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.

Top eBay Listings

Calvin Johnson Rookie Cards!! The whole lot = 6 rookie cards.
$15.99

2007 Calvin Johnson Topps Chrome White Refractor RC- BGS 9.5 Gem Mint- #765 869
$119.99

2007 SCORE FOOTBALL set Megatron Tony Romo Peterson Adrian rookie Calvin Johnson
$19.99

11 2007-2012 Bowman Sage Hit Calvin Johnson RC lot Detroit Lions #145 
$9.95

2014 TOPPS #8 CALVIN JOHNSON "1000 YARD CLUB" INSERT, DETROIT LIONS, 100114
$5.35

Calvin Johnson Topps Draft Picks & Prospects 2007 Rookie #132 Black Chrome
$10.00

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 Topps COPPER ROOKIE #ed 548 2007 Lions RC
$8.00

Calvin Johnson - Topps Huddle Limited Series 2014 Digital Card (81) Rarity
$15.00

CALVIN JOHNSON 2011 TOPPS 5 STAR 129
$11.21

2007 FINEST BLUE XFRACTOR CALVIN JOHNSON RC AUTO 50!! BGS 9.5 10!! SICK SUBS
$450.00

2007 FINEST GREEN XFRACTOR CALVIN JOHNSON RC AUTO 09 25 BGS 9.5 10!!
$650.00

(8) ct 2007 07 Topps & Red Hot CALVIN JOHNSON RC Rookie Count Lot
$24.99

2014 Bowman Blue Parallel #V6 Calvin Johnson # 99 BX 208Y
$6.99

Calvin Johnson Football Card
$8.00

2007 Sweet Spot Swatch Patch 2 Color Jersey Patch Calvin Johnson RC Rookie Card
$34.99

2007 DONRUSS PLAYOFFS CALVIN JOHNSON LIONS ROOKIE 25 - COUNT LOT
$49.99
« Previous1234

Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

Top eBay Listings

2007 SCORE CALVIN JOHNSON RC # 351 DETROIT LIONS ALL PRO
$4.99

2007 Calvin Johnson Topps Chrome White Refractor RC- BGS 9.5 Gem Mint- #765 869
$119.99

Calvin Johnson Topps Draft Picks & Prospects 2007 Rookie #132 Black Chrome
$10.00

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 Topps COPPER ROOKIE #ed 548 2007 Lions RC
$8.00

Calvin Johnson 2007 INSERT ROOKIE CARD Football RC Detroit Lions MEGATRON!
$0.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 PRESS PASS #18 ROOKIE GEM 10 "LIONS"
$1.99

2007 FINEST BLUE XFRACTOR CALVIN JOHNSON RC AUTO 50!! BGS 9.5 10!! SICK SUBS
$450.00

2007 TOPPS #320 CALVIN JOHNSON RC NMMT *814911
$4.00

2007 FINEST GREEN XFRACTOR CALVIN JOHNSON RC AUTO 09 25 BGS 9.5 10!!
$650.00

2007 Sage Aspire Calvin Johnson Rookie Card #18
$1.00

2007 Sweet Spot Swatch Patch 2 Color Jersey Patch Calvin Johnson RC Rookie Card
$34.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 UD RC AUTO #D 33 PATCH LOGO 3 COLOR MINT SUPER RARE FIND
$499.99

2007 TOPPS ROOKIE CARD CALVIN JOHNSON #320!
$4.95

2007 BOWMAN ROOKIE CARD CALVIN JOHNSON #145!
$6.95

2007 FLEER ULTRA LUCKY 13 ROOKIE CARD CALVIN JOHNSON #203!
$18.00

2007 PRESTIGE #163 CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE RC - DETROIT LIONS
$8.05
« Previous1234

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:

Active Listings for Calvin Johnson Signed Footballs

Calvin Johnson Signed Football

Signed Jersey Pricing:

Active Listings for Calvin Johnson Signed Jerseys

Calvin Johnson Signed Jersey

Signed Helmet Pricing (Full-size and Mini):

Active Listings for Calvin Johnson Signed Helmets

Calvin Johnson Signed Helmet

Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Calvin Johnson Signed Photographs

Calvin Johnson Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS 16x20 PHOTO JSA
$249.99

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED GEORGIA TECH RAMBLIN WRECK 16x20 PHOTO JSA
$249.99

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED GEORGIA TECH FULL SIZE HELMET PSA DNA DETROIT LIONS
$499.99

Calvin Johnson Framed Jersey Signed AAA COA Autographed Detroit Lions Megatron
$799.95

Calvin Johnson Matthew Stafford Autographed Detroit Lions mini helmet GAI COA
$224.99

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED DETROIT LIONS FULL SIZE HELMET PSA DNA W95966
$499.99

Calvin Johnson Autographed Detroit Lions ON FIELD NFL Blue Jersey GAI COA
$179.99

Calvin Johnson Autographed Detroit Lions ON FIELD NFL White Jersey GAI COA
$179.99

Calvin Johnson Autographed Full Size Detroit Lions Logo Football GAI COA
$134.99

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Autographed signed Full Size Football w coa-
$35.00

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Autographed signed mini Helmet w coa -
$35.00

Calvin Johnson signed auto speed Mini Helmet Detroit Lions Georgia Tech MEGATRON
$99.99

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Signed 16x20 Photo Autographed NFL Authentic
$13.61

CALVIN JOHNSON LIONS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO
$30.00

Calvin Johnson signed auto Mini Helmet Detroit Lions Georgia Tech MEGATRON
$99.99

Calvin Johnson signed auto 11x14 Detroit Lions photo Georgia Tech MEGATRON
$89.99
« Previous1234

Other Resources

Additional articles about Calvin Johnson cards and memorabilia:

For general information and player statistics visit:


 |  E-Mail Author | 
Rob Bertrand is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby. He is one of the site's most accomplished writers, as well as the co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio. You can follow him on Twitter @VOTC.

Leave a Comment: