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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2009 (FB) Topps Magic Mini Black #28 Earl Campbell
$7.28
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PRIEST HOLMES 2003 Fleer Tradition Classic Combinations Jersey Earl Campbell
$10.00
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1979 Topps Football #390 Earl Campbell Rookie Card PSA 9
$319.99
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EARL CAMPBELL 2011 UD COLLEGE FOOTBALL LEGENDS NCAA ALL AMERICAN LOT OF 15 !!!
$19.99
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1979 Topps Earl Campbell #390 Psa 8 Oilers
$55.00
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1979 Topps #390 Earl Campbell RC ( GRADED 7.0 BVG )
$29.99
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2005 EXQUISITE COLLECTION GAME-USED JERSEY PATCH EARL CAMPBELL OILERS 6 35
$9.99
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2011 Earl campbell
$9.99
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1999 RICKY WILLIAMS & EARL CAMPBELL BOWMAN'S BEST HEISMAN LEGACY TEXAS LONGHORNS
$15.00
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2009 TOPPS POSTSEASON PATCH EARL CAMPBELL HOF OILERS 1983 PRO BOWL !
$17.99
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2012 Fleer Retro Earl Campbell Playmakers Theatre Serial #'d 65 100 BGS 9.5
$99.99
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2010 In-Hand Etopps "1956 Tribute" Encased #10 Earl Campbell - Oilers Card # 749
$9.95
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2011 Upper Deck #49 EARL CAMPBELL--PSA GEM MINT 10
$15.00
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Earl Campbell 1979 Topps #390 RC graded 5 EX Oilers
$19.99
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2011 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS EARL CAMPBELL 5 10 AUTO JERSEY #TTUAR-17 OILERS
$210.00
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1980 Earl Campbell Driving Force with jacket Texas Longhorns, Houston Oilers
$7.95
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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 "HOF 91" Oilers Signed Jersey with Stats Autographed JSA #J76147
$119.99
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Earl Campbell "HOF 91" Oilers Signed Jersey with Stats Autographed JSA #J76149
$119.99
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Earl Campbell Oilers Signed Full Size Texas Longhorns Replica Helmet JSA W548915
$81.69
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Earl Campbell Signed Goal Line Art Card- PSA DNA
$42.00
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Earl Campbell Signed Autographed Orange Stat Jersey TriStar Authenticated
$31.01
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Earl Campbell Signed Mini Helmet w HOF 91 COA By JSA
$59.00
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Earl Campbell SIGNED 8x10 Photo + HOF 91 Houston Oilers ITP PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$75.00
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Steiner Earl Campbell Signed Texas Longhorns 16x20 Photo
$179.99
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Steiner Earl Campbell Signed Houston Oilers Running White Jersey 16x20 Photo
$179.99
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Steiner Earl Campbell Signed Longhorns Jersey w HOF insc
$359.99
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EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED PSA DNA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$34.00
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EARL CAMPBELL SIGNED GOAL LINE ART CARD FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME TOUGH HOF AUTO JSA
$39.99
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Earl Campbell Signed Oilers Stat Jersey Auto JSA
$31.00
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EARL CAMPBELL AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED HOUSTON OILERS LUV YA BLUE F S HELMET TRISTAR
$199.00
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EARL CAMPBELL auto signed Sports Illustrated TEXAS LONGHORNS PSA DNA Oilers
$49.00
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EARL CAMPBELL (Houston Oilers) signed 1979 Topps ROOKIE PSA DNA card
$99.95
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