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

Top eBay Listings

JUSTIN UPTON 2014 NATIONAL TREASURES AUTO JUMBO JERSEY PATCH SSP #D 32 49
$23.99

2013 MUSEUM PRIMARY PIECES QUAD JUSTIN UPTON 84 99
$15.00

2007 Bowman's Best Gold #71a Justin Upton #06 50 Arizona Diamondbacks
$8.49

(4) 2007 Bowman Draft Justin Upton RC's! Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves OF!
$10.00

2014 Topps Postseason 2013 Justin Upton jersey #D11 100 #PPR-JU *42951
$20.00

2007 BOWMAN JUSTIN UPTON ROOKIE SAN DIEGO PADRES
$14.00

2007 BOWMAN CHROME JUSTIN UPTON MINT ROOKIE SAN DIEGO PADRES
$14.00

(4) 2007 Bowman Draft Gold Justin Upton RC's! Diamondbacks Braves OF!
$15.00

2013 Topps Five Star Autograph Auto Justin Upton # 333 Mint San Diego Padres
$5.00

2014 Topps Tribute Jersey JUSTIN UPTON 2 10 BRAVES (A3L)
$15.00

2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks JUSTIN UPTON Future's Game ROOKIE REFRACTOR! #110
$7.79

PSA - Diamondbacks Justin Upton GJ-JU
$8.00

2007 TRISTAR Elegance #2 Justin Upton
$6.00

JUSTIN UPTON 2006 Bowman Sterling Prospect Auto BGS Beckett GEM MINT 9.5 Card
$75.00

JUSTIN UPTON 2013 TOPPS FIVE STARS SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH AUTO 333
$40.85

2012 Topps Tribute JUSTIN UPTON Autograph On-Card Auto #3 5 RED SSP
$149.99
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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.

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Justin Upton Signed Photographs

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JUSTIN UPTON ATLANTA BRAVES SIGNED RAWLINGS OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #J36615
$79.00

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

JUSTIN UPTON SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 16X20 PHOTO ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS PSA
$79.99

JUSTIN UPTON SIGNED AUTOGRAPH OML BASEBALL *JSA COA* ATLANTA BRAVES
$99.99

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

Justin Upton Arizona Diamondbacks Signed 2010 Allen & Ginter Card JSA Graded
$39.99

Justin Upton Autographed Signed 34” Baseball Bat (JSA)
$119.99

Justin Upton San Diego Padres Signed Rawlings Big Stick Bat JSA st15
$150.00

Justin Upton San Diego Padres Signed Rawlings Big Stick Bat JSA ** LOM ** st15
$150.00

JUSTIN UPTON SAN DIEGO PADRES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #G04927
$89.99

JUSTIN UPTON SAN DIEGO PADRES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #G04926
$89.98

JUSTIN UPTON SAN DIEGO PADRES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #G04922
$89.97

JUSTIN UPTON SAN DIEGO PADRES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #G04924
$89.96

JUSTIN UPTON SAN DIEGO PADRES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #G04928
$89.95

JUSTIN UPTON SAN DIEGO PADRES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #G04921
$89.94

JUSTIN UPTON SAN DIEGO PADRES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #G37172
$89.93
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