Walter Johnson Cards and Autograph Guide

Walter Johnson

Date of Birth: 11/6/1887
Rookie Card Year: N/A
Investment Rating: 10.0 (Exceptional)


Player Profile

Walter Johnson, nicknamed "The Big Train," was as dominant a pitcher as the game has ever seen. As such, his vintage baseball cards and autographed memorabilia command huge sums of money on the secondary market.

Johnson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 as part of its inaugural class. His resume and statistics are jaw-dropping and reflect the reason why he is still revered in the hobby today. He retired with 417 wins, 531 complete games, 110 shutouts, a staggering 2.17 ERA and 3,508 career strikeouts. In addition to this impressive list of statistics, Johnson is a World Series champion (1924), two-time AL MVP (1913,1924) and three-time pitching Triple Crown winner (1913, 1918, 1924). Johnson played his entire 21-year career with the Washington Senators.

Early Walter Johnson Cards

As one might expect, Johnson has numerous trading cards issued through traditional means of the time period. These include tobacco, candy, caramel and strip cards. Johnson's first three cataloged cards are actually postcards: 1901 Weiser Wonder, 1907 Novelty Cutlery and 1908 Rose. The most recognizable early Walter Johnson cards are found in 1909 T204 Ramly and 1909 T206, in which he has 23 different cards. While Johnson has both a pitching and portrait card in the set, the remaining cards are all back variations used to advertise one of several tobacco brands.

1901-1907 Weiser Wonder Postcard Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson Weiser Wonder Postcard

Among collectors of the dead-ball era, there has been debate about the specific year of origin of this postcard. While most attribute it as being from 1901, many believe it was specific to 1907. The standard-sized postcard shows a full framed photograph of a young Walter Johnson in a slight sepia tone coloring.

Top eBay Listings

1961 Fleer #49 Walter Johnson PSA 7 NM 565
$19.99

1973 TOPPS #478 WALTER JOHNSON PSA 8 NICELY CENTERED *17314
$49.00

1949 Leaf Premiums Walter Johnson PSA 3
$299.99

2004 04 Sweet Spot WALTER JOHNSON Legendary Patch HOF #d047 200
$8.00

1961 NU-CARD #440 WALTER JOHNSON EX *183097
$6.00

WALTER JOHNSON 1940 PLAY BALL #120 - SENATORS Original
$29.88

1976 TOPPS OPC O PEE CHEE BASEBALL 349 WALTER JOHNSON NM ALL TIME ALL STAR CARD
$15.99

UPC#00089 WALTER JOHNSON Original Gypsy Oak Art on 1921 Washington DC Post Card
$20.77

1961 NU-CARD SCOOPS #440 WALTER JOHNSON PSA 8 B2011403-061
$16.99

1976 Topps #349 Walter Johnson ATG - NM
$5.00

1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders - Walter Johnson & Gabby Street - PSA 5 -- HoF
$550.00

1909 T206 WALTER JOHNSON PORTRAIT SGC 10 Sweet Caporal #30
$219.50

1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pins P2 #72B Walter Johnson Large Lett EX Senators A12269
$275.00

1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pins P2 #72A Walter Johnson Small Lett EX Senators A12314
$225.00

Walter Johnson 1987 Baseball Card Engagement Book w 1914 Cracker Jack
$5.99

Walter Johnson Wood 1988 Macmillan Baseball Engagement Calendar Photo Print Card
$5.99
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Key Cards

Top Walter Johnson Cards

1909 Ramly T204 Walter Johnson #60

1909 Ramly T204 Walter Johnson

Designated as T204 in the American Card Catalog, this early tobacco series measures 2" by 2 1/2". There is a total of 127 cards in the set. All of the cards feature the pictured oval framed design with the gold border and leafing.

1909 T206 Walter Johnson #s 235, 236

1909 T206 Walter Johnson Pitching #235  1909 T206 Walter Johnson Portrait #236

Walter Johnson has a total of two different images in the 1909 T206 set. Number 235 pictures him with a glove and is often referred to as the Pitching versions. Number 236 is called the Portrait version. When you factor in back variations, Johnson has 23 total cards in the set. Backs include: American Beauty, Broad Leaf, Cycle, Black Lenox, Brown Lenox, Brown Hindu, Drum, Old Mill, El Principe de Gales, Sweet Caporal, Piedmont, Factory 42, Red Hindu, Polar Bear, UZIT, Sovereign and Tolstoi. There are a total of 524 different numbered cards in the T206 set, each measuring 1 7/16" by 2-5/8".

1910 Turkey Red Walter Johnson #99

1910 Turkey Red Walter Johnson

Considered by many vintage collectors to be the most beautiful baseball card set of all time, the 1910 Turkey Red cabinet cards feature stunning artwork with vibrant colors. Designated as T3's in the American Card Catalog, these over-sized pieces measure 5 3/4" by 8". The set has 131 cards.

1911 T205 Gold Borders Walter Johnson #103

1911 T205 Gold Borders Walter Johnson #103

While the T205 set has always played second fiddle to it's T206 cousin, there is no denying that the Gold Border cards are one of the most attractive traditional tobacco-sized baseball cards sets ever produced. The player portrait is inset in a diamond against the red background. Combined with the evergreen and gold coloring, they form truly stunning pieces of miniaturized art.

1914 Cracker Jack Walter Johnson #57

1914 Cracker Jack Walter Johnson #57

1914 Cracker Jack is one of the few cards that depicts Walter Johnson in an action pose. The bright red background is instantly recognizable to collectors and has always been a vintage favorite. The cards measure 2 1/4" by 3".

Modern Cards

1999 SP Legendary Cuts Cut Signatures Walter Johnson #W 1/1

1999 Upper Deck Century Legends Legendary Cuts Walter Johnson #WJ 1/1

Walter Johnson's first modern cut signature, autograph cards, were released in two products manufactured by Upper Deck in 1999. Each of the above cards listed are 1-of-1's.

2011 Prime Cuts Baseball Walter Johnson

2011 Prime Cuts Baseball features the first Walter Johnson memorabilia cards. The product has four different cards that come with a small piece of ball leather alleged to have been used by Johnson in an official game. To date, Walter Johnson has never had a uniform-based relic or memorabilia card included in a set.

2012 Panini National Treasures Walter Johnson

2012 NT Walter Johnson

As a follow-up to their 2011 Prime Cuts offering, 2012 Panini National Treasures has nine different Walter Johnson memorabilia cards. They all feature a piece of leather from a game-used ball. None have print runs higher than five. Combining the print runs of all the cards, there is a total of 20 Walter Johnson memorabilia cards in 2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball.

Top eBay Listings

1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pins P2 #72B Walter Johnson Large Lett EX Senators A12269
$275.00

1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pins P2 #72A Walter Johnson Small Lett EX Senators A12314
$225.00

1921 Walter Johnson Exhibit Card Rare hard to find card! The Big Train HOF
$439.99

2015 Leaf Executive WALTER JOHNSON CUT AUTO 1 OF 1 AUTOGRAPH Senators
$3,499.95

1912 T207 Recruit WALTER JOHNSON Washington HOF Presents VG
$424.99

1911 T205 Sweet Caporal WALTER JOHNSON HOF Washington PR FR
$199.99

1921 W551 WALTER JOHNSON (HOF): EX MT - NM
$135.00

T206 Walter Johnson Old Mill Glove Showing
$725.00

T 205 reprints (18) gold border HOF Ty Cobb,Cy Young,Walter Johnson. ( 50 SETS)
$100.00

1950 R423 13 MINI BASEBALL CARD STRIP LOU GEHRIG WALTER JOHNSON RARE INTACT
$250.00

1937 Kellogg's Pep Stamp Album 27 Stamps Paul Waner Medwick Walter Johnson Hagen
$279.00

Commissioned Hand Painted Baseball Ty Cobb Cracker Jack 1915 T206 Walter Johnson
$275.00

1949 LEAF PREMIUM WALTER JOHNSON
$410.00

1925 Walter Johnson Baseball Game Metallic Disk Token Lot of (2)
$50.00

WALTER JOHNSON T206-Helmar #24 Modern Art Baseball Card WASHINGTON SENATORS HOF
$100.00

1922 W575-1 GASSLER'S AMERICAN-MAID BREAD WALTER JOHNSON
$2,000.00
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Autograph Guide

Walter Johnson Autograph Guide

When looking to purchase authentic autographed memorabilia from legendary and long deceased players like Walter Johnson, great caution is urged. The Cardboard Connection only recommends buying authenticated Walter Johnson signature autographs from one of the reputable authenticationservices in the industry, PSA or JSA. The most common items found to be authentically signed by Walter Johnson include checks and personal documents. Cut signature trading cards from manufactures like Topps, Leaf, Tristar and Upper Deck should also be considered legitimate.

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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