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.

Top eBay Listings

2013 Leaf Sports Masterworks Thurman Thomas Auto Sketch 1 1 Sketch By Brian Kong
$39.50

2009 Playoff National Treasures College Signature #5 Thurman Thomas 10 AUTO
$34.99

2011 Timeless Treasures Thurman Thomas Changing Stripes Dual Patch Card! #03 49!
$5.83

2003 LEAF CERTIFIED THURMAN THOMAS FABRIC OF THE GAME AUTO NUMBERS PATCH 11 34
$149.99

THURMAN THOMAS 2013 Topps Magic Auto SP SSP Autograph 10 Bills RB
$89.99

National Treasures Signature Patches Autograph Bills Thurman Thomas 17 27 2008
$200.00

2009 UPPER DECK HEROES THURMAN THOMAS AUTO SP 25 PSA 10 GEM MINT BUFFALO BILLS
$28.00

Thurman Thomas 2007 Playoff National Treasures 3x MVP Jersey #'d 07 25
$7.49

Thurman Thomas LaDell Betts 2002 Playoff Contenders Rookie Idols Autograph #4 25
$109.34

THURMAN THOMAS 2002 DONRUSS CLASSICS AUTOGRAPH AUTO #018 150 FD1017
$21.99

2012 Thurman Thomas Sp Authentic Sign of the Times Auto PSA 10 Bills
$59.99

2001 UPPERDECK LEGENDS THURMAN THOMAS GAME WORN JERSEY CARD TIMELESS TRIBUTES
$24.95

2007 Topps Co-Signers Co-Signer Autograph #KT Jim Kelly A 20 Thurman Thomas
$150.00

2001 Private Stock #17 Thurman Thomas Authentic Game-Worn Jersey Card
$9.45

2013 THURMAN THOMAS Topps Supreme Auto Purple Card #'d 2 5 T2035
$75.00

2011 Upper Deck College Football #39 Thurman Thomas Oklahoma State Signed AUTO
$8.00
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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.

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Thurman Thomas Signed Jersey

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Brand New Thurman Thomas Signed NFL Duke Football w "HOF 07" Insc Steiner COA
$149.00

Thurman Thomas signed Buffalo Bills jersey - Tristar Authenticated - HOF RB
$219.95

JIM KELLY & THURMAN THOMAS Signed Buffalo Bills vs Steelers 16x20 Photo -PSA DNA
$186.42

JIM KELLY & THURMAN THOMAS Signed Buffalo Bills Handoff Action 16x20 Photo - PSA
$186.42

JIM KELLY & THURMAN THOMAS Signed Buffalo Bills Riddell Full-Size Helmet PSA DNA
$334.62

BUFFALO BILLS THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO HOF07 JSA WITNESS ACTION
$44.99

BUFFALO BILLS THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO HOF07 JSA WITNESS
$44.99

BUFFALO BILLS THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED 16X20 SI PHOTO HOF07 JSA WITNESS
$44.99

Thurman Thomas SIGNED 8x10 Photo + HOF 07 Buffalo Bills PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$65.00

THURMAN THOMAS JSA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$49.00

Steiner Thurman Thomas Signed HOF 07 Buffalo Bills 16x20 Photo
$59.99

Thurman Thomas 1989 Topps signed autographed card PSA DNA Buffalo Bills
$59.99

THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS BLUE STAT JERSEY "HOF 07" JSA WITNESSED
$87.00

THURMAN THOMAS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS REPLICA HELMET JSA
$179.99

THURMAN THOMAS Signed Buffalo Bills Jersey # only -JSA Authenticated #F43030
$69.00

Thurman Thomas #34 signed Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame NFL Mini Helmet JSA #H53684
$59.95
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