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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Earl Campbell Oilers 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Auto
$50.00
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1979 TOPPS FOOTBALL # 331 EARL CAMPBELL RECORD BREAKER PSA 9 MINT HOF OILERS
$21.99
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1979 Topps Earl Campbell-Houston Oilers Rookie Card #390
$22.99
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2011 Upper Deck University of Texas Longhorns Earl Campbell 057 210
$6.00
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EARL CAMPBELL 1991 COLLEGE CLASSICS SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH AUTO 200
$30.40
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$6.50
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2004 FLEER GREATS EARL CAMPBELL THE GLORY OF THEIR TIME GAME USED
$6.99
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1979 TOPPS EARL CAMPBELL (2) ROOKIES CARD LOT HOUSTON OILERS HALL OF FAME
$5.76
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1979 Topps EARL CAMPBELL Rookie Card - PSA 8 NM-MINT- Houston Oilers- HOF
$69.99
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1979 Topps #390 Earl Campbell RC ( GRADED 7.0 BVG )
$28.99
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2005 Leaf Certified Materials Gold Team Jersey #13 Earl Campbell
$9.99
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1979 Topps Earl Campbell Rookie Card #390 Football Card (6)
$99.99
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2004 Absolute Canton Absolutes Jersey Relic EARL CAMPBELL Houston Oilers 14 50
$14.99
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2007 DONRUSS CLASSICS EARL CAMPBELL JERSEY #82 250
$14.99
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2004 Absolute Canton Absolutes Jersey Relic EARL CAMPBELL Houston Oilers 064 100
$12.99
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Earl Campbell 1982 Marketcom Houston Oilers
$19.99
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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 BLUE HOUSTON OILER'S STAT JERSEY W JSA COA!!!
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Earl Campbell Signed Photo Autograph 16X20 Houston Oilers Tristar Authenticated
$99.99
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Earl Campbell Signed Photo Autograph 16X20 Houston Oilers Tristar Authenticated
$99.99
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Earl Campbell Signed Photo Autograph 16X20 Houston Oilers Tristar Authenticated
$99.99
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EARL CAMPBELL auto signed 1978 Sports Illustrated TEXAS LONGHORNS PSA DNA S30301
$69.99
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EARL CAMPBELL signed 1979 Sports Illustrated auto TEXAS LONGHORNS PSA DNA G32358
$69.99
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Ricky Williams & Earl Campbell signed Texas Longhorns Logo Football - PSA DNA Au
$249.95
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EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED JERSEY FRAMED AUTO "HOF 91" JSA COA OILERS
$599.99
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EARL CAMPBELL TEXAS LONGHORNS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO OILERS JSA WITNESS
$49.00
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OILERS EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTHENTIC 11X14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U23497
$84.99
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Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Signed Autograph White Jersey "HOF 91" JSA W632960
$89.99
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Earl Campbell Texas Longhorns Signed Autograph Jersey "HT 77" JSA W632827
$89.99
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Earl Campbell Ricky Williams Signed Autographed Texas Mini Helmet Heisman JSA
$31.99
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Earl Campbell SIGNED 8x10 Photo + HOF 91 Houston Oilers ITP PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$75.00
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Earl Campbell Texas Longhorns Signed Autograph Jersey "HT 77" JSA W632962
$89.99
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Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Signed Autograph Blue Jersey "HOF 91" JSA W632843
$89.99
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