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Jim Thorpe Cards and Autograph Guide

Jim Thorpe

Date of Birth: 5/28/1888
Rookie Card Year: N/A
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

Widely recognized as the greatest athlete of the 20th Century, Jim Thorpe cards and autographed memorabilia regularly go for huge amounts. A talented multi-sport athlete, Thorpe played professional baseball and football. He also won Gold Medals in the 1912 Olympics in both the Pentathlon and Decathlon.

While he does not have officially designated or recognized rookie cards, Thorpe does have a healthy checklist of cards in both sports produced during his playing career. His earliest baseball cards come from the 1909-1916 Max Stein Postcards and the 1912 Colgan's Chips Tin Tops. However, his most widely recognized early baseball cards are from the 1916 M101-5 series. Multiple versions of the card were released using the same picture on the front and a different ad on the back.

Far and away his most popular card is from 1933 Goudey Sport Kings. It hails from his Hall of Fame football career while a member of the Canton Bulldogs. Thorpe also has a card in 1955 Topps All-American Football. While this was released well past his playing days, it is still one of the most valuable cards in the set.

Jim Thorpe does have several cut autograph and memorabilia cards available from modern trading card releases. His first autograph card came as part of the 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends product and is a one-of-one. Thorpe's first memorabilia cards were in 2002 Donruss Elite Football Throwback Threads. The card features a swatch of material from one of Thorpe's football uniforms and is serial numbered to 75.

With regards to autographed memorabilia, most authentic Jim Thorpe signed items are beyond the means of most collectors. Those interested in pursuing a Jim Thorpe autograph should look to his cut signature cards, of which their are more than two dozen that have been produced in recent years.

Top eBay Listings

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Gum - Jim Thorpe Football Card - #6 - Rookie
$19.69

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS # 70 WITH JIM THORPE NR-MT 309337 (KYCARDS)
$34.00

1995 Jim Thorpe Press Pass Sport Kings National Sports Convention Exclusive MINT
$24.99

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS # 70 WITH JIM THORPE VG-EX WAX BACK 309336 (KYCARDS)
$12.75

1955 Topps All American Football Jim Thorpe #37 PSA 5 EX HOF CARLISLE
$114.05

2005 JIM THORPE Absolute Tools of the Trade Jumbo Jersey Patch #39 200 BGS 9
$199.99

2008 Donruss Classics Classic Singles Jim Thorpe #d 0237 1000
$5.99

2004 JIM THORPE Leaf Certified #20 21 BGS Fabric of the Game Prime Jersey Patch
$599.99

1959 Fleer #70 Ted Williams and Jim Thorpe Baseball Card
$7.50

1959 Fleer #70 Ted Williams and Jim Thorpe Baseball Card
$7.50

1959 Fleer #70 Ted Williams and Jim Thorpe Baseball Card
$10.64

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS JIM THORPE #6 CARD IN SCREW HOLDER selling as reprint
$7.99

Early 1900's Reprint cards - Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Jim Thorpe
$14.95

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS #70 TED WILLIAMS-JIM THORPE HOF & SGC 84 B1001424-071
$23.99

2005 ABSOLUTE JIM THORPE TOOLS OF THE TRADE # 38 100 NEW YORK GIANTS
$10.00

2005 Leaf Limited Jim Thorpe Game Worn Jersey Jacket Patch #4 50 HOF RARE WOW
$30.00
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Baseball Cards

Top Jim Thorpe Baseball Cards

1916 M101-5 Jim Thorpe #176

1916 Gimbels (M101-5) Jim Thorpe #176

Depicted as a member of the New York Giants, this card was issued with six different advertising backs, though fronts use the same photo. Each is considered a separate card issue. Available backs include Block & Kuhl, Famous & Barr, Gimbles, Holmes for Homes Bread, Morehouse Baking and Sporting News. Each of the cards measure 1 5/8" by 3".

1922 Zeenut PCL Jim Thorpe #145

1922 Zeenut Jim Thorpe

The colorized card depicts a die-cut of Jim Thorpe against a solid white background. There are a total of 162 cards in the set, each measuring 1 13/16" by 3-9/16". The cards are fairly rare in any condition as evidenced by the sale of a SGC 20 (Fair) condition sample at a Robert Edwards Auction in 2013 for over $6,500.

Top eBay Listings

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS # 70 WITH JIM THORPE NR-MT 309337 (KYCARDS)
$34.00

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS # 70 WITH JIM THORPE VG-EX WAX BACK 309336 (KYCARDS)
$12.75

2005 JIM THORPE Absolute Tools of the Trade Jumbo Jersey Patch #39 200 BGS 9
$199.99

1959 Fleer #70 Ted Williams and Jim Thorpe Baseball Card
$7.50

1959 Fleer #70 Ted Williams and Jim Thorpe Baseball Card
$7.50

1959 Fleer #70 Ted Williams and Jim Thorpe Baseball Card
$10.64

Early 1900's Reprint cards - Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Jim Thorpe
$14.95

1959 FLEER TED WILLIAMS #70 TED WILLIAMS-JIM THORPE HOF & SGC 84 B1001424-071
$23.99

2005 ABSOLUTE JIM THORPE TOOLS OF THE TRADE # 38 100 NEW YORK GIANTS
$10.00

1959 Baseball Fleer #70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe Excellent + in Case Centered
$8.99

1916 The Sporting News NEW YORK GIANTS team set M101-5 REPRINT with Jim Thorpe
$7.20

Jim Thorpe Unique Magazine Cut Out ? - Neat 1.5" x 2.25"
$9.99

JIM THORPE OUTFIELD NEW YORK 2014 PANINI GOLDEN AGE # 9 GRADED 10
$20.00

1959 Fleer Ted Williams - - Pick Your Card - - Each Card Scanned Front
$13.00

1959 Fleer Ted Williams #70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe EXCELLENT Red Sox V2757
$6.59

1959 Fleer Ted Williams #70 Ted Williams & Jim Thorpe VG Red Sox V0735
$5.49
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Football Cards

Top Jim Thorpe Football Cards

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Jim Thorpe #6

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Jim Thorpe #6

The bright and vivid colors of the Sport Kings set have made it one of the most popular cards with pre-war collectors. The realistic art rendering provides a stunning likeness of Thorpe.

1955 Topps All-American Football Jim Thorpe #37

1955 Topps All-American Jim Thorpe #37

A classic card from a classic set. The color, full-length image in the foreground is set against a black and white arial stadium photo. The result makes Thorpe look larger than life, which he truly was.

Top eBay Listings

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Gum - Jim Thorpe Football Card - #6 - Rookie
$19.69

1955 Topps All American Football Jim Thorpe #37 PSA 5 EX HOF CARLISLE
$114.05

2008 Donruss Classics Classic Singles Jim Thorpe #d 0237 1000
$5.99

2004 JIM THORPE Leaf Certified #20 21 BGS Fabric of the Game Prime Jersey Patch
$599.99

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS JIM THORPE #6 CARD IN SCREW HOLDER selling as reprint
$7.99

2005 Leaf Limited Jim Thorpe Game Worn Jersey Jacket Patch #4 50 HOF RARE WOW
$30.00

JIM THORPE 1992 GREATS OF THE GAME PACK PULLED FOOTBALL INSERT CARD # 277 RARE
$13.97

JIM THORPE 7 CARD LOT SPORTS LEGEND
$7.95

1955 Topps All-American #37 Jim Thorpe HOF Carlisle PSA 7 NM
$182.50

2004 Greats of the Game Green Red #2 Jim Thorpe 165 500 + 2 More # 'd Thorpe
$6.00

1955 Topps All-American Jim Thorpe Football Card-#37
$145.00

1955 TOPPS ALL-AMERICAN FOOTBALL #37 JIM THORPE, CARLISLE, HOF, 080314
$127.96

2006 Donruss Classic Classic Singles 2 card lot (B2 Jim Thorpe & Mike Singletary
$7.99

Jim Thorpe JSA COA Legendary Cut Auto Autograph Signature Signed SP Cuts D: 1953
$1,999.99

1955 Topps All American Football Jim Thorpe #37 HOF CARLISLE
$29.99

LOT OF 30 JIM THORPE BASE CARDS CANTON BULLDOGS TOPPS CHROME FLEER UD ST852
$19.49
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Autographs

Jim Thorpe Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jim Thorpe'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 companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA and JSA.

Jim Thorpe Cut Signature Exemplar:

Jim Thorpe Cut Signature Example

Jim Thorpe Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Thorpe 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. The signature is distinct and legible.
  2. The letter "J" consiste of two loops, the top forming a shape like a guitar pick and the bottom an elongated oval.
  3. The pen stays on the paper to make the "i" which is formed by a small angled up down stroke and is dotted.
  4. The "m" has all the required humps and finishes with a small tail.
  5. The "T" is unique in that it doesn't have a top crossing line, this allows the pen to stay on the paper and flow into the "h" which has a visible loop for the vertical line.
  6. The "o" is usually fully closed and the "r" almost looks printed.
  7. The "p" contains a small elongated oval that drops below the horizontal plane and uses a small circular loop.
  8. The "e" is not open and consists of an up/down pen stroke and finishes with a tail similar to the one of the "m" but larger.

Jim Thorpe Autographed Memorabilia

Jim Thorpe's autographed material is, primarily, limited to cut signature cards and the occasional check or document. High-end museum quality pieces do surface on occasion and command tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Below is a sampling of some of Thorpe's cut signature pieces.

2011-Timeless-Treasures-Football-Jim-Thorpe-Cut-Signature SKD-CommOff_Thorpe Jim Thorpe cut Signature 

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Top eBay Listings

Jim Thorpe JSA COA Legendary Cut Auto Autograph Signature Signed SP Cuts D: 1953
$1,999.99

MOOSE SKOWRON Signed New York Yankees First Day Cover PSA DNA Jim Thorpe Stamp
$26.95

TOMMY HENRICH Signed New York Yankees First Day Cover PSA DNA Jim Thorpe Stamp
$39.95

Jim Thorpe Signed Index Card PSA DNA Autographed
$2,495.00

Jim Thorpe Signed Index Card 3x5 Autographed Canton Chicago Olympics PSA DNA
$2,794.95

Mel Hein Signed Jim Thorpe 1984 FDCCachet COA GAI
$40.00

JIM THORPE Olympian Athlete Signed Autographed Postcard JSA
$1,999.00

FRANK GIFFORD SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$38.08

ERNIE STAUTNER SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$43.69

OLLIE MATSON SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$38.08

FRED BILETNIKOFF SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$42.31

SONNY JURGENSEN SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$38.08

ANDY ROBUSTELLI SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$38.08

JIM RINGO SIGNED JIM THORPE FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$37.26

1930's * JIM THORPE * PSA DNA * SINGLE Signed MLB Baseball Graded 5.0 Autograph
$37,777.00

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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