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

2009 Donruss Elite Magic Johnson Kareem Jabbar 499 Chrome Parallel Lakers Lot
$12.99

Magic Johnson Jambalaya 12 21 Fleer Retro 2011-12 2012 Card
$37.23

2012-13 Panini Flawless Greats #14 Magic Johnson Printing Plate Lakers 1 1 HOF
$8.51

MAGIC JOHNSON 2013 LEAF METAL BLUE AUTO AUTOGRAPH #BA-MJ1 25 25
$58.76

1982-83 BASF BASKETBALL MAGIC JOHNSON CARD Los Angeles Lakers EARVIN NrMINT+
$24.99

Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan 1990 Collegiate Collection GEM MINT 10
$50.00

2013 Leaf National Redemption Magic Johnson 1 1 Yellow Printing Plate Auto 1of1
$125.00

Magic Johnson 2013-14 Panini Signatures #215 6 10 SSP
$49.99

1986-87 Fleer Sticker Magic Johnson Card LA Lakers Mint Beauty Psa 10? Bgs 9.5?
$5.00

1991 UPPER DECK MCDONALD'S PARIS #M4 MAGIC JOHNSON HOF PSA 10 K2197705-054
$8.99

2014-15 Totally Certified Mirror Red Die-Cut #116 Magic Johnson # 135 BX 307B
$5.99

1988-89 Fleer Magic Johnson #67
$6.50

1992 UPPER DECK RETIRE #SP1 LARRY BIRD-MAGIC JOHNSON PSA 10 K2250201-150
$54.99

2014 15 Prizm Magic Johnson Red Prizm 49
$15.00

Magic Johnson 2015-16 Gala Headliners Auto #7 8
$46.00

2011 12 Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems Red Magic Johnson PMG 089 150 RARE
$17.99
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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 JOHNSON SIGNED AUTO EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL VIKINGS JERSEY PSA AUTOGRAPHED
$99.00

MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED AUTO LOS ANGELES LAKERS WHITE JERSEY JSA AUTOGRAPHED
$109.00

Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers Signed 8x10 Photo Auto PSA DNA 5A81109
$59.99

Magic Johnson Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Poster JSA Dream Team Lakers
$149.99

Magic Johnson SIGNED 8x10 Photo with Muhamad Ali PSA DNA 3A70249
$59.99

Magic Johnson signed 8x10 photo (PSA DNA authentication)
$39.99

Magic Johnson signed Los Angeles Lakers 16x20 Photo (post up vs Jordan)PSA
$115.00

Magic Johnson signed Michigan State Spartans B&W 16X20 Photo (vs Bird)- PSA
$115.00
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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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