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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Poker Playing Cards, Former NFL Superbowl Stars, Mike Ditka's Picks,
$5.49

1962 Topps #17 Mike Ditka VG EX J2082
$220.00

1963 Topps #62 Mike Ditka EX D2945
$50.00

1968 Topps #162 Mike Ditka EX MT J2413
$45.00

1963 Topps #62 Mike Ditka VG D2739
$35.00

1962 Topps #17 Mike Ditka EX MT J2801
$335.00

1962 Topps #17 Mike Ditka EX J2759
$270.00

1968 Topps #162 Mike Ditka EX J6243
$19.00

1968 Topps #162 Mike Ditka NM J5657
$70.00

1968 Topps #162 Mike Ditka VG J3176
$16.00

1962 POST CEREAL #111 MIKE DITKA SP
$35.56

1964 PHILADELPHIA #17 MIKE DITKA BEARS EX
$8.60

1962 POST #111 MIKE DITKA ROOKIE SP EX
$12.02

1990 PRO SET #59 MIKE DITKA ERROR CARD LARGE LETTERS (FONT) FREE COMB. SHIPPING
$9.95

1965 Philadelphia Mike Ditka #32 Chicago Bears Pittsburgh University Pitt HOF
$29.99

120 Matt Forte RC, Earl Bennett RCs GWJ, Devin Hester, Mike Ditka,
$9.99
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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

Mike Ditka Signed Jersey Pricing:

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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 PITTSBURGH PANTHERS Jersey JSA AUTHENTIC COA HOLO
$106.35

CHICAGO BEARS MIKE DITKA SIGNED GOAL LINE ART CARD HOF 1988 JSA
$69.95

1988 SWELL GREATS Mike Ditka #142 PSA 4 SIGNED
$45.00

BEARS MIKE DITKA "HOF 88" SIGNED FULL SIZE REP HELMET W SILVER FACEMASK PSA DNA
$199.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Nike Jersey Signed Autograph Auto Inscribe
$179.99

MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS 8x10 PHOTO (FLIPPING THE BIRD) w JSA
$59.99

MIKE DITKA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CUT INDEX CARD - PSA DNA ENCAPSULATED
$40.00

MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS 1963 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAQUE JSA CERT
$99.89

MIKE DITKA DALLAS COWBOYS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED SNAPBACK CAP JSA CHICAGO BEARS
$69.89

Mike Ditka Signed Action 16x20 Photo - JSA Certified -Item #1290320
$103.49

MIKE DITKA FRAMED SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BEARS JERSEY PSA DNA COA and Hologram
$479.00

MIKE DITKA SIGNED AUTO PITTSBURGH PANTHERS THROWBACK JERSEY JSA AUTOGRAPHED
$32.00

Mike Ditka Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Bears PSA DNA #S35634
$49.00

Mike Ditka Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Saints PSA DNA #Q97818
$49.00

Mike Ditka Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Saints PSA DNA #Q97820
$49.00

PSA DNA MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED "GIVING THE FINGER" BEARS 16X20 PHOTO
$69.00
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