Rookie Card Year: 1954
Investment Rating: 7.0
The popularity of Al Kaline baseball cards and autographed memorabilia can be attributed not only to his Hall of Fame career but also his well-respected personality both on and off of the field. Kaline spent his entire 22-year career with the Detroit Tigers, earning him the nickname "Mr. Tiger." His longevity in the game created multiple generations of fans and as such, his collectibles remain in strong demand.
A member of the 3,000 Hit Club, Kaline could also hit for power, tallying 399 home runs. He retired with with a lifetime batting average of .297 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. A World Series Champion in 1968, Kaline was an 18-time All-Star and ten-time Gold Glove winner. This impressive resume makes him an integral part of themed collections for the various statistical niches associated with the listed accomplishments cited here.
A willing in-person signer, Kaline's post-playing career led him to the Tiger's broadcast booth and the team's front office. A true ambassador of the game, Kaline is a regular member of the national autograph circuit and MLB related fan events. His autographed collectibles are incredibly popular, particular single signed baseballs and bats.
Al Kaline Rookie Card
1954 Topps Baseball is one of the most iconic baseball card sets of all-time. Kaline shares the rookie card spotlight with fellow Hall of Fame players Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron. The set's card design is considered by many to be one of the best in history. A vibrant orange background allows both the colored head and shoulders and black and white image to pop off the card. All the essential details including team logo and name, fielding position and player name are adorned along the top of the card. A facsimile signature running diagonal towards the bottom of the card, providing a finishing touch
1959 TOPPS #562 AL KALINE AS - NM+ SHARP - NO CREASES TOUGH HI # - AK13
1958 TOPPS #70 AL KALINE EX+ SHARP - NO CREASES - DETROIT TIGERS HOF - AK16
1956 Topps 20A Al Kaline Gray Back EX #D139542
1968 TOPPS AL KALINE # 240
Al Kaline Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Al Kaline'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. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Al Kaline Cut Signature Exemplar
Al Kaline Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Al Kaline signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. As an active member of the autograph circuit, Musial autographs are plentiful. However due to the length of time he spent signing, his signature deteriorated over time. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A pride of penmanship exists even into his older years.
- The initials "A" and "K" are larger than the rest of the letters.
- The "A' is a capital cursive script and often slightly open, a small closed loop "l" is legible.
- The "K" is printed and flows into the "a," which is usually closed.
- The "l" this time open with a slight lean to the right.
- The "i" is not dotted, the "n" is small but legible.
- The "e" often has a slight open loop.