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 Image

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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1963 Stancraft Playing Card...Mike Ditka - Bears - Pittsburgh alum...NM
$35.00
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1966 Coke Bears NFL Bottle Cap...C20 Mike Ditka - Pitt alum...NM
$20.00
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MIKE DITKA • 2005 Donruss Classics • TIMELESS TRIBUTES • #115 • Ser #003 100
$10.00
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1990 PRO SET #59 MIKE DITKA ERROR CARD LARGE LETTERS (FONT) FREE COMB. SHIPPING
$9.95
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Mike Ditka Footbal card
$19.99
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MIKE DITKA Hall Of Fame Crystal Card
$25.00
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1990 Pro Set Mike Ditka double back wrong back error Mike Cofer (si1)
$9.99
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VINTAGE 1965 PHILADELPHIA MIKE DITKA CARD # 19
$9.95
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4 LOT MIKE DITKA RARE PRO SET ERROR LARGE PRINT #59 1990 BEARS
$29.99
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MIKE DITKA RARE PRO SET ERROR LARGE PRINT #59 1990 BEARS
$7.99
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1966 PHILADELPHIA Football #32 Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Nm Nice
$20.00
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1990 series 2 Goal Line Art card Mike Ditka Great Shape unsigned
$9.99
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Mike Ditka Pro Football Hall of Fame Metallic Metal card Bears Pittsburgh
$6.95
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2000-FLEER GREATS OF THE GAME MIKE DITKA AUTO. W BEARS BOOKS $50.00
$21.26
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Chicago Bears #89 Mike Ditka `1-1 4" Flat Back Button
$5.00
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Chicago Bears #89 Mike Ditka `1-1 4" Flat Back Button-RC
$5.00
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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 Image

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 Photograph Pricing:

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Mike Ditka Signed in Black, Chicago Bears Style Jersey, PSA DNA
$189.99
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MIKE DITKA Signed "HOF 88" 1992 Pro Line Trading Card JSA
$34.99
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CHICAGO BEARS HOF MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1966 PHL CARD JSA 85 BEARS
$48.85
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MIKE DITKA DALLAS COWBOYS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED SNAPBACK CAP JSA CHICAGO BEARS
$64.99
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Mike Ditka CHICAGO BEARS Bird Super Bowl XX Ticket AUTOGRAPH SIGNED PSA 16x20
$179.99
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MIKE DITKA Signed Autograph Auto 8x10 Photo Picture Chicago Bears HOF PSA DNA
$49.99
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MIKE DITKA Auto Autograph Signed Photo Picture 8X10 Chicago Bears HOF PSA DNA
$59.99
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MIKE DITKA FRAMED SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BEARS JERSEY PSA DNA COA and Hologram
$479.00
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Mike Ditka Signed T B Chicago Bears Mini Helmet w Inscriptions PSA DNA
$169.00
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Mike Ditka signed autograph Chicago Bears custom Navy Home Jersey PSA DNA COA
$79.99
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MIKE DITKA SIGNED WHITE CHICAGO BEARS JERSEY!! JSA COA!!
$20.50
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MIKE DITKA SIGNED BLUE CHICAGO BEARS JERSEY!! JSA COA!!
$20.50
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MIKE DITKA SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS THROWBACK JERSEY!! JSA COA!!
$33.00
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Mike Ditka Signed Autographed Chicago Bears T K FS Helmet w HOF 88 JSA
$69.91
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MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BEARS MINI HELMET SIGNED LEFT "HOF 89" PSA DNA
$79.00
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MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BEARS MINI HELMET SIGNED RIGHT "HOF 89" PSA DNA
$79.00
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