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

2007 Topps Co-Signers #86 Calvin Johnson Rookie #245 399 Red & Gold Nrmt-Mt
$5.00

2015 DONRUSS #32 CALVIN JOHNSON DOMINATOR #761 999 - DETROIT LIONS
$10.36

2011 Totally Certified CALVIN JOHNSON #3 Green #ed 5 BGS 9.5 Autograph 9 Auto
$150.00

2014 TOPPS #201 CALVIN JOHNSON CAMO GRADED FOOTBALL CARD BGS PSA 9.5 GEM MINT
$24.99

2013 Topps Chrome Blue Wave & Purple REF 112 499 #200 Calvin Johnson B76558
$7.97

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 DONRUSS ELITE ASPIRATIONS # 79 ROOKIE CARD BGS BCCG 10!
$79.99

2010 CLASSICS CALVIN JOHNSON 3-CLR PRIME PATCH AUTO AUTOGRAPH 4 5 BGS 9
$69.99

Calvin Johnson 2007 Topps Chrome Xfractor #TC200 PSA 10 Rookie card
$125.00

Calvin Johnson 2007 Press Pass SE ON-CARD Auto RC #24 25 RARE & Great Condition
$56.00

Calvin Johnson 2007 Topps Rookie Premiere Auto RC BGS Raw 10 Auto 100% REAL
$46.67

2015 Panini Immaculate Acetate Jerseys Calvin Johnson 63 80 Detriot Lions
$15.00

2007 UD Upper Deck Artifacts #161 Calvin Johnson Rookie RC
$5.00

Calvin Johnson "MATERIAL SIGNATURES - RED PRIME" 2-COLOR ROOKIE JERSEY AUTOGRAPH
$43.00

8X 2007 CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE LOT SP TOPPS UPPER DECK SCORE BOWMAN PRESTIGE RC
$6.99

2007 Topps Rc Auto Adrian Peterson Calvin Johnson Ted Ginn Jr. Marshawn Lynch
$199.99

2012 Detroit Lions Sticker Set MATTHEW STAFFORD CALVIN JOHNSON NDAMUKONG SUH
$5.00
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Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

Top eBay Listings

2007 Topps Co-Signers #86 Calvin Johnson Rookie #245 399 Red & Gold Nrmt-Mt
$5.00

Calvin Johnson MEGATRON RC Card 2007 ROOKIE Football Card Topps LIONS
$1.30

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 DONRUSS ELITE ASPIRATIONS # 79 ROOKIE CARD BGS BCCG 10!
$79.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 Topps Finest LIONS ROOKIE CARD Detroit Football NFL $$ RC
$3.50

CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE CARD Topps CHROME DRAFT PICK RC Football Lions $$ 2007 LE
$1.25

Calvin Johnson 2007 Topps Chrome Xfractor #TC200 PSA 10 Rookie card
$125.00

Calvin Johnson 2007 Press Pass SE ON-CARD Auto RC #24 25 RARE & Great Condition
$56.00

Calvin Johnson 2007 Topps Rookie Premiere Auto RC BGS Raw 10 Auto 100% REAL
$46.67

2007 UD Upper Deck Artifacts #161 Calvin Johnson Rookie RC
$5.00

Calvin Johnson "MATERIAL SIGNATURES - RED PRIME" 2-COLOR ROOKIE JERSEY AUTOGRAPH
$43.00

2007 Topps Rc Auto Adrian Peterson Calvin Johnson Ted Ginn Jr. Marshawn Lynch
$199.99

81 99 Calvin Johnson Rookie Pro Jersey # 81 RARE 2007 UD NFL Artifacts Gold SP
$87.64

2007 Playoff NFL Playoffs CALVIN JOHNSON RC MATERIAL SIGNATURES RED PRIME #'d 50
$124.99

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 National Treasures Calvin Johnson Reebok Logo Patch RC #'ed 10 10
$398.92
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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 RIDDELL MINI HELMET COA GA DETROIT LIONS SIGNED
$125.00

CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED DETROIT LIONS JERSEY AASH
$399.44

JSA Matthew Stafford Calvin Johnson Signed Sports Illustrated COA September 2012
$239.99

Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson #81 Hand Signed Autograph 8x10 Photo w COA
$70.00

Calvin Johnson Roy Williams Autographed 16x20 Photo COA
$155.99

CALVIN JOHNSON Signed DETROIT LIONS 8x10 photo
$85.00

CALVIN JOHNSON #81 DETROIT LIONS AUTOGRAPHED MINI HELMET W GAI COA
$84.99

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 JR. MEGATRON - SIGNED New Era Salute to Troops USMC NFL LIONS Hat
$69.99

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

Lions Stud WR Calvin Johnson Autographed 8x10 Photo - GAI
$84.95
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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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