Frank Gifford Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Frank Gifford

Date of Birth: 8/16/1930
Rookie Card Year: 1952
Investment Rating: 5.5


Overview

Frank Gifford football cards and autographed memorabilia are popular with vintage hobby enthusiasts. He was a fan favorite with the New York Giants and one of the franchises first stars. He is known for playing both offense and defense, long after the NFL expanded its rosters to include specialists for each side of the game.

Gifford was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and helped lead the Giants to the NFL Championship Game five times. He was awarded the league MVP in 1956 after winning the title game.

After his retirement from football, he was a longtime broadcaster and maintained a public persona.

Frank Gifford has two rookies cards. Both come from 1952 Bowman. That year, the company released two versions of their football set,  1952 Bowman Small (2 1/16" x 3 1/8") and 1952 Bowman Large (2 1/2" x 3 1/8"). Both sets had the same number of cards and differed only in size.  However in terms of collectibility, it is the Large version that gets the most respect.

Gifford's first certified autograph card is from 1989 Goal Line Art. It has a serial numbered print run of just 100 copies. Other popular early autograph cards include those from 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game and 2000 Upper Deck Legends.

His first memorabilia cards are in 2001 Leaf Certified Heritage Collection. The regular version of the card is serial numbered to 100. A Century parallel was also produced. It is not serial numbered but has a known print run of 21.

Frank Gifford has long been a regular on the national autograph circuit. Supply of his autographed items slightly outpaces demand. However, that trend should reverse in the coming years as he enters the late stages of his life.

Frank Gifford Rookie Card Checklist

1952 Bowman Large Frank Gifford RC #16

1952 Bowman Large Frank Gifford RC 16 196x300 Image

Gifford's card is one of the easier ones to find in the set. It is not a high number,  nor is it a short print. However, it is notorious for being difficult to find with good centering. 1952 Bowman Large was a test issue and is considered to be one of the most esteemed post-war football card sets.

1952 Bowman Small Frank Gifford RC #16

1952 Bowman Small Frank Gifford RC 16 196x300 Image

1952 Bowman Small doesn't carry the same kind of premium as its Large counterpart. It is still highly collectible and well respected within the hobby. Centering is slightly less of an issue on the smaller version.

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1956 TOPPS FRANK GIFFORD SGC 80 EX NM 6 NEW YORK GIANTS #53
$35.00
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1957 Topps #88 Frank Gifford ! EX+ D553373
$24.86
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1958 TOPPS #73 FRANK GIFFORD NM A5522
$49.99
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1962 TOPPS #104 FRANK GIFFORD EX-MT A5531
$34.99
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2001 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures #181 Frank Gifford Autograph
$35.00
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FRANK GIFFORD LEGEND 2003 DONRUSS CLASSICS NATIONAL ATLANTIC CITY 4 5
$49.99
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2009 Press Pass Legends Silver Holofoil #68 Frank Gifford 299
$5.46
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1955 BOWMAN FOOTBALL COMPLETE SET EX TO EX-MT SET TOM LANDRY FRANK GIFFORD 1-160
$1,000.00
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2008 FRANK GIFFORD Jersey and Autograph #'d to 15 !!! New York Giants
$99.99
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1955 BOWMAN FOOTBALL CARD #7 FRANK GIFFORD (EX MT)
$60.00
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1956 Frank Gifford #3 Topps New York Giants card vintage rare
$40.00
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1954 BOWMAN #55 FRANK GIFFORD NEW YORK GIANTS HOF 1234
$53.95
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1956 Topps #53 Frank Gifford VGEX
$5.99
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1957 TOPPS FRANK GIFFORD # 88 EX+
$14.99
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FRANK GIFFORD GAME USED 2010 CROWN ROYALE LIVING LEGENDS MATERIALS GIANTS
$9.99
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1956 Topps Frank Gifford New York Giants #53 Football Card
$17.99
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Autograph Guide

Frank Gifford Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Frank Gifford'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 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.

Frank Gifford Cut Signature Exemplar:

Frank Gifford Signature Example Image

Frank Gifford Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Frank Gifford signature autograph is very difficult to replicate and will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. His signature has been very consistent through the years, so regardless of the item being signed or the time period in which it was signed, look for the following signature features:

Frank Gifford Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature is legible and written in traditional cursive script.
  2. The "F" is the largest letter with a curved capping line on the top of the letter. No middle intersecting line is present.
  3. The "r" is represented by an up and down stroke.
  4. The "a" shows no opening in the center.
  5. The "n" resembles the "r" but smaller.
  6. The "k" shows just one extending line off the vertical instead of two.
  7. The "G" is visible and the "i" is not dotted.
  8. The "f"s often vary with the second one having a loop on the bottom portion.
  9. The remaining letters are legible. Repeating letters from the first name have the same characteristics.
  10. The "d" is not always closed fully and the vertical line leans to the right on a slight angle.

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Frank Gifford Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Frank Gifford "HOF 77" Giants Signed Jersey Authentic Autograph JSA #W504512
$109.99
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Frank Gifford Signed Full Size NY Giants Proline Helmet Steiner Holo with Box
$179.95
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Frank Gifford Signed 2001 Topps Archives Reserve PSA DNA Certified Auto
$49.99
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FRANK GIFFORD autographed PSA DNA COA auto football NY GIANTS signed autograph
$99.99
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Frank Gifford signed New York Giants Hall of Fame HOF NFL Mini Helmet JSA
$69.95
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Frank Gifford signed USC Trojans HOF Mini Helmet JSA Fight On!
$99.95
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Frank Gifford signed New York Giants HOF NFL Pro Down TD Pylon JSA
$79.95
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FRANK GIFFORD SIGNED PSA DNA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$44.00
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FRANK GIFFORD VINTAGE SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 AUTOGRAPH
$39.00
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Frank Gifford Signed TCMA Football Card JSA COA
$69.95
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FRANK GIFFORD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED USC TROJANS #16 THROWBACK JERSEY JSA
$199.99
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Frank Gifford Signed Goal Line Art GLAC Autographed Giants PSA DNA #T61447
$71.95
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Frank Gifford signed 3x5 Index Card PSA DNA Autographed Giants USC Trojans
$35.10
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Frank Gifford signed 4x6 Postcard PSA DNA New York Giants USC Trojans
$35.10
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Frank Gifford " HOF 1977 " Signed New York Giants Jersey AUTO Size XL JSA COA
$36.90
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Frank Gifford Authentic Signed Yankee Stadium Action Photo 16x20 - Steiner Certi
$100.00
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