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Jack Nicklaus Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Jack Nicklaus

Date of Birth: 1/21/1940
Rookie Card Year: 1981
Investment Rating: 7.0


When it comes to golf, Jack Nicklaus cards and memorabilia have few rivals. His long and storied carrer have contributed to not only his popularity but the strong values for many of his trading cards and collectibles.

A World Golf Hall of Famer, Nicklaus won a total of 73 PGA tournaments. This includes an impressive 18 Majors. He was the PGA money leader eight times and Player of the Year five times.

Demand for Jack Nicklaus autographs exceeds supply, ensuring continuously strong values. Popular items to have autographed include Masters Flags, golf balls, and photographs.

The lone Jack Nicklaus rookie cards hails from the under-appreciated 1981 Donruss Golf.

Jack Nicklaus Rookie Card Guide

1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus RC #13

1981 Donruss Golf Jack Nicklaus RC

This is the definitive Jack Nicklaus rookie card. It is very affordable in raw condition. Even when it's graded, it can still be found for under $100 in higher grade condition. Cards from the 1981 Donruss Golf Set are notorious for being mis-cut and having centering issues. As a result, pristine and gem mint conditioned copies can often reach several hundred dollars.

1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus RC BGS Population Report:
# Submitted: 605
Pristine 10: 1
Gem Mint 9.5: 22
Mint 9: 160

1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus RC PSA Population Report:
# Submitted: 2,589
Gem Mint 10: 155
Mint 9: 825

Population reports valid as of 11/13.

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Autograph Guide

Jack Nicklaus Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jack Nicklaus' 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.

Jack Nicklaus Cut Signature Exemplar

Jack Nicklaus Signature Exemplar

Jack Nicklaus Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jack Nicklaus signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. However, depending on the type of item signed or in what setting, his signature characteristics can change.

Jack Nicklaus Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature is written on a very slight angle and is defined by an over-sized letter "J" and "N."
  2. A very fluid signature, each letter is distinguishable, when given space on the item and time.
  3. The "J" is standard cursive script with large closed loops.
  4. The letter's "a-c-k" are small but discernible.
  5. The letter "N" is dramatic with a flair that comes back trough and over the letter "J" and contains a long tail off the top of the letter and to the right.
  6. The letter "i" is present and dotted.
  7. The remaining letters are small as in the first name but legible.

Jack Nicklaus Signed Golf Ball Pricing:

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Jack Nicklaus Signed Masters Flag Pricing:

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Masters Flag Jack Nicklaus

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Jack Nicklaus Signed photo

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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. I have a upper deck card of The Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus winning the 1965 Masters. Card #109

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