Calvin Johnson Football Cards: Rookie Cards Checklist and Buying Guide

Calvin Johnson

Date of Birth: 9/25/1985
Rookie Card Year: 2007
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Calvin Johnson is on pace to become one of football's greatest receivers of all-time. And Calvin Johnson cards? They're pretty hot too.

After dominating ACC competition playing for Georgia Tech, Calvin Johnson was selected as the second overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2007 NFL Draft. A naturally gifted athlete that combines size, strength, and speed, he is a cornerback's worst nightmare. The two-time All-American was the recipient of both the Fred Bilentikoff Award and the Paul Warfield Trophy in 2006 as the best collegiate wide receiver in the country.

Johnson has the rare talent to create separation from a defender and create his own openings. His ability to out-leap defenders has made him a perfect red-zone weapon in both college and pro ball. Already a Pro Bowler, the future is bright for this extremely gifted receiver. This came to fruition in 2012 when Johnson broke Jerry Rice's record for most receiving yards in a single season.

All of Johnson's rookie cards come from 2007 products, many of which feature autographs and memorabilia swatches. The remaining cards are traditional base football cards, some of which are serial numbered. This means Calvin Johnson rookie cards are available to collectors of all budgets.

Top Calvin Johnson Rookie Cards

2007 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Calvin Johnson RC #130 Autographed Patch #/99

2007 UD Exquisite Collection Calvin Johnson

The definitive high-end Calvin Johnson rookie card is, without a doubt, his 2007 Upper Deck Exquisite card. It features a posed action photograph, a large memorabilia jersey swatch, an on-card autograph and is limited to only 99 copies.

2007 Playoff National Treasures Calvin Johnson RC #107 Autographed Jersey #/99

2007 National Treasures Calvin Johnson

This is another high-end Calvin Johnson rookie card that carries top-dollar on the secondary market. Also limited to just 99 copies, the vertical layout is a nice contrast to the Exquisite. Also featuring a large jersey swatch, often a patch, and an on-card signature, the photograph used is from a game day.

2007 SPx Calvin Johnson RC #220 Autographed Jersey #/299

2007 SPx Calvin Johnson

Picking a third card to round out the Top 3 Calvin Johnson rookie cards is certainly up for debate. He has several additional autographed memorabilia cards to choose from, some of which are more limited. However, SPx gets our vote for thanks to a classic design and the brand's loyal following. Limited to 299 serial numbered copies, the sticker autograph, while unfortunate, doesn't detract from the card's aesthetic value.

Top eBay Listings

2007 National Treasures Calvin Johnson GOLD auto patch RC 25
$399.99

Calvin Johnson ROOKIE Card Gem Mint 10 2007 Sage Hit #61 Lions MVP Hall Of Fame
$5.99

2016 PLATES & PATCHES CALVIN JOHNSON PRESTIGE MAGENTA PLATE 1 1 DETROIT LIONS
$55.00

2014 Topps Chrome SP Photo Variation #98B Calvin Johnson BGS 10 Pristine
$175.00

2009 Donruss Rookies and Stars Longevity Silver Holofoil #32 Calvin Johnson 99
$5.94

2007 Topps Draft Chrome Bronze #132 Calvin Johnson Rookie Lions
$5.99

2011 Topps Chrome Black Refractors #8 Calvin Johnson Card 299
$5.50

Calvin Johnson, 2007 Sage Hit, ROOKIE!!!, GEM MINT 10
$7.03

2013 Bowman DIE CUT LOT (3) Calvin Johnson, Jones-Drew, Jimmy Graham PLUS
$9.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2014 TOPPS CHROME SEPIA REFRACTOR #35 99 #98 DETROIT LIONS
$6.95

2011 Calvin Johnson Topps Triple Threads JERSEY BOOKLET 27 - #12 Lions
$24.99

2015 Topps Past Present 5x7 CALVIN JOHNSON BARRY SANDERS #13 99 Made LIONS
$14.99

2007 Finest Moments Refractor Calvin Johnson Rookie Detroit Lions RC *c8226
$6.75

CALVIN JOHNSON 2 DIF STUDIO RC 2007 + 4 DIF RC SAVE BIG COMBO
$14.02

2016 Prime Signatures Prime Proof Red #79 Calvin Johnson 149 - NM-MT
$5.00

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 UD SWEET SPOT RC GAME WORN JERSEY SP RARE LIONS SUPERSTAR
$39.99
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Rookie Cards

Calvin Johnson Rookie Card Checklist

Top eBay Listings

2007 National Treasures Calvin Johnson GOLD auto patch RC 25
$399.99

Calvin Johnson ROOKIE Card Gem Mint 10 2007 Sage Hit #61 Lions MVP Hall Of Fame
$5.99

2007 Aspire Century Club #C18 Calvin Johnson Rookie Card RC
$2.20

2007 Press Pass #71 Calvin Johnson TC RC Rookie Card
$1.10

2007 SAGE HIT #61 Calvin Johnson Rookie Card RC
$1.10

2007 Aspire #18 Calvin Johnson RC Rookie Card
$1.10

2007 Press Pass Primetime Players #11 Calvin Johnson RC Rookie Card
$3.30

2007 Topps Draft Chrome Bronze #132 Calvin Johnson Rookie Lions
$5.99

2007 Topps Red Hot Rookies #2 Calvin Johnson Rookie Lions
$3.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 PRESSPASS #79 ALL-AMERICANS RC CARD-STORE
$0.99

Calvin Johnson, 2007 Sage Hit, ROOKIE!!!, GEM MINT 10
$7.03

2007 Topps CALVIN JOHNSON (RC) #320
$1.00

2007 SAGE Hit CALVIN JOHNSON (RC) #61
$1.00

2007 Finest Moments Calvin Johnson Rookie Detroit Lions RC
$3.00

2007 Finest Calvin Johnson Rookie #135 Detroit Lions RC
$4.50

2007 Finest Moments Refractor Calvin Johnson Rookie Detroit Lions RC *c8226
$6.75
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Autograph Guide

Calvin Johnson Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Calvin Johnson autograph 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, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Calvin Johnson Cut Signature Exemplar

Calvin Johnson Cut Signature Example  

Calvin Johnson Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Calvin Johnson signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature appears to consist of just (3) letters
  2. The letters "C-J" are discernible
  3. The third letter looks nearly identical to the letter "J" but their is not a second "J" in his name
  4. Instead of discerning letters, it is better to notate the 45 degree angle of the signature and the increasing and consistent size of each character
  5. All of the letter formations end with a right extending line of various sizes
  6. He almost always includes his jersey number "81"

Signed Football Pricing:

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Calvin Johnson Signed Football

Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Calvin Johnson Signed Jersey

Signed Helmet Pricing (Full-size and Mini):

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Calvin Johnson Signed Helmet

Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Calvin Johnson Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson signed Nike limited jersey with inscription
$600.00

Calvin Johnson Autographed Madden 13 Football
$145.00

CALVIN JOHNSON DETROIT LIONS FUTURE HOF WR RARE JSA SIGNED MINI HELMET COA
$179.99

CALVIN JOHNSON 2007 SPX AUTOGRAPHED ROOKIE CARD - PSA GEM MINT 10
$129.88

Detroit Lions CALVIN JOHNSON Signed 16x20
$199.99

Calvin Johnson Signed Autographed Detroit Lions Black XL Football Jersey AA96993
$150.00

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO DETROIT LIONS
$69.00

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO DETROIT LIONS
$69.00

Calvin Johnson Autographed....Lions Game Action 8x10...Megatron !!
$54.75

CALVIN JOHNSON,DETROIT LIONS,GEORGIA TECH,SIGNED,AUTOGRAPHED,DUKE FOOTBALL,PROOF
$199.99

Calvin Johnson Roy Williams Autographed 16x20 Photo COA
$100.00

CALVIN JOHNSON,DETROIT LIONS,SIGNED,AUTOGRAPHED,LIONS LOGO FOOTBALL,COA,PROOF
$239.99

Calvin Johnson Signed 8x10 Photo Megatron Detroit Lion Auto
$75.00

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED FRAMED DETROIT LIONS 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA W89076
$174.99

CALVIN JOHNSON SIGNED & FRAMED DETROIT LIONS 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA W89077
$174.99

CALVIN JOHNSON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS 16x20 PHOTO JSA
$199.00
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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.

User Comments

  1. Link to my Calvin RC Autograph Collection, not huge but some nice monsters in it!!!

    http://s304.photobucket.com/user/detmegatron81/library/Calvin%20-%20Megatron%20-%20Johnson%20Autos?sort=3&page=1

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