified Fabric of the Game #61 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Football Card
$9.00

2010 Certified Fabric of the Game #61 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Football Card
$9.00

2010 Certified Fabric of the Game #61 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Football Card
$10.25

1966 philadelphia #38 GALE SAYERS chicago bears rookie (CENTERED) BGS BCCG 7
$145.00
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Autograph Guide

Gale Sayers Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Gale Sayers 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.

Gale Sayers Cut Signature Exemplar

Gale Sayers Signaturte Example

Gale Sayers Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Gale Sayers 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 very legible and even handed signature written on an even horizontal plane with a pride of penmanship.
  2. The letter "G" looks like the numeral "9," the pen lifts to start the fully closed "a" "cursive "l" and "e" which is on a slight lean to the right.
  3. The letter "S" is printed and over-sized, with a large swoop on the top and a much smaller one on the bottom.
  4. The pen lifts to write the "a" which this time includes a loop allowing him to flow into the "y" which looks like a "u" with a curved vertical line to the right that extends below the horizontal.
  5. The "e" is pronounced  and the "r" is just a simple up/down stroke looking like an upside down "v."
  6. The "s" is very small, flat and open in nature.

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DICK BUTKUS & GALE SAYERS SIGNED 8.5x11 MAGAZINE PAGE CHICAGO BEARS JSA R37907
$70.00

Chicago Bears Gale Sayers Signed White Stat Jersey – COA JSA
$300.00

Gale Sayers signed Navy TB Custom Stitched Pro Style Football Jersey XL- JSA
$148.99

Gale Sayers Signed Chicago Bears Jersey w PSA DNA HOF 77 Kansas Jayhawks
$174.95

Gale Sayers Signed 9.5x11 Handprint Autograph Auto PSA DNA AB71263
$99.00

GALE SAYERS SIGNED CUSTOM JERSEY JSA COA CHICAGO BEARS FOOTBALL NFL AUTOGRAPH
$119.25

CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS #40 SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO HOF 1977 JSA COLOR POSE
$69.99

CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS #40 SIGNED HOME JERSEY HOF 1977 JSA!
$129.95

CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS #40 SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO HOF 1977 JSA!
$69.99

CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS SIGNED GOAL LINE ART CARD HOF 1977 JSA
$44.95

Gale Sayers Signed Autographed Chicago Bears XL Football Jersey JSA W767298
$124.99

GALE SAYERS (HOF 77) SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED MATTED FRAMED 8X10 B&W PHOTO BEARS PSA
$199.00

CHICAGO BEARS GALE SAYERS SIGNED FRAMED 11X14 PHOTO HOF 1977 JSA CERTIFIED
$119.95

GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS 16x20 PHOTO W HOF 77 JSA + HOLO
$99.00

GALE SAYERS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS 16x20 PHOTO PSA DNA
$99.00

Gale Sayers Signed 1992 Goal Line Art Card Autograph Auto PSA DNA AC76050
$49.00
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More Info

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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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  1. How much is an autographed NFL football with his name and 40 worth?

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