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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2015 UD Goodwin Champions #'d 50 Cloth Mini Lady Luck Back #37 Mike Ditka Bears
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2009 Upper Deck Football Heroes #'d 78 99 Blue Insert #251 Mike Ditka Bears
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1964 Philadelphia #17 Mike Ditka NM Near Mint Bears ID:3820
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1966 Philadelphia #32 Mike Ditka VG EX Very Good Excellent Bears ID:4006
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1966 Philadelphia #32 Mike Ditka VG EX Very Good Excellent Bears ID:4007
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2014 National Treasures Mike Ditka #'d to Jersey 56 89 Bears #156
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11056* 1966 Philadelphia # 32 Mike Ditka
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1967 Caprolan Premium RARE Mike Ditka Chicago Bears University of Pittsburgh
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1962 POST CEREAL #111 MIKE DITKA SP RC PSA 6 BEARS *20969
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1967 Philadelphia Football Card #29 Mike Ditka VG-EX *1516
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MIKE DITKA 1990 Pro Set ERROR Uncut 2 Card PANEL Variation LARGE Hall of Fame
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MIKE DITKA 1965 Philadelphia Football # 19 Chicago Bears HOF
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Mike Ditka Future Stock Pitt Panthers Football Card - REFRACTOR - Limited 1 1
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Mike Ditka ROOKIE 1962 Post Cereal SHORT PRINT #111 Football Chicago Bears SP
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1966 Philadelphia Mike Ditka Card # 32 EX
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1967 Philadelphia MIKE DITKA PSA EX- MT 6
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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 Jersey Chicago Bears JSA
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MIKE DITKA CHICAGO BEARS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED RIDDELL MINI HELMET JSA WP0539
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MIKE DITKA CHICAGO BEARS COACH SIGNED RIDDELL MINI HELMET JSA: WP053983
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Mike Ditka Autographed Signed Jersey Chicago Bears JSA
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Coach Mike Ditka Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Set Middle Finger JSA 1985 Bears
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Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Jersey JSA COA
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Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed 16x20 Photo PSA
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MIKE DITKA AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHICAGO BEARS FULL SIZE TK HELMET (NAME ONLY) JSA
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Autographed Signed MIKE DITKA 35x43 FRAMED Chicago Bears Jersey JSA COA Auto
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Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph Blue Jersey JSA COA
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MIKE DITKA PITTSBURGH PANTHERS COLLEGE SIGNED AUTOGRAPH JERSEY JSA COA #W623080
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Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Autographed Signed White Logo Football JSA WITNESS COA
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Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Autographed Signed Football JSA WITNESS COA
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1986 SUPER BOWL XX TICKET STUB CHICAGO BEARS PATRIOTS PSA DNA Signed Mike Ditka
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PSA DNA 1962 POST CEREAL MIKE DITKA Signed AUTOGRAPHED CHICAGO BEARS ROOKIE RC
$249.00

MIKE DITKA CHICAGO BEARS SIGNED STAT JERSEY JSA WITNESS WP14077
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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