Thurman Thomas Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Thurman Thomas

Date of Birth: 5/16/1966
Rookie Card Year: 1989
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

Thurman Thomas was a key member of the Buffalo Bills AFC dynasty in the early 1990s. A powerful and gifted running back, Thomas was equally adept at pass catching and blocking. This made him invaluable to the Bills' patented no-huddle offense. Buffalo may be a smaller NFL market, but the team's fans are passionate. This makes Thurman Thomas cards and autographed memorabilia popular still today.

Thurman Thomas has three rookie cards. They're found in 1989 Pro Set, 1989 Score and 1989 Topps Football. In additon, Thomas has a 1989 Panini Sticker. As is the case with so many great players of his era, the value of Thomas' rookie cards suffer from the sheer amount produced by manufacturers during the period. On the bright side, collectors can find high-grade examples at very affordable prices.

Thomas' first certified autograph card can be found in the 1991 Pro Line Portraits and 1991 Score Dream Team sets. Five years later, Collector's Edge produced Thurman Thomas' first memorabilia card which included a portion of a football used in the Super Bowl. Thomas has been a regular on modern sets, including more autographs and memorabilia cards.

Thomas' autographed Buffalo Bills memorabilia is a consistent seller. Items related to the team's AFC Championship streak, like yearbooks and programs make nice keepsake pieces. The items that sell for top-dollar include signed helmets, jerseys and footballs. Supply has been kept at levels to meet demand and as a result, Thomas' signed memorabilia has maintained its value over the years.

Thurman Thomas Rookie Card Checklist

1989 Pro Set Thurman Thomas RC #32

1989 Pro Set Thurman Thomas RC

Popular at the time for their photography and detailed card backs, the Pro Set cards were produced in such quantity that unopened cases can still be found today. They were printed on a thinner card stock that left something to be desired. Today, you can still find raw copies of this card for less than $1.

1989 Score Thurman Thomas RC #211

1989 Score Thurman Thomas RC

This is, arguably, Thomas' preferred rookie. The solid red borders make it condition sensitive which gives higher-grade examples a slight value bump despite the quantities produced.

1989 Topps Thurman Thomas RC #45

1989 Topps Thurman Thomas RC

Helmet or no helmet? That is often a question debated among football card collectors. If you like to be able to see the player's face, Thomas' Topps example is a perfect choice.

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2012 Playbook THURMAN THOMAS bills Accolades AUTO Autograph 40 49
$13.55

Thurman Thomas 15 25 2013 National Treasures Patch Jersey HOF Buffalo Bills
$22.49

2013 Thurman Thomas Panini SUPERBOWL Private Signings Auto SSP #3 5 Bills HOF
$199.00

2007 07 THURMAN THOMAS NATIONAL TREASURES TIMELINE CUT SIGNATURE AUTO #ED 19 20
$49.99

2011 ABSOLUTE NFL ICONS THURMAN THOMAS AUTOGRAPH JERSEY PATCH BILLS HOF AUTO 25
$65.00

Thurman Thomas Private Stock 2001 Game Worn Gear Jersey 17
$9.99

THURMAN THOMAS 2001 PRIVATE STOCK GAME USED JERSEY SP
$14.99

THURMAN THOMAS 02 DONRUSS GRIDIRON CUTS AUTOGRAPH 400
$35.00

2005 Leaf Certified FOTG Thurman Thomas Bills GU Jersey Auto #21 34
$74.99

2004 FLEER GREATS OF THE GAME #GT-TT THURMAN THOMAS JERSEY CARD - BUFFALO BILLS
$8.95

*THURMAN THOMAS* 1989 Topps Limited Edition Auto RC *#1188 1989* BUFFALO BILLS
$29.95

Barry Sanders Emmitt Smith Thurman Thomas 2009 Exquisite Triple Autograph 11 15
$399.99

THURMAN THOMAS #TT 2 2 Made Auto Private Signings 2015 Panini Super Bowl XLIX
$174.99

Thurman Thomas 2014 Panini Elite Throwback Threads Patch 30 99 Bills
$5.99

2001 PACIFIC TITANIUM #53 THURMAN THOMAS J.J. JOHNSON DUAL JERSEY- DOLPHINS 9813
$8.05

2001 Private Stock Game Worn Gear Patch 17 Thurman Thomas Patch 23 300
$9.99
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Autograph Guide

Thurman Thomas Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Thurman Thomas 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.

Thurman Thomas Cut Signature Exemplar

Thurman Thomas Signature Example

Thurman Thomas Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Thurman Thomas 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 most predominant letters of the autograph signature are the letter "t's" which resemble over-sized letter "J's" or bow-ties. A large near vertical loop like a lower-case cursive "l" flows back down into a guitar pick/kidney bean shape.
  2. The letters "h-u-r-m" are very small and barely discernible, the "a-n" are not expressed.
  3. The "h-o" of the last name are visible but the remaining letters are not present.

Thurman Thomas Signed Football Pricing:

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Thurman Thomas Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Thurman Thomas Signed Jersey

Thurman Thomas Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Thurman Thomas Signed Helmet

Thurman Thomas Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Thurman Thomas Signed Jersey

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THURMAN THOMAS Autographed Signed Wilson Football PSA DNA COA !
$36.12

THURMAN THOMAS & ANDRE REED SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO BILLS JSA
$49.00

THURMAN THOMAS ANDRE REED BILLS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO JSA
$59.00

Thurman Thomas Signed Autographed Orange Jersey- JSA W Authenticated
$125.00

Thurman Thomas SIGNED Goal Line Art Card + HOF 07 Bills PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$75.00

THURMAN THOMAS IP AUTO SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS MINI - HOF 07 - BILLS !! JSA W
$79.00

Thurman Thomas Signed Sports Illustrated Bills JSA
$49.95

HOF THURMAN THOMAS 1989 TOPPS ROOKIE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #45 PSA DNA CERT.
$71.96

THURMAN THOMAS AUTOGRAPH 1993 UPPER DECK SIGNED PSA DNA
$40.00

THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$45.00

THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED 1991 FLEER AUTHENIC AUTOGRAPH
$42.00

THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED 1990 FLEER AUTHENIC AUTOGRAPH
$42.00

THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED 1992 PROLINE AUTOGRAPH
$42.00

THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED PSA DNA CERTED 8x10 AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$44.00

BUFFALO BILLS THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO HOF 07 W KELLY JSA!!
$42.99

BUFFALO BILLS THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO HOF 07 SI JSA!!
$42.99
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