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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THURMAN THOMAS 2012 UD GOODWIN CHAMPIONS GAME USED WORN JERSEY AB1378
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THURMAN THOMAS 2001 LEAF CERTIFIED FABRIC OF THE GAME JERSEY #068 136 AB566
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2009 Threads Gridiron Kings Thurman Thomas Dual Jersey Autograph Card 05 10 NICE
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2014 IMMACULATE FOOTBALL THURMAN THOMAS NAMEPLATE NOBILTY PATCH "A" #6 7 BILLS
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Thurman Thomas Auto graph 2007 Sportkings Silver #ATT BGS 9.5 10 Pop. 1
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2002 Piece of the Game Thurman Thomas Jersey Relic White with Red! Buffalo Bills
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Thurman Thomas 2013-2014 UD Quantum Legacy Dual Patch Autograph Auto Card 4 5
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1992 Pro Line Profiles #9 of 9 Thurman Thomas AUTO HOF BILLS
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1992 Pro Line Profiles #3 of 9 Thurman Thomas AUTO HOF BILLS
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1992 Pro Line Profiles #8 of 9 Thurman Thomas AUTO HOF BILLS
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1992 Pro Line Profiles #7 of 9 Thurman Thomas AUTO HOF BILLS
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1992 Pro Line Profiles #5 of 9 Thurman Thomas AUTO HOF BILLS
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2011 Upper Deck College Legends Thurman Thomas autograph auto #39 SSP
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THURMAN THOMAS 2010 EXQUISITE DUAL PATCH 3 COLOR #16 25 BILLS
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2014 Panini Flawless THURMAN THOMAS Greats Gold Patch Autograph # 10 *SSP*
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Thurman Thomas 2014 Immaculate numbers 4 color patch # IM-TT-22 25-HOF Bills
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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

Thurman Thomas Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Thurman Thomas Signed Helmet

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Thurman Thomas Signed Jersey

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Thurman Thomas signed 8x10 Buffalo Bills PSA DNA
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Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills signed 16x20 Photo PSA DNA #Q55822
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THURMAN THOMAS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS FULL SIZE HELMET w "HOF 07" JSA
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THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS FULL SIZE AUTHENTIC HELMET JSA#G65946
$325.00

Thurman Thomas Signed NFL Football Steiner Certified in Steiner Glass Case UV
$150.00

THURMAN THOMAS AUTO SIGNED 16x20 PHOTO BUFFALO BILLS JSA CERTIFIED
$60.00

THURMAN THOMAS AUTO SIGNED 16x20 PHOTO BUFFALO BILLS JSA CERTIFIED
$60.00

BILLS THURMAN THOMAS AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1989 PRO SET ROOKIE #32 PSA SLABBED
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Thurman Thomas(NFL) Signed MLB Offical League Baseball comes w COA PSA DNA
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Thurman Thomas HOF Bills 1993 Collector's Edge Signed Auto PSA DNA ENCAPSULATED
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Thurman Thomas signed autograph auto 2.5x3.5 Cut NFL Football HOF PSA Slabbed
$55.00

THURMAN THOMAS & ANDRE REED BILLS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO psa dna#j14159
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OK STATE THURMAN THOMAS AUTHENTIC SIGNED & MATTED MAGAZINE PHOTO PSA DNA #W36600
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Thurman Thomas Autograph Signed 8x10 photo psa dna Miami Dolphins
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BILLS THURMAN THOMAS "HOF 07" SIGNED FULL SIZE REP HELMET JSA & PSA DNA #S80362
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Thurman Thomas Hot! signed Bills 3x5 card and 8x10 matted PSA DNA cert
$75.00
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