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

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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

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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

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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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Calvin Johnson GRADED ROOKIE!!!! Gem Mint 10! PP SE GOLD #7 Lions Megatron!!
$12.99
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2007 Topps Chrome CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie Card #TC200
$10.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON *MEGATRON* 2007 TOPPS CHROME RC ROOKIE CARD LIONS *MINT CONDITION
$5.50
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Calvin Johnson "ELITE SERIES -GOLD" Sp GOLD FOIL PARALLEL - SERIAL #D 49 SP
$8.50
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Calvin Johnson "BOWMAN CHROME" ROOKIE - 2007 Bowman Chrome RC #BC75 - GEM !!
$5.50
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2007 UD Rookie Exclusives First Edition Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Lot (x4)
$10.00
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Calvin Johnson "CHROME REFRACTORS" SP ROOKIE REFRACTOR - 07' Topps Chrome GEM
$20.50
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CALVIN JOHNSON NEXT GENERATION JERSEY #01 50 ERROR #1
$39.99
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TROY POLAMALU CALVIN JOHNSON RED GRANGE 2013 NATIONAL TREASURES SILVER PARALLEL
$10.50
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Calvin Johnson 2007 07 Donruss Elite National Rookie
$14.99
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Calvin Johnson detriot lions ribbon patch card PR-CJ 2013
$7.00
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CALVIN JOHNSON 2010 TOPPS CHROME RED REFRACTOR #3 25!!!!
$66.51
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CALVIN JOHNSON 2011 TOPPS CHROME RED REFRACTOR #2 25!!!!
$71.51
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2007 Bowman Chrome #BC75 Calvin Johnson Lions Rookie RC PSA 10 GEM MINT
$21.50
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CALVIN JOHNSON 2012 TOPPS CHROME RED REFRACTOR #18 25!!!!
$56.51
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2007 Playoff Contenders Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions RC Rookie Ticket AUTO
$183.50
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Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

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Calvin Johnson 2007 UD RC
$3.75
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Calvin Johnson GRADED ROOKIE!!!! Gem Mint 10! PP SE GOLD #7 Lions Megatron!!
$12.99
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Calvin Johnson "STAR ROOKIE" ROOKIE - 2007 Upper Deck Exclusives - DETROIT!
$1.29
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2007 Topps Chrome CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie Card #TC200
$10.99
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Calvin Johnson "2007 DRAFT PICK" ROOKIE - 2007 Topps DPP RC #132 - INVEST$
$0.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON *MEGATRON* 2007 TOPPS CHROME RC ROOKIE CARD LIONS *MINT CONDITION
$5.50
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Calvin Johnson "BOWMAN CHROME" ROOKIE - 2007 Bowman Chrome RC #BC75 - GEM !!
$5.50
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2007 Topps Wal-Mart Exclusive Calvin Johnson Rookie Card #2 - Free SH
$0.99
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Calvin Johnson "HOT ROOKIE" ROOKIE INSERT - 2007 Score #HR5 - DETROIT!!!
$1.04
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Calvin Johnson "CHROME REFRACTORS" SP ROOKIE REFRACTOR - 07' Topps Chrome GEM
$20.50
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2007 BOWMAN CHROME CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE RC NON AUTO DETRIOT LIONS
$1.41
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Calvin Johnson 2007 07 Topps Draft Picks Rookie Card
$2.97
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Calvin Johnson 2007 07 Donruss Elite National Rookie
$14.99
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Calvin Johnson RC 2007 PressPass Rookie Card TAR #8
$0.99
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Barry Sanders #'d Jersey Rookie Calvin Johnson Certified Topps Detroit Lions
$2.25
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2007 Bowman Chrome #BC75 Calvin Johnson Lions Rookie RC PSA 10 GEM MINT
$21.50
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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

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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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Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Signed Helmet Pricing (Full-size and Mini):

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Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Calvin Johnson Signed Photographs

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CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED MINI HELMET LIONS COA HOLO GLOBAL AUTHENTICS
$129.00
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CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED LIONS FOOTBALL GLOBAL AUTHENTICS
$99.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED GEORGIA TECH HAT (GAI COA)
$125.00
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CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPH LIONS FOOTBALL MINI HELMET GA COA
$119.99
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1 1 Calvin Johnson Signed 16x20 Painting! Detroit Lions! Football! MEGATRON!
$215.00
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CALVIN JOHNSON LIONS AUTOGRAPHED CARD
$22.95
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CALVIN JOHNSON MATTHEW STAFFORD AUTOGRAPHED MINI HELMET LIONS GLOBAL AUTHENTICS
$198.99
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Calvin Johnson Signed autographed 8X10 Lions photo
$24.99
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GEORGIA TECH DETROIT LIONS CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO W COA
$80.96
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CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED MINI HELMET # 3 LIONS GA GLOBAL AUTHENTICS
$138.99
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Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Autographed 8'' x 10'' intro smoke Photograph coa
$74.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON MATTHEW STAFFORD LIONS SIGNED AUTOGRAPH NFL WILSON FOOTBALL COA
$199.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED DETROIT LIONS JERSEY JSA CERT
$209.99
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Calvin Johnson 2007 Upper Deck Football NFL Ink Autographed Auto RC #NFLI-CJ
$190.00
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$99.00
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Calvin Johnson ( Detroit Lions )Autographed Mini-Helmet Global COA
$80.00
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