Monte Irvin Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Monte Irvin

Date of Birth: 2/25/1919
Rookie Card Year: 1951
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Monte Irvin was one of the first players to sign a Major League contract after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line in 1947. He had played several years for the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues before joining the New York Giants in 1949. His historical significance to the game makes Monte Irvin cards and autographed memorabilia highly valued by vintage collectors.

Irvin has two rookie cards, 1951 Bowman and 1951 Topps Red Backs. His Bowman issue is the more highly desired of the two. This is due to the fact that, while still highly collectible, the 1951 Topps Red Backs are simply seen as an inferior product to Bowman.

Monte Irvin's first autographed card was issued in 1992 Front Row. It is not serial numbered and is known to be relatively rare. One of his more popular early autograph cards, and the first to be released by a major trading card manufacturer, is his 1997 Topps Stars Rookie Reprint card.

His first memorabilia card debuted in 2005 Topps Pristine Legends. It features a piece of an Irvin game-used bat. A parallel to the card also exists that is serial numbered to 25.

Monte Irvin's autographed memorabilia is plentiful. He participated in numerous autograph signings during his post-retirement life and was a willing in-person signer during his playing days.

Monte Irvin Rookie Cards

1951 Bowman Monte Irvin RC #198

1951 Bowman Monte Irvin RC

The 1951 Bowman card set is one of the most iconic baseball card sets ever produced. Many notable rookies, including Mickey Mantle, have cards in the set. Unlike other former Negro League players who never had a rookie card, Irvin's inclusion adds to the set's historical significance in the hobby.

1951 Topps Red Backs Monte Irvin RC #50

1951 Topps Red Back Monte Irvin RC

The 1951 Topps Redbacks set was designed as a card game. Playing Monte Irvin's card earned the player a "double." This card is not nearly as popular as Irvin's Bowman issue.

Top eBay Listings

2015 Panini Cooperstown Red 67 Monte Irvin 35 New York Giants Baseball Card 3h9
$8.00

MONTE IRVIN 1952 TOPPS #26
$54.00

MONTE IRVIN 1954 TOPPS #3 - NEW YORK GIANTS - NO CREASES!!! SUPERB!!!
$10.70

2015 Panini Cooperstown HOF Induction Red 67 Monte Irvin 35 New York Giants 0f8
$6.25

1956 Topps #194 Monte Irvin Chicago Cubs Baseball Card 0n8
$27.75

2004 Sweet Spot Classic Patch 125 #IR Monte Irvin Giants Alt. # 125 BX 17BB
$9.58

1954 Topps #3 Monte Irvin READ New York Giants Baseball Card 0a1
$19.15

2011 Topps Glove Manufactured Leather Nameplates #MI Monte Irvin S2
$6.12

1954 Topps #3 Monte Irvin New York Giants Baseball Card 0a3
$14.95

2010 Topps Manufactured Commemorative Patch #MCP61 Monte Irvin Baseball Card 0w0
$6.50

1979 BBBBGTM Baseball Favorites 1953 Bowman Extension #65 Monte Irvin Card 0q3
$9.25

Rare 1953 BOWMAN Color Card #51 MONTE IRVIN (HOF) New York GIANTS
$85.00

1953 Bowman Color #51 Monte Irvin READ New York Giants Baseball Card 0e3
$15.89

2001 FLEER GREATS OF THE GAME MONTE IRVIN AUTO GIANTS
$29.99

1953 Bowman Color #51 Monte Irvin EX (5) HOF
$35.00

MONTE IRVIN 2008 Tristar Signa Cuts AUTOGRAPH SP Auto #d 139 HOF (Light) Sig
$7.55
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Autograph Guide

Monte Irvin Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Monte Irvin'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, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Monte Irvin Cut Signature Exemplar:

Monte Irvin Signature Example

Monte Irvin Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Monte Irvin signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature is written on an even horizontal plane in cursive with a slight lean to the right.
  2. The letters "M" and "I" are larger than the other letters.
  3. The "M" starts with a small loop at the top, left-hand side before starting the down strokes and humps. The first hump is slightly rounded and the second is pointed. Both are narrowly spaced.
  4. The "o" forms a narrow oval opening.
  5. The "n" is more implied than discernible.
  6. The vertical line of the "t" makes a tall narrow loop and is crossed at the very top.
  7. The "I" starts in a similar fashion as the "M" but with a more rounded loop.
  8. All of the letters of the last name are legible.
  9. The "i" is typically not dotted.

Monte Irvin Signed Baseball Pricing

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Monte Irvin Signed Baseball

Monte Irvin Signed Photograph Pricing

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Monte Irvin Signed Photo

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MONTE IRVIN Autograph - Signed auto album page - GIANTS! PSA DNA COA! HOF!
$24.95

Larry Doby & Monte Irvin Signed 8X10 Newark Eagles 1948 Photo Hof Auto Jsa Coa
$74.99

Monte Irvin Autographed 8x10 GAI CoA Signed Giants
$24.99

LARRY DOBY MONTE IRVIN JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$65.00

Monte Irvin SINGLE SIGNED Baseball JSA AUTHENTICATED
$44.00

Monte Irvin SINGLE SIGNED Baseball JSA AUTHENTICATED
$44.00

MONTE IRVIN Signed 1954 Topps HOF JSA Giants Autograph Vintage Card SGC
$33.74

Monte Irvin Signed 1988 Pacific Legends - PSA DNA
$22.00

Monte Irvin Signed Perez Steele G.M. - PSA DNA
$31.00

Monte Irvin Signed 1953 Bowman Color - PSA DNA
$69.00

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED 1976 SHAKEY'S PIZZA CARD PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPHED HOF
$49.99

NEW YORK GIANTS MONTE IRVIN SIGNED 8X10 JSA
$30.00

MONTE IRVIN Negro Leagues N.Y.Giants Signed Autograph 8 x 10 Photo GAI COA
$44.99

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED OML BASEBALL GIANTS HOF 73 TRISTAR MLB HOLO
$59.99

Monte Irvin Perez Steele Postcard HOF PSA DNA Signed Autograph 979
$32.99

Monte Irvin Perez Steele Postcard HOF PSA DNA Signed Autograph 978
$34.99
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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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