Mike Ditka Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Mike Ditka

Date of Birth: 10/18/1939
Rookie Card Year: 1962
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Mike Ditka revolutionized the tight end position in the NFL. His pass-catching ability combined with his ferocious blocking attack, laid the blueprints for the position as we know it today. As a Super Bowl-winning coach with the Chicago Bears, Mike Ditka cards and autographed memorabilia are cherished by Bear's collectors.

The Mike Ditka rookie card is part of the 1962 Topps Football set. He also has a Topps Buck insert. Post Cereal also included Ditka on their checklist the same year. While considered by most not to be a rookie card, it is a short-print in the set and carries a premium.

His first certified autograph card is from the 1989 Goal Line Art Set. He is also included on the  1991 Pro Line Portraits Autographs checklist.

Ditka has relatively few memorabilia cards. His first game-used cards were issued by Donruss/Playoff in 2005 where he appeared in multiple products.

Mike Ditka autographed memorabilia has always seen strong demand. He is a rather public figure and a willing in-person signer. He participates in several autograph signing events throughout the year. His rookie card, footballs and 1985 Super Bowl memorabilia are some of the items he is most frequently asked to sign.

Mike Ditka Rookie Card

1962 Topps Mike Ditka RC #17

1962 Topps Mike Ditka RC

Cards from the 1962 Topps set can be difficult to find in high-grade condition as the black borders are susceptible to edge and corner wear. Professionally graded copies receiving grades of 9 or higher carry a significant premium. Ditka's rookie card is the key card in the set.

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1997 UD NFL Legends #AL-29 MIKE DITKA Auto Chicago Bears
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2013 National Treasures Auto Jersey MIKE DITKA 19 50 Hall of Fame Autograph NICE
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1965 PHILADELPHIA #19 MIKE DITKA BEARS
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1992 Pro Line Profiles #8 of 9 Mike Ditka AUTO BEARS
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1968 Topps #162 Mike Ditka *ExMt* *13360*
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1966 PHILADELPHIA # 32 MIKE DITKA BEARS EX 253321
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1968 Topps 9 Football Card Lot 162 Mike Ditka 169 Don Maynard 206 Leroy Kelly
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1963 Topps Football Card #62 Mike Ditka PSA 6.5 *1509
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1967 Philadelphia - MIKE DITKA - Football Card - #29 - Chicago Bears - Vintage
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1962 Topps #17 Mike Ditka RC Bears HOF PSA 5 Rookie
$200.00

1965 Philadelphia Mike Ditka #19 PSA 8
$85.00

National Treasures Prime Jersey 75th Anniversary Cowboys Mike Ditka 16 25 2008
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1962 Topps #17 Mike Ditka RC PSA 5 Chicago Bears HOF
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1962 Post Cereal Football #111 MIKE DITKA RC Chicago Bears Dallas Cowboys
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2013 NATIONAL TREASURES MIKE DITKA HOF CLASS OF 88 JERSEY AUTO 39 50 COWBOYS!!
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2013 Leaf Masterworks Mike Ditka 1 1 Auto Autograph Sketch Art By Jim Kyle
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Autograph Guide

Mike Ditka Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Mike Ditka'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 companySome 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.

Mike Ditka Cut Signature Exemplar:

Mike Ditka Signature Example

Mike Ditka Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Mike Ditka signature autograph is very difficult to replicate and will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Smith's signature has been very consistent through the years, so regardless of the item being signed or the time period in which it was signed, look for the following signature features:

Mike Ditka Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature is legible. The lettering is small. The most pronounced letters are the "M" and "D".
  2. The "i" in 'Mike' is dotted. The "k" consists of  a small loop and downward connecting line to the "e" which usually does not display an opening.
  3. The "D" is written on an awkward angle so that it resembles a diamond or oval shape on its side.
  4. The "i" in 'Ditka' is usually not dotted.
  5. The "k" is formed in the same manner as in the first name.
  6. The "a" is open and a ling tail comes back across the top of the signature to haphazardly cross the "t."

Mike Ditka Signed Football Pricing:

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Mike Ditka Signed Football

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Mike Ditka Signed Jersey

Mike Ditka Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Mike Ditka Signed Helmet

Mike Ditka Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Mike Ditka Signed Photo

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Mike Ditka Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Bears PSA DNA #S35634
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Mike Ditka Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Saints PSA DNA #Q97818
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PSA DNA MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED "GIVING THE FINGER" BEARS 16X20 PHOTO
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Mike Ditka Signed 1991 Enor HOF - PSA DNA
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MIKE DITKA Signed PITTSBURGH Panthers Mini-helmet w PSA COA
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Mike Ditka Hot! signed Chicago Bears 8x10 photo PSA DNA cert PROOF!!
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MIKE DITKA SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 16X20 FOOTBALL PHOTO WITH WALTER PAYTON JSA
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Mike Ditka signed Chicago Bears 8x10 photo !! HOF JSA M43499
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Mike Ditka Signed Index Card 3x5 Autographed Bears JSA Cert #H19360
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Mike Ditka Autographed Signed Chicago Bears Framed Iconic 16x20 NFL Photo - PSA
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1990 Pro Set #59 Mike Ditka PSA DNA Signed Auto Bears Cowboys HOF 83587809
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Mike Ditka Signed 8x10 Photo Giving the Finger Bird Autographed GAI Bears
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Mike Ditka Signed Bears Replica Football Autograph Auto PSA DNA Y66476
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Mike Ditka Signed Baden Football Autograph Auto PSA DNA Y66470
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Mike Ditka Signed Official NFL Football Autograph Auto PSA DNA Y66471
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1989 Swell Mike Ditka #144 HOF Signed Autograph PSA DNA
$37.00
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