Magic Johnson Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Magic Johnson

Date of Birth: 8/14/1959
Rookie Card Year: 1980-81
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Earvin "Magic" Johnson was one of the first true basketball superstars. His college and pro battles with Larry Bird combined with his individual and team success with the "Showtime" era of Los Angeles Lakers, made him one of the most popular basketball players of the last few decades. Because of this, Magic Johnson cards and memorabilia are among the top retired player options for basketball collectors.

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Magic Johnson played college basketball for Michigan State and quickly developed a fierce rivalry with Larry Bird and Indiana State. Johnson would take MSU to the NCAA title in 1979 and declared for the draft soon after. The Los Angeles Lakers made him the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft.

While the effects of HIV robbed him of the end of his career, Johnson still put up Hall of Fame numbers. He was a 12-time All-Star, two-time All-Star MVP, three-time regular season MVP, five-time NBA Champion and three time NBA Finals MVP. He also won a gold medal with the original Dream Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Although Johnson retired following the 1990-91 season, he returned to the Lakers, first as a coach at the end of  the 1993-94 season, and then as a player for a portion of the 1995-96 season. He retired for good after the Lakers were bounced in the first round of the playoffs. Magic Johnson was named a member of the 50th NBA Anniversary All-Time Team and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

In terms of card collecting, Magic Johnson ranks high on the list of former players. His instant recognition and continued affiliation with the NBA, as well as his ownership role with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has kept him in the forefront.

Magic Johnson Cards

1980-81 Topps Basketball #6 - #34 Larry Bird RC, #174 Julius Erving, Magic Johnson RC #139

One of the top rookie cards of in the history of basketball collecting, the 1980-81 Topps rookie card also happens to include the rookie card for Larry Bird, with Julius Erving in the middle. This trio provides a Hall of Fame experience that few rookie cards can match.

Collectors are not just limited to this pricey rookie card, as three other multi-player cards found in 1980-81 Topps feature Magic Johnson, including:

The final card is the most appealing, as it features two-thirds of the main rookie and includes the same images and spots for Johnson and Julius Erving.

 

Top eBay Listings

Magic Johnson 2013 Upper Deck All Time Greats Auto 18 50 BGS 9 Mint
$36.00

MAGIC JOHNSON-2013 UD All Time Greats (#8 50) AUTO AUTOGRAPH GEM-MINT?
$74.89

1991 UD NBA Magic Johnson LA Lakers Card #57 PSA 8.5
$11.95

1991 MAGIC JOHNSON SPORTS IMPRESSIONS PLATE + 5 BSJ + +5 JERSEY PROMO+ MST +FAC
$18.95

1991 MAGIC JOHNSON SPORTS IMPRESSIONS PLATE + 5 BSJ + 1988 LINEUP +5 JERSEY PROM
$21.02

5 DIF 1991 HOOPS PROTOTYPES W OAKLEY + 1992 HOOPS PROMO SET W MAGIC JOHNSON
$16.34

2007 FINEST #43 MAGIC JOHNSON HOF POP 5 PSA 10 K2004069-192
$8.99

MAGIC JOHNSON 1981 TOPPS #21 GRADED GEM MINT 10!
$24.99

1990 Star Company Platinum Promo Lakers Magic Johnson mint card 1 200
$100.00

1983-84 Star #13 Magic Johnson SP BGS 7 w 6 9 9.5 9.5
$36.99

Magic Johnson Rookie card and 2nd Year card lot nmt mt
$25.00

2013-14 Panini Prizms Red White & Blue Mosaic 242 Magic Johnson BGS GEM MINT 9.5
$32.49

2012-13 Panini Crusade Purple #104 Magic Johnson 49 BGS MINT 9.5
$67.69

2013-14 Panini Prizms Red White & Blue Mosaic #242 Magic Johnson BGS MINT 9
$18.95

2013-14 EXQUISITE BILL RUSSELL MAGIC JOHNSON ENSHRINEMENTS DUAL SIGNATURES 4 15
$159.00

1988-89 Fleer #67 Magic Johnson E0978
$9.88
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Autograph Guide

Magic Johnson Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Magic Johnson'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. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories, to name a few.

Magic Johnson Cut Signature Exemplar

Magic Johnson Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Magic Johnson signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature beings with a large "M" that transitions into a third hump with a line to showcase an uppercase "A".
  2. The line from the "A" continues to form the "G", although it more resembles a large uppercase "P".
  3. From there, the signature reverts to cursive, finishing with a lowercase "i-c". The "i" is not dotted.
  4. The last name is greatly shortened and can resemble a large cursive "U" or "J-e".

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Top eBay Listings

Magic Earvin Johnson Auto Signed LA Lakers Stats Jersey -Ltd Ed 25 of 32 JSA COA
$169.00

Magic Johnson Hand Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Sky Hook Suede Mat PSA DNA
$139.99

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Hand Signed Autographed 16x20 Photo Framed Retire PSA
$299.99

Magic Johnson Hand Signed Autographed 9x11 Program Framed Magic Weekend PSA COA
$129.99

Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Signed Autographed 16x20 Photo JSA Authenticated #1
$289.99

Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Signed Autographed 16x20 Photo JSA Authenticated #2
$289.99

Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Signed Autographed 16x20 Photo JSA Authenticated #3
$289.99

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKERS SIGNED AUTO 8X10 PHOTO W MICHAEL JORDAN PSA ITP
$69.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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