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

2013 Topps Five Star #85 Calvin Johnson 208 - NM-MT
$7.00

2010 Plates & Patches Infinity Gold #31 Calvin Johnson Jr 50 Detroit Lions 0a6
$8.00

2008 Playoff National Treasures #57 Calvin Johnson 99 Detroit Lions Card 3l2
$5.00

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 TOPPS TRIPLE PATCH RC #D 27 GOLD BEAUTIFUL LIONS STAR WR
$91.99

2007 UD Sweet Swatch Megatron 3clr Patch Calvin Johnson 50 Rookie
$19.99

2007 SP Rookie Threads Dual #DRT-JR JaMarcus Russell Calvin Johnson Card 1b9
$27.95

2011 Panini Rookies & Stars Longevity Parallel Gold 49 Calvin Johnson Jr 49 0c6
$9.25

2013 Topps Archives Gold #125 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Football Card 0b2
$8.25

2007 Upper Deck Calvin Johnson Rookie #277 Football PSA 9 Mint
$5.00

2007 Topps TX Exclusive # 103 Calvin Johnson Rookie Card PSA Mint 9
$5.00

2007 TOPPS CHROME CALVIN JOHNSON RC BGS 10 PRISTINE! POP 1 1 HOLY GRAIL ROOKIE!
$399.99

Calvin Johnson CROWN PRIME SP 50 with free shipping !!
$20.00

2007 Donruss Gridiron Gear EA Sports Madden '08 #23 Calvin Johnson Card 4r2
$5.73

2011 Panini Rookies & Stars #49 Calvin Johnson Jr 100 Detroit Lions Card 0b7
$18.25

2015 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Prizms Blue 22 Calvin Johnson 53 75
$5.00

Calvin Johnson Jr. 50 CARD LOT no dups Lions *COMBINE SHIPPING*
$9.99
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Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

Top eBay Listings

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 TOPPS TRIPLE PATCH RC #D 27 GOLD BEAUTIFUL LIONS STAR WR
$91.99

2007 UD Sweet Swatch Megatron 3clr Patch Calvin Johnson 50 Rookie
$19.99

2007 SP Rookie Threads Dual #DRT-JR JaMarcus Russell Calvin Johnson Card 1b9
$27.95

CALVIN JOHNSON ROOKIE 2007 SCORE FOOTBALL CARD DETROIT LIONS RC #351
$0.01

2008 Topps Rookie Progression Gold 95 Calvin Johnson 199 Detroit Lions Card 0c4
$1.60

2008 Topps Rookie Progression Silver #95 Calvin Johnson 299 Detroit Lions 0c4
$1.40

2007 Upper Deck Calvin Johnson Rookie #277 Football PSA 9 Mint
$5.00

2007 Topps TX Exclusive # 103 Calvin Johnson Rookie Card PSA Mint 9
$5.00

2007 TOPPS CHROME CALVIN JOHNSON RC BGS 10 PRISTINE! POP 1 1 HOLY GRAIL ROOKIE!
$399.99

2007 Press Pass Blue Reflectors #63 Calvin Johnson Rookie Football Card 0d8
$1.50

2007 Score Hot Rookie Glossy HR-5 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Football Card 0b5
$4.24

2007 Upper Deck #78 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Rookie Football Card 0g3
$5.99

2007 Donruss Classics School Colors #7 Calvin Johnson Rookie Lions Georgia Tech
$12.00

2008 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives Photo Shoot Flashbacks #29 Calvin Johnson
$0.99

DETROIT LIONS CALVIN JOHNSON 2008 UPPER DECK ICONS ROOKIE CARD
$0.01

2007 Ultimate Collection Calvin Johnson RC Rookie Triple Jersey 25 PSA 9
$46.99
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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 Detroit Lions Signed Autographed 11x14 Photo JSA COA
$200.00

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 GEORGIA TECH SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO DETROIT LIONS COA 100% AUTHENTIC
$69.99

CALVIN JOHNSON GEORGIA TECH SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO DETROIT LIONS COA 100% AUTHENTIC
$69.99

CALVIN JOHNSON LIONS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO
$30.00

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

CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED GT GEORGIA TECH JACKETS F S PROLINE HELMET COA
$599.00

MATT STAFFORD & CALVIN JOHNSON DUAL SIGNED 2014 TOPPS CARD (PROOF) DETROIT LIONS
$29.95

CALVIN JOHNSON autographed 2013 SCORE CARD (PROOF) DETROIT LIONS matt stafford+
$15.95

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED GEORGIA TECH FS HELMET PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED COA
$374.99

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED GEORGIA TECH FULL SIZE HELMET PSA DNA W89058
$399.99

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED GEORGIA TECH FULL SIZE HELMET PSA DNA W89059
$399.99
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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.

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  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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