Earl Campbell Cards, Rookie Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Earl Campbell

Date of Birth: 3/29/1955
Rookie Card Year: 1979
Investment Rating: 5.0 (Average)


Earl Campbell was selected out of the University of Texas at Austin as the number one overall pick by the Houston Oilers in the 1978 NFL Draft. He was powerful and compact runner who was happy to punish would-be tacklers when given the chance. Earl Campbell cards and memorabilia have a strong following with a large number of collectors.

Campbell's NFL career was limited to just eight years after suffering from multiple injuries. He has the unique distinction of being one of only three players to win a Heisman Trophy, be the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft and be elected to both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. O.J. Simpson and Paul Hornung are the other two.

Despite the abbreviated career, the 1978 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year amassed an impressive resume of statistics and accolades: 1979 AP NFL MVP, five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All Pro player. Campbell accumulated 9,407 rushing yards on 2,187 attempts and 74 touchdowns.

Earl Campbell football card collectors have just one rookie card to track down: 1979 Topps Football #390. His signature is available on the secondary market but, because of health issues, not to the degree of other living Hall of Famers. Numerous surgeries and ailments have sidelined his post-retirement career and limited his appearance at autograph signings and memorabilia shows.

Earl Campbell Rookie Cards

1979 Topps Football Earl Campbell RC #390

His only rookie card, Campbell is pictured in a close-up shot that shows his massive upper body. The clay card stock and white borders are prone to edge wear and print dots. As a result, high grades of this card can command four figures. A variation of the card with a cream-colored back also exists, most likely the result of an error in the printing process.

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1979 TOPPS EARL CAMPBELL ROOKIE GEM 10 BEAUTIFUL
$59.00
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2006 Topps DDP Football #DPA-EC EARL CAMPBELL Auto Autographed #11 50 Houston
$99.95
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1979 TOPPS #331 EARL CAMPBELL RECORD BREAKER RC HOF PSA 9 F1744764-764
$23.99
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2006 Leaf Certified Materials Earl Campbell Fabric of the Game Prime Patch 25
$34.95
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1979 Topps Football #390 Earl Campbell Rookie Card BGS BCCG 9
$59.99
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1979 topps #390 EARL CAMPBELL oilers rookie BGS BCCG 9
$40.00
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1979 Topps EARL CAMPBELL RC #390 PSA 9 OC
$79.00
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1979 TOPPS EARL CAMPBELL #390 PSA 6
$24.00
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1979 TOPPS FOOTBALL # 331 EARL CAMPBELL RECORD BREAKER PSA 9 MINT HOF OILERS
$22.99
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1979 TOPPS FOOTBALL # 331 EARL CAMPBELL RECORD BREAKER PSA 8 NM-MT HOF OILERS
$12.99
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1979 Topps 2 Wax Packs Possible EARL CAMPBELL Gem Mint Rookie
$24.95
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1979 TOPPS FOOTBALL "EARL CAMPBELL" ROOKIE CARD
$30.00
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2008 NATIONAL TREASURES EARL CAMPBELL AUTO #D 25 CHAMPIONS 3 COLOR PATCH LOGO !
$89.99
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2005 legendary signature Earl Campbell short print
$49.99
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2014 UD SPx Winning Big Materials Jersey Earl Campbell
$5.99
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Earl Campbell 2012 Exquisite Collection #30 85
$10.00
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Autograph Guide

Earl Campbell Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what an authentic Earl Campbell signature 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, Upper Deck Authentic and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Earl Campbell Cut Signature Exemplar

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Earl Campbell Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Earl Campbell signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Earl Campbell Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is written at an upward angle of about 35 degrees.
  2. The pen flows quickly with no stops and starts.
  3. The letter "E" is over-sized and pronounced with a small vertical tail at the top.
  4. Though small, the letters "e-a-r" are visible.
  5. The letter "l" is clearly defined in standard cursive.
  6. The letter "C" is also over-sized and has an angular, versus rounded style, the bottom portion of the letter is used to underline the remaining letters of the last name.
  7. The pen lifts and the letters "a-m-b" are discernible.
  8. The remaining letters are indistinguishable and resemble a letter "w."

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Earl Campbell Signed Goal Line Art GLAC Autographed Oilers PSA DNA U26603
$39.95
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EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED HOUSTON OILERS FOOTBALL JERSEY - TEXAS LONGHORNS - JSA
$74.95
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Earl Campbell signed autograph auto 2x3 cut Heisman Trophy Winner PSA Slabbed
$55.00
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Earl Campbell Signed Auto Sports Illustrated 1978 Rookie JSA HOF Houston Oilers
$59.99
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Earl Campbell Ricky Williams Signed Longhorns Football TRISTAR Authenticated
$119.99
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Earl Campbell Ricky Williams dual Signed 16X20 Photo TRISTAR Authenticated
$99.99
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Earl Campbell 2005 Topps All American #11 signed autograph auto Card PSA Slabbed
$65.00
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Earl Campbell signed Oilers Stitched Jersey Autograph auto JSA cert. w insc
$5.61
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Earl Campbell signed Oilers Stitched Jersey Autograph auto JSA cert. w insc
$5.61
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Ricky Williams & Earl Campbell signed Texas Longhorns Logo Football - Tristar Au
$229.95
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EARL CAMPBELL PSA DNA SIGNED 2009 TOPPS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$39.00
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EARL CAMPBELL RICKY WILLIAMS VINCE COLT SIGNED TEXAS LONGHORNS 16X20 PHOTO JSA
$399.44
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EARL CAMPBELL AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED SERIES 3 GOAL LINE ART HOUSTON OILERS PSA DNA
$44.99
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Steiner Sport Earl Campbell Signed Houston Oiler 1981-1996 Replica Helmet-HOF 91
$429.98
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Steiner Sport Earl Campbell Signed Houston Oiler '81-'96 Authentic Helmet-HOF 91
$729.98
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EARL CAMPBELL HAND SIGNED HOUSTON OILERS FULL SIZE HELMET HOF 91 PSA DNA
$299.99
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