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 2009 UPPER DECK FOOTBALL HEROES #99 13 99
$7.95

2007 Playoff Prestige #163 Calvin Johnson RC PSA 8.5
$14.99

Calvin Johnson, 2007 Upper Deck Rookie!!! Gem Mt. 10
$13.94

Calvin Johnson 2007 SPX Gold Game Used Jersey #04 10
$75.00

Calvin Johnson Rookie RC Numbered 9 Card Lot Free Shipping nfl megatron
$27.00

Calvin Johnson 2007 Press Pass Primetime Players
$7.50

Calvin Johnson 2007 Playoff Prestige NFL Draft
$10.00

Calvin Johnson 2007 Press Pass SE Insider Insight
$5.00

Calvin Johnson 2007 Upper Deck RC
$6.00

2007 UD FB HEROES 3 DIF CALVIN JOHNSON + 4 CT LEAF ROOKIES STARS STUDIO
$18.49

2012 panini FATHERS DAY silver pack CALVIN JOHNSON ssp AUTO # 1 1
$999.00

Calvin Johnson 2007 Leaf Materials Freshman Fabric RC Jersey Patch #234 719 849
$19.99

2007 SPx Freshman Tandems 3 Jerseys Calvin Johnson Robert Meachem Ted Ginn Jr.
$33.99

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Mini Helmet Card Display Collectible WR Auto
$7.99

2007 TOPPS CARD NO 320 CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE CARD (RC), DETROIT LIONS
$6.39

2007 TOPPS CARD DP &P NO 132 CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE, DETROIT LIONS
$6.39
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Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

Top eBay Listings

2007 Playoff Prestige #163 Calvin Johnson RC PSA 8.5
$14.99

Calvin Johnson, 2007 Upper Deck Rookie!!! Gem Mt. 10
$13.94

2007 Topps Total #475 Calvin Johnson RC - NM-MT
$2.50

Calvin Johnson 2007 Upper Deck RC
$6.00

Calvin Johnson 2007 Leaf Materials Freshman Fabric RC Jersey Patch #234 719 849
$19.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 UPPER DECK HEROES ROOKIE LIONS RC #79
$3.99

2007 TOPPS CARD NO 320 CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE CARD (RC), DETROIT LIONS
$6.39

2007 TOPPS CARD DP &P NO 132 CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE, DETROIT LIONS
$6.39

2007 Calvin Johnson Upper Deck Star Rookie Football Trading Card #277
$9.99

CALVIN JOHNSON Lions 2007 Score Rookie Card #351 SP RC MINT 10 Available !!
$3.00

CALVIN JOHNSON Lions 2007 Bowman Rookie Card #145 SP RC
$4.49

CALVIN JOHNSON Lions 2007 Topps Exclusive Rookie Card #2 WHITE SP RC 5 Avail.
$5.99

CALVIN JOHNSON Lions 2007 Press Pass SE Rookie Card #7 SP RC 4 Available
$2.24

CALVIN JOHNSON Lions 2007 Topps "RED HOT ROOKIE" #2 Rookie Insert SP RC Mint
$2.99

CALVIN JOHNSON Lions 2007 Sage HIT Rookie Card #61 10 Available
$1.87

CALVIN JOHNSON Lions 2007 Press Pass SE GOLD Rookie Card #R7 SP RC
$4.50
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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

Framed Calvin Johnson Signed Detroit Lions Photo 16x20 SM JSA Certified
$309.98

Framed Calvin Johnson Autographed Detroit Lions Photo 16x20 JSA Certified
$309.98

2007 07 Exquisite Calvin Johnson 4 color autographed patch BGS 9 w 2 9.5 subs
$1,799.99

Calvin Johnson Signed 8x10 Photo Detroit Lions Autographed NFL JSA
$109.00

Calvin Johnson Signed 8x10 Photo Detroit Lions Autographed NFL PSA
$119.00

Calvin Johnson Signed autographed 8X10 Lions photo
$29.99

I1-79 04 Georgia Tech Jackets TEAM SIGNED Helmet Calvin Johnson Chan Gailey NFL!
$849.95

Calvin Johnson Framed Jersey Signed PSA DNA Autographed Detroit Lions Megatron
$799.99

Calvin Johnson Autographed Mini Helmet GAI COA
$40.00

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

Calvin Johnson Autographed Detroit Lions 8x10 Photo GAI COA
$62.99

Calvin Johnson Autographed Georgia Tech Yellowjackets Jersey GAI COA
$224.99

Calvin Johnson Autographed Georgia Tech Yellowjackets Jersey GAI COA
$224.99

Calvin Johnson Autographed Georgia Tech Yellowjackets Jersey GAI COA
$224.99

Calvin Johnson Autographed Detroit Lions mini helmet GAI COA
$125.99

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