Justin Upton Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Justin Upton

Date of Birth: 8/25/1987
Rookie Card Year: 2007
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Following a trade to the high-profile Atlanta Braves, Justin Upton cards and memorabilia took a leap. Although one of baseball's most promising young stars, he was somewhat overlooked while playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. But following a trade before the 2013 season began, Justin Upton cards started looking up, just like his on-field fortunes.

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The first overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft, the Diamondbacks took Upton out of high school. Touted as a five-tool talent, the outfielder could hit for average, power, move quickly and play solid defense. It didn't take Upton long to make the majors, debuting for Arizona in August, 2007 while still a teenager.

With the Diamondbacks, Upton was a two-time All-Star and one of the team's most potent offensive weapons. However, outside of a couple of key prospect cards, he failed to fully catch on in the hobby. But a switch to the Atlanta Braves, where he'll play alongside his brother B.J., could provide the necessary spark.

The first mainstream Justin Upton cards are part of 2004 Bowman Draft. He was included in the set's Bowman Chrome AFLAC redemptions as an autograph that's numbered to 125 copies. Extremely rare on the secondary market, it's traded for high amounts since it was released. More common but still very popular is the 2006 Bowman Chrome and 2006 Bowman Sterling Justin Upton autographs. Although technically an insert and not an official rookie cards, it's treated like one by many collectors. The situation is similar with Justin Upton cards in 2006 Bowman Heritage and 2006 Bowman Originals.

Justin Upton rookie cards can be found in 2007 products from Topps and Upper Deck. Most are very reasonably priced, including some low-numbered autographs.

Autographed Justin Upton memorabilia is out there but not in large quantities. Also, the vast majority currently pictures him as a member of the Diamondbacks, which may not be as desirable in the long-term.

Top Justin Upton Rookie and Prospect Cards

2004 Bowman Chrome Draft AFLAC Justin Upton Prospect#JU Autograph #/125

2004 Bowman Chrome AFLAC Justin Upton Autograph Image

While not a true rookie card as it was produced prior to Upton making a big league roster, it is his first certified autograph. Part of the Bowman AFLAC set, it gave collectors notice that Upton was a player on the rise and someone to pay attention to. The card features an on-card signature.

2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Justin Upton #BC223 Autograph

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This is another pre-rookie Justin Upton card that gets considerable attention from collectors. An on-card signature, Chrome technology with black borders make high-grade examples highly desirable.

2007 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Justin Upton RC #162 Autographed Jersey #/199

2007 Exquisite Jusion Upton 260x190 Image

This is the only Justin Upton rookie card to include an autograph and memorabilia combo. Numbered to 199, there are also two parallel versions numbered to 99 and 25. The cards numbered to 25 have patch swatches.

Rookie Cards

Justin Upton Rookie Card Checklist

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Justin Upton 2007 07 Topps Finest Rookie Card #8
$14.99
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2006 Just Minors Just Limited Justin Upton Auto Numbered 49 of 100-Silver Ed.
$6.99
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Justin Upton, 2007 Bowman Gold, Nm.-Mt 8.5
$6.99
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Justin Upton, 2007 Bowman Gold, Nm.-Mt 8
$5.99
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Justin Upton, 2008 Topps Co-Signers, Gem Mint 10
$5.99
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2011 Prime Cuts Materials #25 Justin Upton 199
$6.40
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2006 TRISTAR TRIPLE AUTO ALEX GORDON JUSTIN UPTON ANDREW MILLER#FH-GUM#1 5
$99.99
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2013 TOPPS CHROME B.J. Upton & Justin Upton Die Cut CC Inserts Braves NR
$5.99
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2013 panini prizm JUSTIN UPTON gold refractor SSP # 8 10 his jersey # 8 = 1 1
$75.00
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2012 Topps Tribute Justin Upton Jersey Serial # 74 99
$16.00
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2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection #130 B.J. Upton Justin Upton 95 400 Jersey
$5.60
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2007 Bowman Sterling Refractor #BS-JU Justin Upton Diamondbacks ISA 10 GEM MINT
$24.95
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JUSTIN UPTON 2014 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION JUMBO BAT # 7 35 BRAVES SP
$12.95
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2012 TOPPS FIVE STAR JUSTIN UPTON AUTO JERSEY 43 97 DIAMONDBACKS
$59.99
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2012 NATIONAL TREASURES SIGNATURE MATERIALS JUSTIN UPTON 18 20
$9.95
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2014 Topps Tribute Prime Patches #PPJU Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves 15 24
$44.44
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Autograph Guide

Justin Upton Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Justin Upton's authentic 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, Steiner, Tristar and Sports Card Guaranty. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Justin Upton Cut Signature Exemplar

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Justin Upton Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Justin Upton signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. Signature is signed on a relatively even plane.
  2. The letter "J" features an angled, oval loop which is closed.
  3. The letter "t" is crossed towards the top and sometimes exhibits a loop like a lower-case, cursive "l."
  4. The letter "u" is not easily discernible as it appears lower case, it also contains a loop to start making it resemble more of an "e."
  5. The letter "p" is usually on a severe slant.
  6. The second "t" is crossed more traditionally.
  7. Often the "o-n" are not present.

Justin Upton Signed Baseball

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Justin Upton Signed Photographs

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JUSTIN UPTON AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD ROOKIE AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA SLABBED
$34.99
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JUSTIN UPTON ATLANTA BRAVES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED M.L. BASEBALL JSA COA #G04929
$79.99
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Justin Upton Armando Galarraga Signed Oml Baseball Jsa
$54.99
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Justin Upton Autographed Signed Rawlings Ash Big Stick Bat JSA COA
$95.00
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PSA DNA RookieGRAPH Auto signed Pro BAT JUSTIN UPTON Autograph Braves Rookie BAT
$89.95
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JUSTIN UPTON signed OMLB Baseball Autograph Auto Ball PSA DNA COA Braves
$79.99
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JUSTIN UPTON PSA DNA SIGNED LICENSED AUTHENTICATED ACTION PHOTOGRAPH
$29.99
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BRAVES JUSTIN UPTON SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U50570
$89.99
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Atlanta Braves Justin Upton Signed PSA DNA Rawlings Major League Baseball Auto
$62.99
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JUSTIN UPTON (Atlanta Braves) signed baseball w PSA COA
$79.95
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JUSTIN UPTON BRAVES SIGNED AUTO RAWLINGS BAT ROOKIE GRAPH PSA DNA R52178
$199.95
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JUSTIN UPTON SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS JSA AUTHENTIC
$50.00
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D-BACKS JUSTIN UPTON SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA #S85293
$89.99
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JUSTIN UPTON ATLANTA BRAVES SIGNED RAWLINGS OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #J36615
$79.00
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Justin Upton SIGNED 11x14 Photo Arizona Diamondbacks PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$75.00
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JUSTIN UPTON SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 16X20 PHOTO ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS PSA
$79.99
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