Franco Harris Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Franco Harris

Date of Birth: 3/7/1950
Rookie Card Year: 1973
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

When you are part of a Super Bowl dynasty for a team with as passionate and far-ranging a fan base as the Pittsburgh Steelers, you can be guaranteed that your football cards and autographed memorabilia will always be in high demand. Such is the case for Franco Harris whose cards and memorabilia are, to this day, some of the most popular items pursued by collectors of the Steelers Nation.

Franco Harris a four-time Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV). He was a key part of Pittsburgh's run of four championships in six years. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and the1972 Rookie of the Year, Harris' punishing rushing style allowed the Steelers to develop a balanced game to capitalize on the team's aerial assault that was led by teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, Terry Bradshaw.

Selected out of Penn State with the 13th pick in the 1972 NFL Draft, Harris debuted for the Steelers that same year. The Franco Harris rookie card is found in 1973 Topps Football. While the 1973 Topps cards is Harris' official rookie card, he did have other cards and items issued that year as well. These includes three different team-issued cards. 7-11, included Harris on their 1973 Slurpee Cup Disc checklist as well.

When it comes to autographed memorabilia, Franco Harris has plenty in the market. However, due to his winning pedigree, it usually isn't cheap. On the rare occasion that game-used memorabilia from his career makes its way to auction, the realized prices are often astronomical. The most affordable alternative for collectors is his autographed and memorabilia trading cards. Franco Harris has been included in numerous modern sports card products and he has ample amounts of quality material to choose from at almost any budget.

Franco Harris Rookie Cards

1973 Topps Franco Harris RC #89

Featuring Franco Harris standing on the sidelines during his rookie year, presumably watching the Steelers' defense, the simple design has been a collector favorite for years.

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2014 Panini Prizm Franco Harris NFL Logo Refractor Card 50 75 Steelers
$8.99

1978 Topps Franco Harris Card #500 Centered No Creases
$5.99

1981 Topps #526 Franco Harris, Theo Bell & More STEELERS TEAM LEADERS PSA 9
$20.00

1973 TOPPS 89 FRANCO HARRIS PSA 8 oc RC Steelers Penn State
$99.99

2007 UD Premier Franco Harris Commemorative Stitichings Patch 7 75 (Back Ding)
$14.99

Franco Harris 2012 SPORTKINGS Game Used Jersey Auto SP 40 Steelers - Penn State
$52.00

Franco Harris & Jack Lambert 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers original full issue framed
$35.00

1975 TOPPS #300 FRANCO HARRIS VGEX NICELY CENTERED *154187
$8.00

1973 Topps #89 Franco Harris Rookie PSA 9 (PD) MINT HOF RC
$425.00

2011 Panini Threads Heritage Collection Franco Harris Game Jersey Steelers
$11.99

FRANCO HARRIS 2001 Fleer ULTRA Auto Autograph (on card) PENN STATE STEELERS
$59.99

1984 Pittsburgh Steelers Sticker Set TERRY BRADSHAW JACK LAMBERT FRANCO HARRIS
$13.00

1981 Topps #220 Franco Harris PSA 8 Steelers HOF *BK
$6.29

1980 Topps #492 AFC Championship Franco Harris PSA 7 Steelers Oilers *BK
$5.39

1973 Topps Franco Harris Rc Rookie Bvg 6.5
$50.00

2011 ETOPPS ALLEN GINTER IN HAND FRANCO HARRIS PITTSBURGH STEELERS HOF 144 749
$6.75
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Key Cards

1991 Pro Line Portraits Autographs Franco Harris  #95

 

Franco Harris' first officially certified autograph card was part of the much revered 1991 Pro Line Portraits set. Like many retired greats from Harris' era, this was the first affordable trading card product that offered the chance of pulling an autograph of a Hall of Fame player. The embossed certification seal visible on the front and back, right corners of the card insures the autograph's authenticity.

 2000 Playoff Momentum Super Bowl Souvenirs Franco Harris

Franco Harris' first game-used memorabilia cards were included as part of 2000 Playoff Momentum Football. The cards are incredibly difficult to find on the secondary market. Harris has a total of seven cards in the set including two solo cards that are numbered to 100 and three where Harris is paired with other players (#/50 and 25). He also has two solo autographed memorabilia cards (#/25).

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2007 UD Premier Franco Harris Commemorative Stitichings Patch 7 75 (Back Ding)
$14.99

Franco Harris 2012 SPORTKINGS Game Used Jersey Auto SP 40 Steelers - Penn State
$52.00

2011 Panini Threads Heritage Collection Franco Harris Game Jersey Steelers
$11.99

FRANCO HARRIS 2001 Fleer ULTRA Auto Autograph (on card) PENN STATE STEELERS
$59.99

Franco Harris Pinnacle Autograph Auto Signed Signature Steelers
$14.99

2002 Donruss Classics Past And Present Dual Jersey Earl Campbell Franco Harris
$18.49

2011 TOPPS SUPER BOWL LEGENDS IX FRANCO HARRIS SUPER BOWL PATCH # 50 PSA 7 NM
$59.99

2011 PRIME SIGNATURES Franco Harris AUTO 02 25 STEELERS
$79.95

2011 Panini Gridiron Gear Franco Harris NFL Pro Signatures AUTO 05 15 STEELERS
$94.95

2013 Momentum Double Feature Materials Jersey John Stallworth Franco Harris 85
$14.99

2004 Fleer Greats FRANCO HARRIS Game-Worn-Jersey Card Pittsburgh Steelers
$19.95

2000 TOPPS FINEST MOMENTS REFRACTOR FRANCO HARRIS AUTO BGS 9 STEELERS HOF
$170.00

Franco Harris Jersey Card
$40.00

2012 MOMENTUM FRANCO HARRIS JOHN STALLWORTH DUAL JERSEY #06 85 STEELERS!
$49.99

2001 Ultra Franco Harris College Greats On Card AUTO HOF STEELERS
$59.99

FRANCO HARRIS 2011 Gridiron Gear HELMET Logo Auto AUTOGRAPH SSP 7 15 STEELERS
$79.95
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Autograph Guide

Franco Harris Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Franco Harris 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.

Franco Harris Cut Signature Exemplar

Franco Harris Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Franco Harris 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 combination of printing and cursive handwriting creates a fairly legible signature.
  2. The letter "F" is hard to discern and looks more like a combination of a "G-h", which is actually part of the letter "r."
  3. The "a-n-c-o" are legible with the "a-n" connected, the pen lifts for the "c" and "o" are are themselves disconnected.
  4. The letter "H" is connected by an angled line from the bottom of the right parallel line back up to the middle of the firs.
  5. The letters "a-r-r-i" are legible and connected, the two "r"s create a character that looks like an "n", the "i" is dotted.
  6. The "s" is implied with a large backward "c"-like swoop.
  7. He often inscribes his jersey "32."

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