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Johnny Unitas Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Johnny Unitas

Date of Birth: 5/7/1933
Rookie Card Year: 1957
Investment Rating: 9.0


Overview

As the face of the early NFL, Johnny Unitas football cards and autographed memorabilia have always been in strong demand. His vintage cards from the Topps sets of the late 1950s and early 1960s are some of the most coveted and valuable cards of the era. His resume defines what it means to be a Hall of Fame player. Unitas was a ten-time Pro Bowl participant, four-time league MVP, and three-time NFL Champion.

Long considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of the NFL, Unitas' success on the field and accessible demeanor off the field helped usher in a new era in sports media. As a result, his fame and popularity has translated to the creation of numerous fans and collectors through the years.

The Johnny Unitas rookie card can be found in 1957 Topps Football. The card was double printed but due to smaller overall print runs of the era, the increased availability in no way has hurt the card's value. The demand is strong demand to offset any supply issues. High grade examples can sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

Johnny Unitas' first certified autograph card was part of a food issue set from 1995 Tombstone Pizza and can be difficult to find today. His first mainstream autograph was distributed by Upper Deck as part of the incredibly popular 1997 Upper Deck Legends set.  Unitas' first memorabilia cards were released in 2000 by Donruss, Fleer and Upper Deck. He had a total of seven different memorabilia cards made with each of them ranging in serial numbering from 21 to 400.

Unitas enjoyed a relatively healthy life after his retirement from football and was able to participate in numerous autograph signing appearances. Strong demand and moderate supply have helped ensure solid values for his autographed items with footballs being the most popular.

Johnny Unitas Rookie Card

1957 Topps Football Johnny Unitas RC #138

1957 Topps Johnny Unitas RC

The 1957 Topps Football card set is one of the most cherished of all-time. The colorful backgrounds and dual photographs combine to form an aesthetically pleasing card.

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1960 TOPPS FOOTBALL #1 Johnny Unitas Louisville COLTS (Coin Rubbed) EX-MT A
$57.50

ACEO 2017 JOHNNY UNITAS COLTS 2 3 Limited Copper Edition Premier Art Sketch Card
$24.99

1971 TOPPS FOOTBALL #1 JOHNNY UNITAS EX-M NICE CORNERS VINTAGE
$11.50

DAVE RAGONE JOHNNY UNITAS 2003 UPPER DECK PROS & PROSPECTS JERSEY #259 350
$49.95

JOHNNY UNITAS 2004 LIMITED CUT SIGNATURE AUTO JERSEY #D 1 5 COLTS LEGEND HOF
$1,424.99

2006 JOHNNY UNITAS National Treasures Canton Classics Jumbo Jersey Patch #13 25
$89.99

1971 Topps 1 Johnny Unitas EX #D529833
$11.75

1962 Topps 1 Johnny Unitas EX #D529467
$81.25

1958 TOPPS FOOTBALL BALTIMORE COLTS TEAM CARD JOHNNY UNITAS WORLD CHAMPS 110 VG+
$7.00

1974 TOPPS #150 JOHNNY UNITAS CHARGERS
$15.00

1962 TOPPS #1 JOHNNY UNITAS COLTS
$60.00

1961 TOPPS #1 JOHNNY UNITAS COLTS SHARP CORNERS!!!
$55.00

1961 TOPPS #57 COLTS' JOHNNY UNITAS COMPLETES 25 TD PASSES
$11.00

1961 TOPPS #57 COLTS' JOHNNY UNITAS COMPLETES 25 TD PASSES
$11.00

1959 TOPPS #1 JOHNNY UNITAS COLTS
$17.00

1961 TOPPS FOOTBALL #1 JOHNNY UNITAS BALTIMORE COLTS GD PR MA96
$16.00
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Autograph Guide

Johnny Unitas Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Johnny Unitas 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.

Johnny Unitas Cut Signature Exemplar

Johnny Unitas Signature Example

Johnny Unitas Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Johnny Unitas 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 with clear, crisp handwriting and distinguishable letters.
  2. The letter "J" is unique in that while not standard cursive like the rest of the signature it is discernible as a "J" with a short down stroke with a line that extends to the left before forming a small loop that  circles back with a flair to cap the letter.
  3. The pen lifts to star the "o" which is closed, the "h" is small but legible, the "n"'s are similarly written but implied as compared to being pronounced.
  4. The letter "y" is very shallow on the top with a long tail and horizontal finish.
  5. The "U" is wide and deep, with the "n" again being more implied, the "i" is not dotted.
  6. The "t" forms a crossed "l" shape and the "a" and "s" are written but again very small.

Johnny Unitas Signed Football Pricing:

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Johnny Unitas Signed Football

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Johnny Unitas Signed Jersey

Johnny Unitas Signed Helmet Pricing (Full-size and Mini):

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Johnny Unitas Signed Helmet

Johnny Unitas Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Johnny Unitas Signed Photo

 

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Johnny Unitas BALTIMORE COLTS 8"x10" photo Signed AUTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$75.00

JOHNNY UNITAS 1977 SPORTSCASTER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD COLTS JSA CERTIFIED
$179.95

JOHNNY UNITAS SIGNED AUTO AUTOGRAPH "GOLDEN ARM" LITHO LITHOGRAPH 25X32 PSA DNA
$379.00

Johnny Unitas Signed Personal Check From Unitas Estate -Extremely Bold Sig! JSA
$195.00

Johnny Unitas Signed Colts Football 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA Picture Autograph HOF
$199.99

Johnny Unitas Signed Autographed 8x10 Indianapolis Colts Framed 14x18 PSA DNA
$269.99

1960 Topps Johnny Unitas #1 Signed autograph PSA DNA Slabbed Certified *48652
$200.00

Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts Signed Official NFL Duke Football PSA AB11990
$549.00

HOF Multi Signed Wilson Football Johnny Unitas Terry Bradshaw +4 JSA Z44935
$299.00

Johnny Unitas JSA Signed 8x10 Framed Photo Colts Deceased HOF Auto Died 2002
$249.95

Colts Johnny Unitas Authentic Signed 18X24 Litho Ltd Ed 54 500 PSA DNA #V07779
$599.99

Colts Johnny Unitas Authentic Signed Mini Helmet Autographed PSA DNA #X02386
$699.99

Johnny Unitas Autographed Signed Mini Helmet PSA DNA Indianapolis Colts HOF
$187.50

Colts Johnny Unitas Authentic Signed 8X10 Photo Autographed PSA DNA #G77299
$249.99

Colts Johnny Unitas "HOF 79" Signed NFL "The Duke" Football JSA #X93191
$649.99

Colts Johnny Unitas Signed QBs Of The Century Football PSA DNA #AB04527
$749.99
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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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