The New York Giants have traditionally been one of the best franchises in the NFL. The Giants were established in 1925, and among the five original NFL teams established that year they remain the lone active franchise. The team has won eight NFL titles: four titles in the pre-Super Bowl era and four since the establishment of the Super Bowl. The Giants also have a long history of iconic players; in total 15 Hall of Famers have suited up in a New York Giants uniform.
The Giants emerged as perennial playoff contenders when the franchise hired Bill Parcells as its next head coach in 1983. After a bad 1983 season, the Giants made the playoffs in ’84 and ’85 but it wasn’t until the following season that the team broke out as a force to be reckoned with. The ’86 Giants stormed through the season to the tune of a 14-2 record and the top seed in the NFC playoffs. New York cruised past the San Francisco 49ers 49-3 in the divisional round of the playoffs before shutting out the Washington Redskins 17-0 in the NFC Championship game and advancing to the first Super Bowl in franchise history. With Parcells at the helm, quarterback, Phil Simms leading the offense and MVP Lawrence Taylor manning the defense, the Giants beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI to claim the first Super Bowl title in team history.
The Giants returned to glory during the 1990 season, when they sported a 13-3 record during the regular season before defeating the 49ers in the playoffs and advancing to another Super Bowl. In Super Bowl XXV, the Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 while adding another Lombardi Trophy to their collection.
New York would not see another Super Bowl title until 2007, but the victory was worth the wait. The Giants finished the season 10-6 and had to beat three teams on the road during the playoffs just to represent the NFC in the championship. After taking down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers the Giants faced the ultimate opponent: the 18-0 New England Patriots. The Patriots entered Super Bowl XLII as heavy favorites, but were stunned as the Giants won the game 17-14. Quarterback, Eli Manning was named Super Bowl MVP and will always be remembered for a game-saving play he made while scrambling out of a crowded pocket and finding receiver, Davis Tyree, down field for a huge gain which eventually led to the game-winning score.
The Giants claimed their fourth Super Bowl title during the 2012 season after taking down the New England Patriots for the second time in Super Bowl XLVI. Eli Manning was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career, placing him in an elite class of quarterbacks to have won multiple championships.
The New York Giants have served as one of the NFL’s marquee franchises over the past 10 years. It’s easy to see why the Giants have built an enormous fan base and their memorabilia is collected worldwide. With two Super Bowl victories since 2007, the Giants have been on top of the NFL world more often in recent history than any other team. With a future Hall of Famer in Eli Manning and impact players like Victor Cruz, the Giants provide collectors with a number of options as to where to turn to add depth and uniqueness to a memorabilia collection.