Calvin Johnson Football Cards: Rookie Cards Checklist and Buying Guide

Calvin Johnson

Date of Birth: 9/25/1985
Rookie Card Year: 2007
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Calvin Johnson is on pace to become one of football's greatest receivers of all-time. And Calvin Johnson cards? They're pretty hot too.

After dominating ACC competition playing for Georgia Tech, Calvin Johnson was selected as the second overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2007 NFL Draft. A naturally gifted athlete that combines size, strength, and speed, he is a cornerback's worst nightmare. The two-time All-American was the recipient of both the Fred Bilentikoff Award and the Paul Warfield Trophy in 2006 as the best collegiate wide receiver in the country.

Johnson has the rare talent to create separation from a defender and create his own openings. His ability to out-leap defenders has made him a perfect red-zone weapon in both college and pro ball. Already a Pro Bowler, the future is bright for this extremely gifted receiver. This came to fruition in 2012 when Johnson broke Jerry Rice's record for most receiving yards in a single season.

All of Johnson's rookie cards come from 2007 products, many of which feature autographs and memorabilia swatches. The remaining cards are traditional base football cards, some of which are serial numbered. This means Calvin Johnson rookie cards are available to collectors of all budgets.

Top Calvin Johnson Rookie Cards

2007 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Calvin Johnson RC #130 Autographed Patch #/99

2007 UD Exquisite Collection Calvin Johnson

The definitive high-end Calvin Johnson rookie card is, without a doubt, his 2007 Upper Deck Exquisite card. It features a posed action photograph, a large memorabilia jersey swatch, an on-card autograph and is limited to only 99 copies.

2007 Playoff National Treasures Calvin Johnson RC #107 Autographed Jersey #/99

2007 National Treasures Calvin Johnson

This is another high-end Calvin Johnson rookie card that carries top-dollar on the secondary market. Also limited to just 99 copies, the vertical layout is a nice contrast to the Exquisite. Also featuring a large jersey swatch, often a patch, and an on-card signature, the photograph used is from a game day.

2007 SPx Calvin Johnson RC #220 Autographed Jersey #/299

2007 SPx Calvin Johnson

Picking a third card to round out the Top 3 Calvin Johnson rookie cards is certainly up for debate. He has several additional autographed memorabilia cards to choose from, some of which are more limited. However, SPx gets our vote for thanks to a classic design and the brand's loyal following. Limited to 299 serial numbered copies, the sticker autograph, while unfortunate, doesn't detract from the card's aesthetic value.

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DETROIT LIONS 115+ CARDS CALVIN JOHNSON #ED PATCH & BARRY SANDERS $$$ INSERTS !
$5.99

2007 Calvin Johnson Topps Chrome Refractor RC #TC-200... BGS 9 Mint w 9.5 subs
$43.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 eTopps Rookie Card RC #8 1685 1999 BGS 9.5 Gem Mint w 10's
$49.00

2012 PANINI PLAYBOOK CALVIN JOHNSON GAME USED JERSEY CARD 49 NRMT FREE SHIP
$11.00

2007 PLAYOFF PRESTIGE #163 CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE RC DETRIOT LIONS
$7.95

2007 Ultra Calvin Johnson Ted Ginn Jarrett Rookie Triple Auto Card #'d 25 RC SP
$109.99

Calvin Johnson 2007 Press Pass Rookie!!! Beckett 10
$13.94

2013 Panini Limited CALVIN JOHNSON "Field Vision" 3D Parallel SP LOOK
$17.00

Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson 2007 Sage HYPE Hit Fire Dual Rookie Card PGI
$17.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 PLAYOFF CONTENDERS AUTO ROOKIE TICKET #123. ISA 10
$171.50

Calvin Johnson Bowman Chrome Refractors 9.5
$19.99

Calvin Johnson Leaf Limited Auto Rookie Jersey 97 99
$112.50

2007 CALVIN JOHNSON BOWMAN CHROME #BC75 ROOKIE SP
$10.99

2007 CALVIN JOHNSON BOWMAN CHROME UNCIRCULATED SN#0151 1079 ROOKIE SP
$29.99

2007 CALVIN JOHNSON TOPPS DPP MINT BLACK CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE SP
$16.99

2007 CALVIN JOHNSON BOWMAN CHROME #BC75 ROOKIE SP
$10.99
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Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

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2007 Bowman Calvin Johnson Rookie TRUE RC Megatron
$0.99

2007 Calvin Johnson Topps Chrome Refractor RC #TC-200... BGS 9 Mint w 9.5 subs
$43.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2014 Topps Chrome CAMO REFRACTOR RC 97 499 Detroit Lions
$4.25

2007 CALVIN JOHNSON UPPERDECK STAR ROOKIE EXCLUSIVE CARD # 277
$0.99

2007 UD 1st Edition Calvin Johnson RC *MEGATRON* Georgia Tech Lions Super Star
$1.04

2007 Press Pass Collectors Series Calvin Johnson RC*MEGATRON*Georgia Tech Lions
$0.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 eTopps Rookie Card RC #8 1685 1999 BGS 9.5 Gem Mint w 10's
$49.00

2007 Press Pass Calvin Johnson RC! RARE Insert RC*MEGATRON*Georgia Tech Lions
$0.99

2007 PLAYOFF PRESTIGE #163 CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE RC DETRIOT LIONS
$7.95

2007 Ultra Calvin Johnson Ted Ginn Jarrett Rookie Triple Auto Card #'d 25 RC SP
$109.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 PLAYOFF RC GEM 10 "LIONS"
$1.99

2007 Upper Deck Rookie Premiere RC Calvin Johnson
$2.39

Calvin Johnson 2007 Press Pass Rookie!!! Beckett 10
$13.94

Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson 2007 Sage HYPE Hit Fire Dual Rookie Card PGI
$17.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 PLAYOFF CONTENDERS AUTO ROOKIE TICKET #123. ISA 10
$171.50

$$ Topps CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 ROOKIE CARD Detroit Lions MEGATRON + bonus $$
$3.99
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Autograph Guide

Calvin Johnson Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Calvin Johnson 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, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Calvin Johnson Cut Signature Exemplar

Calvin Johnson Cut Signature Example  

Calvin Johnson Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Calvin Johnson signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature appears to consist of just (3) letters
  2. The letters "C-J" are discernible
  3. The third letter looks nearly identical to the letter "J" but their is not a second "J" in his name
  4. Instead of discerning letters, it is better to notate the 45 degree angle of the signature and the increasing and consistent size of each character
  5. All of the letter formations end with a right extending line of various sizes
  6. He almost always includes his jersey number "81"

Signed Football Pricing:

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Calvin Johnson Signed Football

Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Calvin Johnson Signed Jersey

Signed Helmet Pricing (Full-size and Mini):

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Calvin Johnson Signed Helmet

Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Calvin Johnson Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

CALVIN JOHNSON DETROIT LIONS SIGNED NFL FOOTBALL
$36.00

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPH NFL JERSEY BLUE DETROIT LIONS GAI COA
$324.95

CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED FULL SIZE REPLICA HELMET GA COA and Hologram
$299.00

CALVIN JOHNSON LIONS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO GLOBAL
$65.00

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Autographed signed Blue Style Jersey XL w coa
$97.00

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Autographed signed Mini Helmet w coa
$50.00

Calvin Johnson Autographed Detroit Lions 8x10 Photo GAI COA
$69.99

Calvin Johnson Signed NFL Mini Helmet PSA DNA
$199.00

CALVIN JOHNSON MEGATRON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED DETROIT LIONS #81 JERSEY COA
$249.00

Calvin Johnson Autographed Georgia Tech Yellowjackets 8x10 Photo GAI COA
$69.99

Calvin Johnson & Matthew Stafford Autographed Detroit Lions 8x10 Photo GAI COA
$149.99

2007 ELITE RC CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTO AUTHENTIC RARE PANINI
$129.00

CALVIN JOHNSON DETROIT LIONS AUTO AUTOGRAPH SIGNED 8X10 GAI COA
$29.99

calvin johnson megatron autographed Signed Lions Jersey Helmet AAA COA Rare New
$200.00

CALVIN JOHNSON LIONS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO
$30.00

Calvin Johnson signed auto 11x14 Detroit Lions photo Georgia Tech MEGATRON
$89.99
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