Rookie Card Year: 1973
Investment Rating: 7.5
When you are part of a Super Bowl dynasty for a team with as passionate and far-ranging a fan base as the Pittsburgh Steelers, you can be guaranteed that your football cards and autographed memorabilia will always be in high demand. Such is the case for Franco Harris whose cards and memorabilia are, to this day, some of the most popular items pursued by collectors of the Steelers Nation.
Franco Harris a four-time Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV). He was a key part of Pittsburgh's run of four championships in six years. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and the1972 Rookie of the Year, Harris' punishing rushing style allowed the Steelers to develop a balanced game to capitalize on the team's aerial assault that was led by teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, Terry Bradshaw.
Selected out of Penn State with the 13th pick in the 1972 NFL Draft, Harris debuted for the Steelers that same year. The Franco Harris rookie card is found in 1973 Topps Football. While the 1973 Topps cards is Harris' official rookie card, he did have other cards and items issued that year as well. These includes three different team-issued cards. 7-11, included Harris on their 1973 Slurpee Cup Disc checklist as well.
When it comes to autographed memorabilia, Franco Harris has plenty in the market. However, due to his winning pedigree, it usually isn't cheap. On the rare occasion that game-used memorabilia from his career makes its way to auction, the realized prices are often astronomical. The most affordable alternative for collectors is his autographed and memorabilia trading cards. Franco Harris has been included in numerous modern sports card products and he has ample amounts of quality material to choose from at almost any budget.
Franco Harris Rookie Cards
Featuring Franco Harris standing on the sidelines during his rookie year, presumably watching the Steelers' defense, the simple design has been a collector favorite for years.
Franco Harris' first officially certified autograph card was part of the much revered 1991 Pro Line Portraits set. Like many retired greats from Harris' era, this was the first affordable trading card product that offered the chance of pulling an autograph of a Hall of Fame player. The embossed certification seal visible on the front and back, right corners of the card insures the autograph's authenticity.
Franco Harris' first game-used memorabilia cards were included as part of 2000 Playoff Momentum Football. The cards are incredibly difficult to find on the secondary market. Harris has a total of seven cards in the set including two solo cards that are numbered to 100 and three where Harris is paired with other players (#/50 and 25). He also has two solo autographed memorabilia cards (#/25).
Franco Harris Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Franco Harris 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.
Franco Harris Cut Signature Exemplar
Franco Harris Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Franco Harris signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A combination of printing and cursive handwriting creates a fairly legible signature.
- The letter "F" is hard to discern and looks more like a combination of a "G-h", which is actually part of the letter "r."
- The "a-n-c-o" are legible with the "a-n" connected, the pen lifts for the "c" and "o" are are themselves disconnected.
- The letter "H" is connected by an angled line from the bottom of the right parallel line back up to the middle of the firs.
- The letters "a-r-r-i" are legible and connected, the two "r"s create a character that looks like an "n", the "i" is dotted.
- The "s" is implied with a large backward "c"-like swoop.
- He often inscribes his jersey "32."
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