A '96 Topps in NM-MT 8.
A '96 Topps in NM-MT 8.

Keyshawn Johnson, a two-time Pro Bowl selection as a member of the New York Jets, was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the 13th and 27th overall picks in this year’s NFL draft. Johnson signed an eight-year deal with his new team that will make him the highest paid player at his position. Johnson was given a $56 million dollar contract with a $13 million dollar signing bonus to be the key wide receiver in the Tampa arsenal.

What does this mean for Johnson sportcards? After listening to Johnson talk about his new home, the trade should prove to be a godsend for Johnson collectors. “Everybody knows the Tampa Bay Bucs have an extraordinary defense that put them in the NFC championship game last year,” Johnson said. “I hear it all the time, all they need is 17. Well, we’re definitely going to try to give them that 17.”

Johnson was also pleased about the fact that Tampa has really made him feel desired as a player. “It’s refreshing to know that the Bucs wanted to give up two first-round draft picks to acquire me,” explained a smiling Johnson. In addition to a fresh start, the chance to play for a true contender might help take Johnson’s game to another level. On the other hand, it’s not like Johnson hasn’t shown what he is capable of. In four NFL seasons, Johnson has scored 31 touchdowns while gaining 4,108 yards from his 305 receptions.

A challenge is ahead for Johnson because now, instead of being part of an aerial attack, he must join a team that has primarily used the running game as the biggest offensive weapon. Johnson also must deal with a young quarterback in Shaun King. King may be young but he is talented. Johnson said he looks forward to working with King and helping the young star blossom.

Now, what about Johnson's cards? Now playing for a better team, Johnson’s cards should receive a boost from another winning season in Tampa. A fresh start on a wining team may just be what Johnson needs to get the exposure he deserves and that would be welcomed by Johnson collectors.


Here’s a list of Johnson’s more popular rookie cards:

Keyshawn Johnson Rookie Cards Checklist
Description
NM-MT 8
MT 9
Gem Mint 10
1996 Crown Royale #49 (silver)
25
40
110
1996 Finest B225
10
20
70
1996 Finest B225 (refractor)
30
55
125
1996 Fleer #161
4
8
35
1996 Pacific #314
4
8
35
1996 Pacific Dynagon #100
4
10
40
1996 Pacific Invincible #98
4
10
50
1996 Pinnacle #161
4
8
35
1996 Playoff Absolute #143
4
10
45
1996 Playoff Illusions #89
5
12
50
1996 Playoff Prime #166
6
12
50
1996 Pro Line #318
4
8
35
1996 Score #214
4
8
35
1996 Select #154
4
8
35
1996 Select Certified #105
8
18
70
1996 Select Certified #105 (Cert. Red)
15
25
85
1996 Select Certified #105 (artists proof)
30
50
105
1996 Select Certified #105 (Cert. Blue)
45
75
155
1996 Select Certified #105 (Mirror Red)
60
100
205
1996 Select Certified #105 (Mirror Blue)
75
125
255
1996 Select Certified #105 (Mirror Gold)
90
150
310
1996 Select Certified Premium Stock #105
10
20
60
1996 Select Certified Premium Stock #105 (Mirror Red)
100
160
325
1996 Skybox Impact #45
4
8
35
1996 Skybox Premium #203
4
8
35
1996 SP #150
12
30
400
1996 Summit #157
4
8
35
1996 Topps #159
4
8
35
1996 Topps Chrome #159
28
40
250
1996 Topps Chrome #159 (refractor)
75
100
450
1996 Ultra #172
4
8
45
1996 Upper Deck #1
4
8
40

Source: April 2000 Sportscard Market Report (SMR)

A 1996 SP Keyshawn Johnson #1 in Mint 9.
A 1996 SP Keyshawn Johnson #1 in Mint 9.
A '96 Bowman's Best #180 in Mint 9 (not listed above),<br>is currently valued at $18 in the April 2000<br>SMR. A Refractor version is valued at $30, <br>and an Atomic Refractor is listed at $50.
A '96 Bowman's Best #180 in Mint 9 (not listed above),
is currently valued at $18 in the April 2000
SMR. A Refractor version is valued at $30,
and an Atomic Refractor is listed at $50.

Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 25 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last fourteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on several radio and television programs as a hobby expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports, as the featured guest. Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release.