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 -- sort of. He was added to the set's Bowman Chrome AFLAC redemptions as an autograph following a redemption mistake. Extremely rare on the secondary market, it's traded for high amounts since it was released. And while it came as a result of a 2004 redemption, the card didn't come out until 2006, following the release of other Justin Upton cards.

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

This card came to being as part of a Topps error. The company issued redemptions for AFLAC sets in 2004 Bowman Draft. After running into some major licensing issues, the sets weren't released for more than a year in 2006. The mistake came with extra Gold Refractor redemptions getting printed. As a make good, Topps gave the collectors the option of the original Gold Refractor set or a set of newly created autographs including this Justin Upton.

2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Justin Upton #BC223 Autograph

2007 Bowman Chrome Justin Upton

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 Justin Upton

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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2010 Topps Black #145 Justin Upton 59 Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Card 0k0
$15.24

2015 Panini Donruss Long Ball Leaders Green 4 Justin Upton 25 Baseball Card 0t6
$10.25

2013 Topps Opening Day #93.2 Justin Upton Atlanta Braves Baseball Card 0h1
$36.99

2014 Panini National Treasures Made in … #29 Justin Upton 25 Auto Card 3n8
$26.25

2013 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor #96 Justin Upton 50 Atlanta Braves Card 0v1
$8.24

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter's #42 Justin Upton Arizona Diamondbacks Card 2v8
$5.25

Alex Rodriguez Justin Upton Dual Autograph 2006 Bowman Chrome Auto 78 174
$150.00

2015 Panini Diamond Kings Blue Framed #83 Justin Upton 99 San Diego Padres 0f8
$5.25

2011 Topps #40 Justin Upton - 50 ct lot of Cards NM-MT
$20.39

2014 Panini National Treasures Colossal Material 19 Justin Upton Jersey Card 99
$9.80

PSA 9 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft USA Futures JUSTIN UPTON (RC) +12 TIGERS RC's
$9.95

2014 Panini Prizm 42 Prizms 35 Justin Upton 42 Atlanta Braves Baseball Card 4t0
$15.25

2015 Topps Heritage High Number Mini #702 Justin Upton 100 San Diego Padres 3e8
$7.15

2012 Topps Heritage #481.1 Justin Upton (Base) Arizona Diamondbacks Card 1j6
$5.25

2007 TRISTAR Autothentics Blue Autographs Autographed #59 Justin Upton Auto 2p7
$12.50

2013 Topps Triple Threads UAJR-JU3 Justin Upton 99 Atlanta Braves Auto Card 2q9
$10.25
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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

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 SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS JSA AUTHENTIC
$40.00

Braves Justin Upton Authentic Signed Game Used Adidas Custom Cleats PSA DNA
$349.99

JUSTIN UPTON SIGNED OFFICIAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA
$65.00

JUSTIN UPTON PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED LICENSED SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN BOX
$39.99

2011 JUSTIN UPTON SIGNED UNDER LOGO - JSA AUTHENTICATED BEAUTY-ADD IT
$225.00

JUSTIN UPTON (Atlanta Braves) signed baseball w PSA COA
$49.95

Justin Upton Signed 2015 All Star Baseball JSA Coa
$80.00

Justin Upton SIGNED 11x14 Photo Arizona Diamondbacks PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$75.00

JUSTIN UPTON SIGNED OML BASEBALL *JSA COA* DETROIT TIGERS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$59.99

JUSTIN UPTON ATLANTA BRAVES SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE OML BASEBALL PSA DNA COA V52601
$99.99

JUSTIN UPTON Signed Detroit Tigers 11x14 Introduction Photo JSA COA N55152
$89.10

Justin Upton Hand Signed OML Baseball JSA #N59773 Detroit Tigers Autograph MLB
$79.99

Justin Upton Hand Signed Pink OML Baseball JSA #N59769 Detroit Tigers Autograph
$79.99

Psa Dna Certified 2006 Midwest League All-Star Justin Upton Signed Rc
$29.99

Kate Upton Signed Official Major League Baseball JSA #Y89551 Justin Verlander GF
$249.99

Kate Upton Signed Official Major League Baseball JSA #Y89550 Justin Verlander
$224.99
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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