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Ten Valuable Franco Harris Football Collectibles

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Franco Harris made his National Football League debut in 1972. Valuable Franco Harris football collectibles include Pittsburgh Steelers game-worn jerseys, Immaculate Reception 1972 ticket stubs, autographed Sports Illustrated prints and 1973 Topps rookie

Fort Dix, New Jersey-born Franco Harris (1950-) was a four-time Super Bowl champion. The #13 overall pick in the 1972 NFL draft out of Penn State, Harris played his 1972-1984 pro football career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, amassing 12,120 rushing yards, 2,287 receiving yards and 100 touchdowns. The 1972 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and a nine-time All-Pro selection, Franco Harris was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Here are ten valuable Franco Harris football collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again #32 Franco Harris...

Franco Harris 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Game-Used Jersey

A 1978 Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers game-worn #32 jersey sold at auction for $20,912.50. Harris has affixed his signature to the jersey's back.

Franco Harris 1978 Steelers jersey $20,912.50 - Heritage Auctions

Franco Harris Autographed Immaculate Reception Ticket Stub

On December 23, 1972, in an AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders Franco Harris made his now-famous "Immaculate Reception." Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw a pass to Frenchy Fuqua, with the Raiders fearsome defensive back Jack Tatum putting a devastating hit on Fuqua. The ball tumbled in the air with an opportunistic Franco Harris scooping it up just before it hit the ground and running it in for a touchdown. Final score: Steelers 13, Raiders 7.  A Franco Harris-signed ticket stub from that historic – and still controversial – game brought $227.05 at auction.

Franco Harris 1972 Immaculate Reception ticket stub $227.05 - Heritage Auctions

Franco Harris Signed Pittsburgh Steelers Replica Jersey

A #32 Pittsburgh Steelers replica jersey signed by Franco Harris sold at auction for $107.55.

Franco Harris autographed Steelers jersey $107.55 - Heritage Auctions

Franco Harris Single Signed Football

A Wilson NFL football signed by Franco Harris brought $101.58 at auction.

Franco Harris Autographed Sports Illustrated Print

A 16x20-inch Sports Illustrated print signed by Franco Harris sold at auction for $60.95. The print is a reproduction of the August 23, 1982, cover of SI.

Franco Harris signed Sports Illustrated print $60.95 - Heritage Auctions

Franco Harris 1973 Topps Rookie Football Card

Card #89 in the 1973 Topps football series is Franco Harris' rookie card. Examples in near mint condition book for around $50.

Franco Harris 1974 Topps Football Card

Card #220 Franco Harris graces the 1974 Topps football set. One example in near mint condition sold for $5.65.

Franco Harris 1975 Topps Football Card

Card #300 Franco Harris appears in the 1975 Topps football issue. Near mint examples book for $8-10.

Franco Harris 1976 Topps Football Card

Card #100 in the 1976 Topps football series features Franco Harris. Near mint examples sell for around $6-8.

Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis 2005 Donruss Classics Past and Present Gold Football Card

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Franco Harris and Jerome "The Bus" Bettis appear together in the 2005 Donruss Classics Past and Present series. Card #77 out of 250 sold for a reasonable $2.

Franco Harris Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image

  • Auction/sales results, values and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas; CheckOutMyCards.com; Amazon.com
  • Top image: Franco Harris 1982 Topps football card #211 in near mint condition $2.95 - Amazon.com

Copyright © 2011 William J. Felchner

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