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 213x300 Image

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 210x300 Image

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 214x300 Image

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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08 Donruss Threads Jersey THURMAN THOMAS 102 250 Bills
$7.00
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2007 07 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES THURMAN THOMAS TIMELINE AUTO SIGNATURE 20 20
$69.99
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THURMAN THOMAS 3 COLOR SP JERSEY PATCH 2001 RARE TIMELESS TRIBUTES BILLS
$14.99
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2009 Threads Thurman Thomas Dual Jersey Auto Autograph 05 25 HOF
$18.00
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2001 DONRUSS ELITE THURMAN THOMAS THROWBACK THREADS JERSEY PROMO VERY RARE!!
$39.99
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Thurman Thomas card lot-jersey cards, numbered cards!
$12.00
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Thurman Thomas Hall of Gold HOF Jersey #111 150 Buffalo Bills
$7.99
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*THURMAN THOMAS ANDRE REED* 1990 Pro Set Hand-Signed Auto Lot BUFFALO BILLS
$19.95
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Thurman Thomas 15 15 2007 National Treasures Cut Auto Autograph All Decade HOF
$58.49
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THURMAN THOMAS 2009 UPPER DECK BLACK AUTOGRAPH AMERICAN FLAG PATCH 11 25
$150.00
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Buffalo Bills AUTO lot (3) with Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Thurman Thomas autographs
$49.00
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Thurman Thomas 2009 UD Icons IMMORTAL LETTERMAN Letter L Patch 120 BILLS
$19.99
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2005 LEAF JIM KELLY THURMAN THOMAS DOUG FLUTIE ROOKIE RC GAME USED JERSEY SP LOT
$7.95
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2011 UD Exquisite Football - Thurman Thomas - Endorsements Auto 75
$74.99
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2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends Certified Auto Autograph Thurman Thomas
$59.99
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Thurman Thomas 15 25 2013 National Treasures Patch Jersey HOF Buffalo Bills
$22.49
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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

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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:

Active Listings for Thurman Thomas Signed Footballs

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Thurman Thomas Signed Jersey Pricing:

Active Listings for Thurman Thomas Signed Jerseys

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Thurman Thomas Signed Helmet Pricing:

Active Listings for Thurman Thomas Signed Helmets

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Thurman Thomas Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Thurman Thomas Signed Photographs

Thurman Thomas Signed Jersey 260x260 Image

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1995 Topps Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills Signed Auto Card PSA DNA Slabbed
$59.99
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BILLS THURMAN THOMAS HOF 07 SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO HOLO & PSA DNA #Q11666
$99.99
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BILLS THURMAN THOMAS HOF 07 SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO HOLO & PSA DNA #Q11670
$99.99
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THURMAN THOMAS HOF 07 Auto Autograph Signed 11x14 Photo Buffalo Bills PSA DNA
$54.99
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THURMAN THOMAS Auto Autograph Signed 8x10 Photo Picture Buffalo Bills PSA DNA
$44.99
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THURMAN THOMAS HOF 07 Auto Autograph Signed 11x14 Photo Buffalo Bills PSA DNA
$54.99
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THURMAN THOMAS HOF Signed Autograph Auto 16x20 Picture Photo Buffalo Bills PSA
$69.99
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BILLS THURMAN THOMAS AUTHENTIC SIGNED WILSON FOOTBALL PSA DNA #W18983
$139.99
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BILLS THURMAN THOMAS AUTHENTIC SIGNED WILSON FOOTBALL PSA DNA #W18985
$139.99
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Thurman Thomas AUTOGRAPHED Signed Buffalo Bills 8x10 PHOTO JSA James Spence COA
$35.99
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Thurman Thomas Signed Buffalo Bills Authentic Full Size Helmet PSA DNA F13082
$325.00
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THURMAN THOMAS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BILLS 8X10 PHOTO HOF 7 PSA DNA
$39.00
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THURMAN THOMAS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS 8X10 PHOTO #4 HOF 7 PSA DNA
$39.00
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Thurman Thomas HOF signed auto Buffalo Bills Riddell Replica Football Helmet JSA
$66.00
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Steiner Thurman Thomas Signed Handoff 8x10 Photo
$99.00
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Thurman Thomas signed Buffalo Bills jersey - Tristar Authenticated - HOF RB
$219.95
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