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 Panini Rookies & Stars Retail Longevity Blue #68 Calvin Johnson Card 0d8
$5.00

2015 Panini Rookies & Stars #EP4 Ameer Abdullah Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions 0f5
$5.25

2015 Panini Spectra Neon Green #22 Calvin Johnson 25 Detroit Lions Card 0f8
$15.25

2015 Panini Spectra #22 Calvin Johnson 99 Detroit Lions Football Card 0f8
$6.24

2015 Panini Spectra Neon Blue Die-Cut #22 Calvin Johnson 35 Detroit Lions 1j6
$9.25

2015 Topps Inception Red #45 Calvin Johnson 75 Detroit Lions Football Card 0c6
$6.25

2014 Bowman Chrome Pulsar Refractor #75 Calvin Johnson 271 Detroit Lions 0c6
$10.25

2008 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Blue #43 Calvin Johnson 50 Card 2e1
$6.24

2011 Topps Five Star #122 Calvin Johnson 129 Detroit Lions Football Card 0m0
$9.24

2007 Playoff #2 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Rookie Football Card 0m0
$5.25

2007 Upper Deck #277 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions RC Rookie Football Card 1j6
$15.25

2014 graded 10 SP Variation Calvin Johnson #98 Topps Chrome
$8.50

2012 Topps Chrome Black Refractor 115 Calvin Johnson 299 Detroit Lions Card 1u5
$5.25

2015 National Treasures Multi Sport Calvin Johnson Ruby Card #'d-15 Georgia Tech
$50.00

2013 Topps 1959 Topps Mini 71 Calvin Johnson Jr. PSA 9 Mint
$17.99

2014 Panini Contenders #10 Calvin Johnson Matthew Stafford 99 Detroit Lions 1j6
$5.25
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Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

Top eBay Listings

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 UPPER DECK Rookie Premiere #15 ROOKIE CARD RC Detroit LIONS
$0.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 Sage ASPIRE #12 ROOKIE CARD RC Detroit LIONS Football WR !
$0.99

2007 SAGE Decadence #2 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Rookie Football Card 0c5
$1.30

2007 Playoff #2 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Rookie Football Card 0m0
$5.25

2007 Upper Deck #277 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions RC Rookie Football Card 1j6
$15.25

2007 Press Pass Legends Silver S-24 Calvin Johnson 499 Rookie Football Card 1j6
$9.25

2007 UPPERDECK RC CALVIN JOHNSON STAR ROOKIE NFL FOOTBALL CARD # 277 LIONS
$2.99

Calvin Johnson 2007 press pass power pick rookie
$0.99

2007 Topps Total #475 Calvin Johnson RC - NM-MT
$2.61

2007 bowman draft day sel relics #djcj CALVIN JOHNSON jsy rookie BGS 9.5 pop 1
$80.00

2007 UD CALVIN JOHNSON RC 40 75 DUAL PREMIER PATCHES LOGO LIONS STAR RC GOLD
$22.99

National Treasures Devonta Freeman RC Calvin Johnson Foster Matt Ryan Auto Patch
$12.50

2007 Topps Draft Picks & Prospects 132 Calvin Johnson Rookie
$2.99

2007 SP Rookie Threads Dual #DRT-JR JaMarcus Russell Calvin Johnson Card 1u5
$20.25

2007 Score #351 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions RC Rookie Football Card 0f8
$2.02

2007 Bowman #145 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Buffalo Bills RC Football Card 2l4
$1.50
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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

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

Detroit Lions CALVIN JOHNSON Signed 16x20
$199.99

CALVIN JOHNSON signed DETROIT LIONS Jersey COA
$549.95

JSA Matthew Stafford Calvin Johnson Signed Sports Illustrated COA September 2012
$299.99

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 Detroit Lions Signed Autographed 11x14 Photo JSA COA
$200.00

Calvin Johnson Autographed Detroit Lions mini helmet GAI COA
$98.99

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

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED FRAMED DETROIT LIONS 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA W89076
$174.99

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED & FRAMED DETROIT LIONS 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA W89077
$174.99

Calvin Johnson signed print #3 10 Detroit Lions Rare!
$15.99

CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS 16x20 PHOTO JSA
$199.00

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS 16x20 PHOTO JSA
$199.00

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED GEORGIA TECH RAMBLIN WRECK 16x20 PHOTO JSA
$199.00
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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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