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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1964 Philadelphia Mike Ditka Card # 17 NM Gorgeous Card
$39.95

1966 Philadelphia Mike Ditka Card # 32 EXMT NM
$20.95

1965 PHILADELPHIA #19 MIKE DITKA CHICAGO BEARS FOOTBALL CARD EX MT
$35.00

1966 PHILADELPHIA #32 MIKE DITKA CHICAGO BEARS FOOTBALL CARD EX MT
$30.00

1992 NFL PROLINE PROFILES MIKE DITKA AUTO #2
$50.00

1962 Topps #17 Mike Ditka RC Bears HOF PSA 4
$135.00

1963 Stancraft Mike Ditka PSA 9, 5 of Diamonds Green Back
$20.00

1992 Pro Line Portraits National Convention #SC23 Diana Ditka & Mike Ditka
$9.99

1962 Topps #17 Mike Ditka Rookie PSA 5
$215.00

1966 Philadelphia #32 Mike Ditka EX
$17.05

1968 MIKE DITKA - Topps Football Card - # 162 - Chicago Bears - Vintage
$29.95

1967 Philadelphia Mike Ditka #29 Bears PSA 7 NM
$99.99

1963 TOPPS FB # 62 MIKE DITKA, BEARS, HOF CSA EX-MT 6 CENTERED
$55.00

1990 Pro Set Mike Ditka (HOF) (#59) (Population of 2 as of 11 22 2014) PSA10 PSA
$99.95

1968 TOPPS CARD #162 MIKE DITKA VG.CONDITION
$9.99

1963 Topps Football Card #62 - Mike Ditka
$45.00
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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

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 CHICAGO BEARS 22X28 POSTER JSA CERTIFIED FRAMED
$99.99

Mike Ditka Signed 3x5 Index Card HOF Bears Player and Coach JSA COA
$39.99

MIKE DITKA Signed Autograph Auto 8x10 Photo Picture Chicago Bears HOF PSA DNA
$49.99

MIKE DITKA Auto Autograph Signed Photo Picture 8X10 Chicago Bears HOF PSA DNA
$59.99

Bears Mike Ditka Signed 'HOF 88' Full Size Football Helmet JSA COA - FS PITT
$48.00

MIKE DITKA CHICAGO BEARS SUPER BOWL XX PROGRAM AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED JSA AUTHENTIC
$149.99

CHICAGO BEARS MIKE DITKA & DAVE WANNSTEDT AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED COWBOYS JSA
$42.85

FRAMED MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS JERSEY JSA W AUTHENTICATED
$177.50

Mike Ditka Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA
$50.00

1990 Swell Greats #144 Mike Ditka PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Signed *4493
$29.00

1990 Pro Set #59 Mike Ditka PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Signed *4499
$29.00

Mike Ditka Signed Chicago Bears SB CHAMPS 16x20 Photo JSA
$294.99

CHICAGO BEARS HOF MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1966 PHL CARD JSA 85 BEARS
$49.99

MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS w WALTER PAYTON 16X20 PHOTO w JSA
$79.99

MIKE DITKA SIGNED HOF MINI HELMET JSA CERTIFIED
$89.99

Mike Ditka Autographed Signed and Framed White Bears Jersey Auto JSA Certified
$525.00
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