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

2015 Bowman Silver Ice #39 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Football Card 3y0
$5.25

2015 Topps 60th Anniversary Target Red Foil #T60-CJ Calvin Johnson Card 5w4
$15.25

2007 Calvin Johnson Rookie #'d 81 99 Jersey # 81 UD NFL Artifacts Gold SP GEM 10
$89.99

CALVIN JOHNSON X INSERT #001 100 - DETROIT LIONS 2010 PANINI GRIDIRON GEAR #1
$14.99

2007 Topps Chrome CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie RC Blue Refractor BGS 9
$30.00

2007 Topps Chrome CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie RC Red Refractor 139 BGS 9
$75.00

2014 Topps Fire Blue #88 Calvin Johnson 299 Detroit Lions Football Card 2y4
$8.28

2007 Topps Chrome CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie RC Refractor BGS 8.5
$25.00

2015 Panini Donruss Press Proof Purple #279 Gridiron Kings Calvin Johnson 2y4
$5.03

2007 Topps Chrome CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie RC White Refractor 869 BGS 9.5
$45.00

2015 Panini Playbook Gold #30 Calvin Johnson Matthew Stafford 199 Card 0c6
$14.25

2014 Panini Elite Status Die-Cut #33 Calvin Johnson 81 Detroit Lions Card 0d4
$7.75

Calvin Johnson 1 480 Sage Aspire SILVER Hype Rookie Card PGI 10
$14.99

10 lot CALVIN JOHNSON ADRIAN PETERSON 2007 SAGE Silver Hype Rookie
$18.99

CALVIN JOHNSON Lions 2007 SAGE HIT Rookie Card PGI 10
$14.99

2015 Topps Finest Red Refractor #99 Calvin Johnson 99 Detroit Lions Card 3g2
$5.25
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Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

Top eBay Listings

2007 Calvin Johnson Rookie #'d 81 99 Jersey # 81 UD NFL Artifacts Gold SP GEM 10
$89.99

2007 Topps Chrome CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie RC Blue Refractor BGS 9
$30.00

2007 Topps Chrome CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie RC Red Refractor 139 BGS 9
$75.00

2007 Topps Chrome CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie RC Refractor BGS 8.5
$25.00

2007 Topps Chrome CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie RC White Refractor 869 BGS 9.5
$45.00

2007 Topps TX Exclusive Calvin Johnson Rookie RC Rare Sp $25
$4.99

Calvin Johnson 1 480 Sage Aspire SILVER Hype Rookie Card PGI 10
$14.99

CALVIN JOHNSON Lions 2007 SAGE HIT Rookie Card PGI 10
$14.99

2007 Score #351 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions RC Rookie Football Card 2e1
$2.24

2007 Upper Deck #277 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions RC Rookie Football Card 2e1
$11.24

2007 Bowman Chrome BC75 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions RC Rookie Football Card 5a4
$6.25

2007 Upper Deck #277 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions RC Rookie Football Card 2y5
$8.25

2007 National Treasures Calvin Johnson Reebok Logo Patch RC #'ed 10 10
$398.92

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 UPPER DECK HOLO ROOKIE GEM 10 LIONS
$7.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 TOPPS TOTAL ROOKIE GEM 10 LIONS
$7.99

2007 Upper Deck Football Heroes CALVIN JOHNSON Rookie RC Lions #81
$0.99
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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 Autographed Jersey. 100% Authentic
$100.00

Matthew Stafford Autographed 136 150 Class of 2009 (+ BONUS Calvin Johnson)
$29.99

CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED GT GEORGIA TECH JACKETS HONEYCOMB F S HELMET
$499.00

Calvin Johnson Roy Williams Autographed 16x20 Photo COA
$311.99

Calvin Johnson Signed Autographed Detroit Lions 8x10 Photo PSA DNA cert Rare
$135.00

CALVIN JOHNSON Signed DETROIT LIONS 8x10 photo
$85.00

Calvin Johnson Autographed Signed Magazine Page Photo Miami PSA DNA #S40861
$89.00

Calvin Johnson Autographed Signed Magazine Page Photo Miami PSA DNA #S40862
$119.00

Calvin Johnson Autographed Signed Magazine Page Photo Miami PSA DNA #S40860
$89.00

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Signed Autographed 11x14 Photo JSA COA
$200.00

Calvin Johnson Autographed Detroit Lions mini helmet GAI COA
$98.99

Calvin Johnson Signed Georgia Tech Mini Football Helmet - Very Nice!
$10.50

Calvin Johnson Signed Lions 35x43 Custom Framed Jersey (JSA COA)
$499.95

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions NFL Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA
$200.00

Calvin Johnson Signed 8x10 Photo Megatron Detroit Lion Auto
$75.00

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED FRAMED DETROIT LIONS 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA W89076
$174.99
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. Link to my Calvin RC Autograph Collection, not huge but some nice monsters in it!!!

    http://s304.photobucket.com/user/detmegatron81/library/Calvin%20-%20Megatron%20-%20Johnson%20Autos?sort=3&page=1

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