New York Giants Collectibles And Memorabilia

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New York Giants Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

 

Brief history/biography

The Giants joined the NFL in 1925 and are currently ranked third out of all the NFL football teams.

The team colors are blue, red, white and grey.

Since their formation the Giants have won four NFL Championships in 1927, 1934, 1938 and 1956, three Super Bowl Championships in 1986, 1990 and 2007, ten Conference Championships as well as 16 Division Championships. The team has also appeared in the Playoffs 31 different times.

Types of New York Giants collectibles and memorabilia

Autographs

Collectors of Giants autographs fall into a number of interest groups. There are people whose main interest is modern players and others who only collect vintage. While some collectors limit themselves to signed football cards, others focus on team photos, and many vintage collectors will also look for letters, cuts, postcards, 3 by 5 cards, and signed programs. A significant group of collectors look for members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so a number of Giants are of interest to them. The rarest of all Giants autographs is Timothy J. Mara, the founder and original owner of the franchise. His grandson, who was also named Tim Mara, was co-owner with his uncle Wellington Mara for a number of years - collectors have to be careful which Tim Mara they are buying. Two other New York Giants players are also hard to find because they were killed in action in World War II - Al Blozis in France and Jack Lummus on Iwo Jima. Jack Lummus was awarded the Medal of Honor so his autograph is sought after by military collectors as well.

Jerseys

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold Eli Manning's 2006 game-used New York Giants jersey for $1,300 in October of 2008.

Helmets

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold Tommy Joe Crutcher's game-used 1968-1969 New York Giants helmet for $900 in November of 2011.

Footballs

Sotheby's in New York sold a signed football which was used in a 1961 game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants for $2,040 in June of 2006.

Championship rings

Sotheby's in New York sold Craig Walendy's 2000 New York Giants 14K gold Championship ring for $10,625 in April of 2008.

Programs

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a 1938 NFL Championship program for a game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers for $1,100 in April of 2010.

Tickets

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a 1939 NFL Championship game ticket for a match between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants for $1,900 in April of 2010.

Sotheby's in New York sold a 1925 football program for a game between the New York Giants and the Frankford Yellow Jackets (which was also the first Giants home game) for $1,680 in December of 2005.

Jewellery

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a 1990 New York Giants "World Champions" 10K gold pendant for $1,900 in November of 2011.

Artwork

EAC Gallery in Mineola, New York sold 3-D construction art by artist Charles Fazzino depicting the New York Giants in the midst of a football game in their home stadium (and titled "New York Giants") for $500 in March of 2006.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold illustration art by artist Jack Kirby depicting a comic hero in a New York Giants uniform (circa 1970s) for $2,200 in February of 2009.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was once owned, signed or used by Craig Walendy (who played for the team in 2000), Eli Manning (who has been playing for the team since 2004) or Tommy Joe Crutcher (from 1968 to 1969) is considered to be the most valuable.

Only 200 copies of Charles Fazzino's "New York Giants" 3-D artwork are known to exist.

New York Giants memorabilia that dates back to before the 1950s is considered to be more rare than memorabilia from the 1960s to present.

Restoration of a New York Giants jersey, helmet, football, ticket, artwork, Championship ring, Championship coin or program is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find New York Giants memorabilia, visit the New York Giants' official website, the NFL Shop and Football Fanatics.

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