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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THURMAN THOMAS 2001 UD TIMELESS TRIBUTES GAME USED JERSEY
$5.55
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2010 Thurman Thomas Absolute Memorabilia Canton Absolutes Jersey Autograph # 25
$49.99
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Thurman Thomas Autographed 1991 Pro Line Portraits Auto Card Bills Signature
$17.99
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Thurman Thomas # 400 Autographed 2002 Gridiron Kings Auto Card Bills Signature
$31.99
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09 Barry Sanders Emmitt Smith Thurman Thomas National Treasures Triple Auto 1 10
$444.99
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Barry Sanders Emmitt Smith Thurman Thomas 2009 Exquisite Triple Autograph 11 15
$424.99
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2006 THURMAN THOMAS GRIDIRON GEAR PERFORMERS AUTO PARALLEL 26 35 !!!
$9.50
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THURMAN THOMAS 2004 Fleer Greats Glory of Their Time Jersey BUFFALO BILLS 300
$7.00
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2001 Private Stock #17 Thurman Thomas Authentic Game-Worn Jersey Card
$9.45
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3 CARD JERSEY LOT THURMAN THOMAS RYAN NASSIB RC JAMAAL CHARLES
$6.99
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2014 UD UPPER DECK 25TH ANNIVERSARY Thurman Thomas #34 AUTO SP
$9.99
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2013 THURMAN THOMAS Topps Supreme Auto Purple Card #'d 2 5 T2035
$75.00
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2006 Leaf Certified FOTG Thurman Thomas Jersey 19 25
$17.99
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RARE THURMAN THOMAS AUTO AUTOGRAPH & GAME USED JERSEY CARD #8 34 - BUFFALO BILLS
$49.99
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THURMAN THOMAS 2009 NATIONAL TREASURES CENTURY 3 COLOR PRIME PATCH #6 10 - RARE
$30.00
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2007 Topps Co-Signers Jim Kelly Thurman Thomas Auto 14 25
$30.01
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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

Thurman Thomas Signed Helmet 218x300 Image

Thurman Thomas Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Thurman Thomas Signed Photographs

Thurman Thomas Signed Jersey 260x260 Image

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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 SIGNED 1989 SCORE RC PSA
$49.99
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THURMAN THOMAS SIGNED 1989 SCORE RC PSA
$49.99
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Thurman Thomas signed Buffalo Bills jersey - Tristar Authenticated - HOF RB
$219.95
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Thurman Thomas Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Auto Autograph W83290
$35.00
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Thurman Thomas SIGNED 8x10 Photo + HOF 07 Buffalo Bills PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$65.00
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THURMAN THOMAS JSA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$49.00
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JIM KELLY & THURMAN THOMAS Signed Buffalo Bills vs Steelers 16x20 Photo -PSA DNA
$200.76
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JIM KELLY & THURMAN THOMAS Signed Buffalo Bills Handoff Action 16x20 Photo - PSA
$200.76
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JIM KELLY & THURMAN THOMAS Signed Buffalo Bills Riddell Full-Size Helmet PSA DNA
$360.36
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Thurman Thomas signed 16x20 Photo HOF 07 JSA
$74.99
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Thurman Thomas Signed NFL Football Steiner Certified in Steiner Glass Case UV
$165.00
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THURMAN THOMAS ANDRE REED BUFFALO Signed Photo JSA
$129.99
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BILLS THURMAN THOMAS AUTHENTIC SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 1992 PSA DNA #Q12352
$79.99
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THURMAN THOMAS Signed Buffalo Bills Jersey # only -JSA Authenticated #F43030
$69.00
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