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James Lofton Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

James Lofton

Date of Birth: 7/5/1956
Rookie Card Year: 1978
Investment Rating: 6.0


James Lofton's football cards and autographed memorabilia may be one of the best kept secrets in sports collectibles. Certainly under-valued, Lofton seems to get lost in the shuffle in the conversation of great wide receivers. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, Lofton concluded his 16-year career with 764 Receptions, 14,004 Yards and 75 Touchdowns.

James Lofton's rookie card is part of the 1979 Topps Football set. He is also pictured on the Packers Team Leaders card, #407. The set has the distinction of being one that was printed with two different color card backs. In addition to the regular clay stock, Lofton's cards also have what is called 'Cream Colored' backs.

Lofton's first certified autograph card is part of the 1991 Pro Line Portraits set. Collectors also place a premium on his autographed card from the 1997 Upper Deck Legends set as well. His first memorabilia card can be found in the 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game set.

James Lofton's autographed memorabilia is moderately priced for a Hall of Fame player. He is a regular participant in organized signing events, both regionally and nationally. Best remembered for his nine years with the Green Bay Packers, the majority of his autographed memorabilia, besides footballs, are Packers' helmets and jerseys.

James Lofton Rookie Card

1979 Topps Football James Lofton RC #310

A large head and shoulders photograph of Lofton wearing his helmet and jersey, but no pads, is accompanied by a pink and black border. A blue and pink ribbon with a football in the foreground lists his position and block letters along the top designate his team and name.

1979 Topps Football James Lofton RC

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Autograph Guide

James Lofton Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic James Lofton 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 Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

James Lofton Signature Example

James Lofton Signature Example

James Lofton Key Signature Attributes: An authentic James Lofton 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. James Lofton has a signature that is easy to discern, even when not totally legible.
  2. The letters "J", "L" and "f" define the signature with the large loops on both top and bottom.
  3. The letter "a" forms a closed loop, the "m" is rounded and the "e-s" is implied.
  4. The first "o" in the last name is not always closed.
  5. The "t" is crossed in a way that the right-hand side includes a squiggle implying the "o-n."

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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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