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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2012 Finest Calvin Johnson Red Refractor BGS 9.5 Gem Mint #14 25 Lions
$39.99
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2007 UPPER DECK ROOKIE PREMIERE LOT (5) CALVIN JOHNSON
$12.00
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2007 Ultra Calvin Johnson Lucky 13 Gold RC Card Detroit Lions
$25.00
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2007 BOWMAN CHROME CARD NO.BC75 CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE (RC), DETROIT LIONS
$10.79
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$15.00
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2007 Bowman #145 Calvin Johnson Jr RC Rookie Card Lions GT
$6.49
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2013 Topps Chrome Pink Refractor #200 Calvin Johnson Jr. #228 399
$6.10
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2013 Topps Chrome Pink Refractor #200 Calvin Johnson Jr. #055 399
$6.10
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CALVIN JOHNSON 2010 SCORE PRIME JERSEY PATCH SP
$14.99
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2007 Calvin Johnson Rookie card graded Gem Mint 10
$11.25
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CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE CARDS DETROIT LIONS 2007 FLEER ULTRA LUCKY13 #203 $50 BV!!
$37.99
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2007 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives Calvin Johnson Rookie Graded BGS All 9.5 Subs
$32.95
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2007 Calvin Johnson eTopps **Rookie Card** 1999 BGS Grade 7 10
$17.99
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Calvin Johnson 2007 07 Score ATOMIC Rookie card RC
$5.52
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CALVIN JOHNSON RC 2007 Artifacts #161 Detroit Lions
$13.99
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2007 UD CALVIN JOHNSON RC 75 DUAL PREMIER PATCHES LOGO LIONS SUPERSTAR RC HOT
$44.99
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Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

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2007 Ultra Calvin Johnson Lucky 13 Gold RC Card Detroit Lions
$25.00
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2007 BOWMAN CHROME CARD NO.BC75 CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE (RC), DETROIT LIONS
$10.79
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$15.00
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Calvin Johnson 2007 Topps ROOKIE cards Mint condition MEGATRON
$3.97
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Calvin Johnson 2007 Upper Deck rookie exclusive rookie
$0.99
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Calvin Johnson 2007 Score Rookie.
$0.99
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2007 Topps ROOKIE Calvin Johnson # 320 Lions MINT RC
$1.49
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Calvin Johnson 2007 Press Pass Rookie Card x2
$0.99
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2007 Bowman #145 Calvin Johnson Jr RC Rookie Card Lions GT
$6.49
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CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE RC 2007 BOWMAN CHROME #BC75 MINT DETROIT LIONS MEGATRON
$1.49
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2007 Calvin Johnson Rookie card graded Gem Mint 10
$11.25
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CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE CARDS DETROIT LIONS 2007 FLEER ULTRA LUCKY13 #203 $50 BV!!
$37.99
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BLOWOUT SPECIALS - RATED ROOKIE CALVIN JOHNSON jR
$0.19
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2007 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives Calvin Johnson Rookie Graded BGS All 9.5 Subs
$32.95
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2007 Calvin Johnson eTopps **Rookie Card** 1999 BGS Grade 7 10
$17.99
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Calvin Johnson 2007 07 Score ATOMIC Rookie card RC
$5.52
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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:

Active Listings for Calvin Johnson Signed Footballs

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Signed Jersey Pricing:

Active Listings for Calvin Johnson Signed Jerseys

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Signed Helmet Pricing (Full-size and Mini):

Active Listings for Calvin Johnson Signed Helmets

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Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Calvin Johnson Signed Photographs

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CALVIN JOHNSON MATTHEW STAFFORD LIONS SIGNED AUTOGRAPH NFL WILSON FOOTBALL COA
$199.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON LIONS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO
$30.00
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CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED MINI HELMET (GEORGIA TECH)
$70.00
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Calvin Johnson 2007 Upper Deck Football NFL Ink Autographed Auto RC #NFLI-CJ
$190.00
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Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech Autographed 8x10 Detroit Lions Signed COA
$19.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED MINI HELMET # 3 LIONS GA GLOBAL AUTHENTICS
$138.99
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Calvin Johnson Autographed 8x10 detroit Lions COA
$19.99
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Calvin Johnson Signed autographed 8X10 Lions photo
$24.99
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Calvin Johnson Sined Autographed Lions Jersey, AUTO JSA COA (PWCC)
$68.00
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Calvin Johnson signed 8x10 photo Detroit Lions
$80.00
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CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED DETROIT LIONS FULL SIZE HELMET PSA DNA T39004
$499.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED DETROIT LIONS FULL SIZE HELMET PSA DNA T39000
$499.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED DETROIT LIONS FULL SIZE HELMET PSA DNA T39001
$499.99
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2007 CALVIN JOHNSON AUTO,SIGNED ROOKIE CARD 100 PSA GRADED PREMIERE MATERIALS
$149.99
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CALVIN JOHNSON signed 11x14 photo DETROIT LIONS with COA
$199.95
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CALVIN JOHNSON MATTHEW STAFFORD AUTOGRAPHED MINI HELMET LIONS GLOBAL AUTHENTICS
$198.99
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