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

2007 National Treasures Calvin Johnson 212x300 Image

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--RC--2007 topps chrome-rookie
$5.99
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2007 TOPPS RED HOT ROOKIE CALVIN JOHNSON CARD # 2 of 15
$12.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON PSA 10 GEM MINT ROOKIE TOPPS FINEST MEGATRON! MVP?
$49.99
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2007 Upper Deck Football Hobby Box Adrian Peterson Calvin Johnson Rookie year
$74.95
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2007 UD PREMIER CALVIN JOHNSON 4 PIECE 3 COLOR ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH 39 50
$239.00
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Calvin Johnson 2007 Finest Blue Refractor BGS 9 Mint 88 299
$59.99
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2007 Topps DPP Calvin Johnson RC Black Chrome Refractor BGS 9.5 GEM MINT Low POP
$45.00
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2007 topps dpp chrome black refractors Calvin Johnson rookie bgs 9
$24.00
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2007Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Graded a 9.5
$10.00
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2007 Upper Deck Football Heroes #FH78 Calvin Johnson
$6.00
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Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Rookie Card Topps Finest Moments #RFM-CJO BRAND NEW
$7.99
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Calvin Johnson LIONS Rookie Lot of (3) 2007 Bowman # 145 Bowman Chrome #BC75
$16.99
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Calvin Johnson Rookie Detroit Lions UD Premier Patches Tripple # PP3-JO 57 99!!!
$24.99
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2007 CALVIN JOHNSON PREMIER PATCHES 2 RC PATCH AUTO # 25 DETROIT LIONS MEGATRON
$259.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON - 2008 Upper Deck MASTERPIECES 2 Color SP 10 50 Detroit Lions
$16.19
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2007 Topps #320 Calvin Johnson RC + 2 Upper Deck RC'S
$10.00
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Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

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CALVIN JOHNSON--RC--2007 topps chrome-rookie
$5.99
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2007 TOPPS RED HOT ROOKIE CALVIN JOHNSON CARD # 2 of 15
$12.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON PSA 10 GEM MINT ROOKIE TOPPS FINEST MEGATRON! MVP?
$49.99
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Calvin Johnson 2007 07 Topps Walmart Red Hot Rookie card RC
$0.99
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Calvin Johnson 2007 Score Rookie Card RC Lions Megatron
$2.49
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Calvin "Megatron" Johnson Rookie Card
$1.99
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2007 UD PREMIER CALVIN JOHNSON 4 PIECE 3 COLOR ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH 39 50
$239.00
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2007 Topps DPP Calvin Johnson RC Black Chrome Refractor BGS 9.5 GEM MINT Low POP
$45.00
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2007 topps dpp chrome black refractors Calvin Johnson rookie bgs 9
$24.00
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2007Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Graded a 9.5
$10.00
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Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Rookie Card Topps Finest Moments #RFM-CJO BRAND NEW
$7.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON DETROIT LIONS 2007 SAGE HIT PLAYMAKERS ROOKIE CARD #61
$1.00
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Calvin Johnson Rookie Detroit Lions UD Premier Patches Tripple # PP3-JO 57 99!!!
$24.99
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2007 CALVIN JOHNSON PREMIER PATCHES 2 RC PATCH AUTO # 25 DETROIT LIONS MEGATRON
$259.99
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2007 Topps Turn Back The Clock # 8 Calvin Johnson Rookie Detroit Lions
$0.50
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2007 Topps #320 Calvin Johnson RC + 2 Upper Deck RC'S
$10.00
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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 Signed autographed 8X10 Lions photo
$24.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED " LIONS" MINI HELMET GLOBAL COA
$75.00
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CALVIN JOHNSON megatron detroit lions signed 11X14 photo PSA DNA 1
$199.95
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CALVIN JOHNSON megatron detroit lions signed 11X14 photo PSA DNA 2
$199.95
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CALVIN JOHNSON signed 11x14 photo DETROIT LIONS with COA
$199.95
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Calvin Johnson Autographed Lions Logo Football -- GAI
$119.95
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Lions Stud WR Calvin Johnson Autographed 8x10 Photo - GAI
$69.95
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Lions Stud WR Calvin Johnson Autographed 8x10 Photo - GAI
$69.95
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Lions Stud WR Calvin Johnson Autographed 8x10 Photo - GAI
$69.95
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CALVIN JOHNSON & MATTHEW STAFFORD HAND SIGNED RAWLINGS TEAM LOGO NFL FOOTBALL
$15.50
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Calvin Johnson signed 8x10 photo. Professionally Framed. DC Sports Hologram.
$179.00
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CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPH SIGNED DETROIT LIONS MINI HELMET GA GAI COA
$189.95
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CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED DETROIT LIONS LOGO FOOTBALL (GA COA)
$210.00
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DETROIT LIONS CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE 10 10 11 SI COA
$169.99
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DETROIT LIONS CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED MEGATRON 11x14 PHOTO W COA 2013 CATCH
$199.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO DETROIT LIONS
$30.00
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