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

1953 Bowman #51 - Monte Irvin - PSA 8 -- N.Y. Giants HoF (mikedenero)
$240.00

1951 Bowman #198 - Monte Irvin (RC) - PSA 6 -- Giants HoF Rookie (mikedenero)
$170.00

1953 Topps #62 - Monte Irvin - PSA 7 -- New York Giants HoF (mikedenero)
$190.00

2004 Leaf Certified Cuts HOF Souvenirs Signature #19 MONTE IRVIN #8 50 Auto NYG
$20.00

New York Giants 1953 topps ARCHIVES Authentic Autograph Lot (6) Monte Irvin etc
$14.93

Monty Monte Irvin HOF 1952 Topps #26 Red Back PSA 2
$29.00

MONTE IRVIN 1992 FRONT ROW RARE AUTO AUTOGRAPH
$20.00

1951 TOPPS MONTE IRVIN VG EX+ NEW YORK GIANTS #50 ROOKIE CARD; LIGHT WRINKLE
$25.00

Monte Irvin Auto on Topps Archives 1953 Reprint Card
$7.00

Upper Deck Ted Williams Memories Baseball set Maris Monte Irvin Hall of Famer
$54.00

1964 Monte Irvin Signed HOF Postcard Eagles Giants Cubs PSA DNA
$34.99

1951 Bowman baseball card #198 - Monte Irvin
$65.00

2005 Upper Deck Hall Of Fame Monte Irvin 5 5 auto autograph card Giants
$29.99

2014 Leaf A History Of Baseball CUT SIGNATURE Auto MONTE IRVIN hof Giants
$9.99

1953 Bowman Color 51 Monte Irvin EX+
$55.00

1983 Donruss HOF Heroes #15 Monte Irvin Giants B63113
$9.97
« Previous1234

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

Active Listings for Monte Irvin Signed Baseballs

Monte Irvin Signed Baseball

Monte Irvin Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Monte Irvin Signed Photographs

Monte Irvin Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

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

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$26.00

Monte Irvin Signed Perez-Steele Great Moments, #27 Limited Edition, PSA DNA.
$44.00

Monte Irvin Autographed signed National League baseball PSA New York Giants Cubs
$45.00

1964 Monte Irvin Signed HOF Postcard Eagles Giants Cubs PSA DNA
$34.99

Vintage 1970's Monte Irvin Signed Auto National League Feeney Baseball JSA COA
$35.00

Monte Irvin Autographed Signed 8X10 Photo Giants HOF PSA DNA Certified
$24.99

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$26.00

GIANTS Monte Irvin signed baseball w HOF 73 AUTO JSA COA Autographed New York
$59.00

Monte Irvin Autograph Signed 1955 Topps # 100 Card New York Giants PSA DNA
$79.99

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED HALL OF FAME SLABBED HOF PLAQUE CARD GIANTS CUBS BGS JSA AUTH
$29.99

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

Monte Irvin Signed NL Baseball - PSA DNA
$31.00

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED MLB BASEBALL NEW YORK GIANTS JSA COA
$49.95

MLB + TriStar Authentic Signed Monte Irvin Auto "HOF 73" Major League Baseball
$32.95

MONTE IRVIN CUBS SIGNED 1956 TOPPS PSA DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$51.00
« Previous1234

More Info

For general information and player statistics about Monte Irvin, visit:


 |  E-Mail Author | 
Rob Bertrand is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby. He is one of the site's most accomplished writers, as well as the co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio. You can follow him on Twitter @VOTC.

Leave a Comment: