Rookie Card Year: 1980
Investment Rating: 6.0
When you play your entire 14-year NFL career with a team whose fan base is as rabid as the New York Giants, you better walk away from your career a champion. Phil Simms did just that, twice. He led the Giants to Super Bowl victories in 1987 and 1991. As a result, his football cards and autographed memorabilia hold a special place with Giants fans and collectors.
Phil Simms rookie card is from the 1980 Topps Football set. In addition, he has a couple of regional and team issued cards from his early days with the team.
His first certified autograph card was included in 1991 Pro Line Portraits. The set has been a collector favorite for years due to its deep autograph checklist and on-card signatures.
Simms' first game-used memorabilia cards were released in 1999 Leaf Certified. They are part of the Gridiron Gear insert set and are serial numbered to 300.
Phil Simms' autographed memorabilia is still popular with collectors long after his retirement from the game. He has maintained a public persona as a CBS Sports commentator and occasionally participates in larger signing events.
Phil Simms Rookie Card Checklist
The 1980 Topps Football set is known for its lack of rookie stars. Simms is the only standout in the entire set and poor centering is common across the product. As a result, professionally graded cards earning high-grades do sell for a premium, particularly Simms' RC.
1980 TOPPS LOT 692 CARDS 342 OUT 528 OUT SET WITH 1980 BIG CARDS RC' PHIL SIMMS
Phil Simms 1980 Topps #225 *EX* Giants e42701
(2) 1988 Topps Cellos W PHIL SIMMS on top
1980 Topps #225 Phil Simms RC EXMT A184688
1980 Topps #225 Phil Simms NM+ A65949
1980 Topps #225 Phil Simms NM A65948
1986 McDonald's All-Stars Green #11 Phil SIMMS - PSA 9+++ RARE
1981 Topps #216 Joe Montana Rookie SGC 88 plus Phil Simms SGC 96, and more
Phil Simms Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Phil Simms'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.
Phil Simms Cut Signature Exemplar:
Phil Simms Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Phil Simms 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:
Phil Simms Signature Characteristics
- The entire signature is dominated by the initials "P" and "S," which are clearly legible.
- The "P" uses a single flowing line in a curve to create the letter.
- The top of the "S" intersects the "P." The bottom portion of the "S" comes to a point in the center to create a large loop.
- The other letters of both the first and last names are scribbled.
- A dot is visible to imply the "i" in both names.
- He often inscribes his jersey number "#11"
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