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.

1979 Topps Football Earl Campbell

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EARL CAMPBELL 2009 UD FOOTBALL HEROES GAME USED JERSEY CARD SN 8 15 OILERS HOF
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EARL CAMPBELL-BRUCE SMITH-ISAAC BRUCE-CHUCK HOWLEY GAME USED JERSEY LOT
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WALTER PAYTON EARL CAMPBELL 1979 TOPPS #3 NFL RUSHING LEADERS PSA 8
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2006 Leaf Certified Materials Earl Campbell Fabric of the Game Prime Patch 25
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1979 79 Topps Football #390 Earl Campbell Rookie Card BGS BCCG 9
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1979 Topps Earl Campbell Rookie Really Nice Grade9 = $250 HOF RC Oilers
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2011 EARL CAMPBELL BGS 9.5 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS 2 COLOR PATCH #12 25 *POP1*
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2013 PANINI ELITE #9 EARL CAMPBELL & ADRIAN PETERSON PASSING THE TORCH 3064
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2011 Exquisite Ensemble Auto Earl Campbell Archie Griffin Herschel Walker 12 15
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1979 Topps Earl Campbell RC Rookie BGS 7.5 Houston Oilers
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EARL CAMPBELL ERIC METCALF 2011 UPPER DECK EXQUISITE DUAL AUTOGRAPH TEXAS AUTO
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2010 Triple Threads 3 Color Gold Jersey Patch Earl Campbell 8 9
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1979 Topps Football Team Set - HOUSTON OILERS W EARL CAMPBELL RC
$35.00

1991 Enor Pro Football Hall of Fame Football - Empty Display Box - Earl Campbell
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(2) 1979 Topps Football Wax Packs - Possible EARL CAMPBELL RC ?
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2012 Certified EARL CAMPBELL Fabric of the Game 10 13
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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

Earl Campbell Cut Signature Example

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 Photo

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EARL CAMPBELL TEXAS LONGHORNS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO OILERS JSA WITNESS
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Earl Campbell signed 1979 Topps #390 Rookie card JSA BGS 10 Auto Oilers
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Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Signed Autograph White Jersey "HOF 91" JSA W632935
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Earl Campbell Signed UT Authentic Riddell Full Size Helmet PSA DNA P25340 Texas
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Earl Campbell Signed Houston Oilers Mini Helmet PSA DNA Q29386
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Earl Campbell Signed Oilers Authentic Pro Line Full Size Helmet PSA DNA J02546
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Earl Campbell SIGNED Jersey - Houston Oilers Autographed - JSA Witness - STAT
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Earl Campbell SIGNED Jersey - Texas Longhorns - JSA Witness - STAT w HEISMAN 77
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Earl Campbell SIGNED Jersey - Houston Oilers Autographed - JSA Witness - STAT WT
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Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Signed Autograph Blue Jersey "HOF 91" JSA W632876
$89.99

Earl Campbell SIGNED 8x10 Photo + HOF 91 Houston Oilers ITP PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
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EARL CAMPBELL auto signed 1978 Sports Illustrated TEXAS LONGHORNS PSA DNA S30301
$69.00

EARL CAMPBELL signed 1979 Sports Illustrated auto TEXAS LONGHORNS PSA DNA G32358
$69.00

EARL CAMPBELL OILERS LONGHORNS JSA COA SIGNED AUTOGRAPH BLACK M.L. BASEBALL RARE
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Earl Campbell Nolan Ryan Hakeem Olajuwon Signed 16x20 Photo Steiner Authentic
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Earl Campbell SIGNED 11x14 Photo + HOF 91 Houston Oilers ITP PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
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