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.

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1952 Bowman #162 Monte Irvin EX N7893
$65.00

1952 Bowman #162 Monte Irvin VG N7999
$30.00

1951 Bowman #198 Monte Irvin PSA 6 N2822
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1951 Bowman #198 Monte Irvin VG N5837
$70.00

1953 Topps #62 Monte Irvin EX N1099
$85.00

1953 Topps #62 Monte Irvin VG N0125
$40.00

1953 BOWMAN COLOR #51 MONTE IRVIN EXMT *111649
$69.00

1954 TOPPS #3 MONTE IRVIN GOOD *111688
$9.00

MONTE IRVIN 2011 TOPPS LEATHER NAMEPLATE SP
$14.99

Monte Irvin 32 35 2012 Press Pass Legends Hall Of Fame Edition Red Ink Auto
$16.19

Ron Lewis Negro League Fine Arts Monte Irvin HOFer
$15.95

1953 Bowman Color MONTE IRVIN #51 New York Giants - PSA 8
$325.00

1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin G C622387
$5.95

2004 Topps Arch Fan Favorites, Monte Irvin Auto Issue #FFAMI PSA 7! Giants! POP1
$34.99

1953 Topps Monte Irvin #62 PSA VG-EX 4 P156
$31.75

1955 Topps Baseball Monte Irvin New York Giants Baseball Card #100
$8.00
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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 signed San Francisco Giants Perez Steele MLB HOF Great Moments JSA
$35.95

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL PSA J85284
$54.99

Monte Irvin Autograph Signed HOF Postcard #20 PSA DNA 8
$33.75

MONTE IRVIN PEREZ-STEELE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed HOF Postcard PSA DNA #83386385
$25.00

Monte Irvin Autographed Signed HOF Postcard PSA DNA #83386384
$25.00

Monte Irvin Signed Giants 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA Picture Auto'd HOF Negro League
$29.99

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED BART GIAMATTI RONLB BALL NEW YORK GIANTS CHICAGO CUBS JSA COA
$61.75

MONTE IRVIN 54 WS CHAMPS (NEW YORK GIANTS) SIGNED OML BASEBALL CERTIFIED JSA
$36.00

MONTE IRVIN signed 8X10 GIANTS photo auto HOF PSA
$39.99

MONTE IRVIN HAND-SIGNED HOF POSTCARD PSA DNA COA
$25.50

MONTE IRVIN Signed Adirondack Baseball Bat JSA
$79.99

1952 Bowman #162 Monte Irvin Signed Auto Autographed Card Giants PSA DNA *501188
$64.99

PSA DNA Full Letter Negro League All Stars Signed Autographed by 13 Monte Irvin
$56.00

Monte Irvin Autographed Signed Baseball JSA COA
$55.95

MONTE IRVIN NY GIANTS SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO JSA
$20.00
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