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 211x300 Image

ebaysmalllogo Image
1913267198104040 1 Image
2000 Throwback Threads Earl Campbell jersey patch - 2 Color
$15.00
3711274241984040 1 Image
2007 Leaf Certified EARL CAMPBELL Fabric of the Game HOUSTON OILERS 14 34 Texas
$19.99
2011708292754040 1 Image
2010 Exquisite Booklet Triple AUTO TIM TEBOW EARL CAMPBELL RC JSY PATCH 10!
$175.00
1605293752984040 1 Image
1979 Topps HOUSTON OILERS Team Set (12) EARL CAMPBELL Rookie BILLY JOHNSON +
$29.95
3013123265724040 1 Image
Earl Campbell 1979 Topps #390 RC graded 5 EX Oilers
$19.99
2011539629224040 1 Image
1979 Topps Earl Campbell Rookie Card RC #390 EX Oilers 16189
$10.75
1912945312054040 1 Image
1979 Topps Earl Campbell Rookie Card RC #390 EX Oilers 16190
$10.75
1912945312084040 1 Image
1979 Topps Earl Campbell Rookie Card RC #390 EX Oilers 16078
$10.75
1912945312094040 1 Image
1979 Topps Earl Campbell Rookie Card RC #390 EX MT Oilers 16081
$13.45
1912945312134040 1 Image
1979 Topps Earl Campbell Rookie Card RC #390 EX MT+ Oilers 16079
$13.45
2011539632124040 1 Image
1979 Topps Earl Campbell Rookie Card RC #390 EX MT Oilers 16077
$13.45
2011539634234040 1 Image
1979 Topps Earl Campbell Rookie Card RC #390 EX MT Oilers 16188
$13.45
3909302238964040 1 Image
Earl Campbell 2004 Fleer Greats #21 # 500 Green Border Houston Oilers Saints
$7.88
87192801674040 1 Image
2005 ABSOLUTE MEMORABILIA MARKS OF FAME EARL CAMPBELL #MF-14 3 150
$12.00
2912419240924040 1 Image
Earl Campbell Game-Used Jersey Relic 2010 Topps Triple Threads 2 9
$19.99
3215212407704040 1 Image
Warren Moon-Earl Campbell 3 jersey card lot Oilers
$12.99
« Previous1234
 Image

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 260x93 Image

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."

Earl Campbell Signed Football Pricing:

Active Listings for Earl Campbell Signed Footballs

Earl Campbell Signed Football 260x163 Image

Earl Campbell Signed Jersey Pricing:

Active Listings for Earl Campbell Signed Jerseys

Earl Campbell Signed Jersey 260x234 Image

Earl Campbell Signed Helmet Pricing:

Active Listings for Earl Campbell Signed Helmets

Earl Campbell Signed Helmet 245x300 Image

Earl Campbell Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Earl Campbell Signed Photographs

Earl Campbell Signed Photo 222x300 Image

ebaysmalllogo Image
4006983674144040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED OILERS GOAL LINE ART CARD GLAC PSA DNA #V23530
$49.00
4006983675724040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED OILERS GOAL LINE ART CARD GLAC PSA DNA #V23529
$49.00
4003340783584040 1 Image
TITANS EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED JSA #E90594
$59.99
2911309238074040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTO TEXAS LONGHORNS MINI HELMET HT 77 JSA AUTOGRAPHED
$64.99
3706436296014040 1 Image
Earl Campbell SIGNED 1979 Topps #390 Rookie Card (RC) Oilers PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$165.00
1714577565234040 1 Image
Earl Campbell #34 Signed Houston Oilers Jersey AUTO Size XL JSA COA HOF
$46.13
3710112696494040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON OILERS #34 M&N THROWBACK JERSEY STEINER
$299.99
4006676872634040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED TEXAS LONGHORNS #20 WHITE WILSON JERSEY TRISTAR
$299.99
3610281309754040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED PSA DNA 1999 UPPER DECK AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$40.00
4007610896844040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTOGRAPH HOUSTON OILERS 8x10 FRAMED PHOTO PSA DNA #W59028
$129.00
1413828483854040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTOGRAPH HOUSTON OILERS 8x10 FRAMED PHOTO PSA DNA #W59034
$129.00
1413828491024040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTOGRAPH HOUSTON OILERS 8x10 FRAMED PHOTO PSA DNA #W35996
$129.00
3610503317004040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL Signed OILERS Mini Helmet AUTOGRAPH w PSA DNA COA RARE AUTO
$119.99
4007611224314040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON OILERS JERSEY JSA #W627373
$149.00
3809802151324040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON OILERS JERSEY JSA #W627372
$149.00
3809802156114040 1 Image
EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON OILERS JERSEY JSA #W627370
$149.00
« Previous1234
 Image

More Info

For general information and player statistics visit:


 |  E-Mail Author | 
Rob Bertrand is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby. He is one of the site's most accomplished writers, as well as the co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio. You can follow him on Twitter @VOTC.

Leave a Comment: