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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1954 DAN-DEE POTATO CHIP NNO MONTE IRVIN- CLEVELAND INDIANS HOF (EX) NO STAINS
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2011 Topps Lineage Monte Irvin auto 1952
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants HOF PSA 4 VG-EX
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1954 DIXIEL LIDS MONTE IRVIN WITH TAB
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Monte Irvin 1952 52 Topps #26 Vintage Baseball Card Giants
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1954 TOPPS MONTE IRVIN # 3
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1956 TOPPS #194 MONTE IRVIN EXMT *35866
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Monte Irvin 1986 Fritsch Negro League Stars Lot of 2 cards
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1954 Topps #3 Monte Irvin HOF Giants LOOK!!!!
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1953 Topps #62 Monte Irvin DP *Vg* *28220*
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2010 Topps Peak Performance Game-Used Memorabilia Bat Monte Irvin 99 Giants
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1954 Dan Dee Irvin, Monte PSA-4 VG EX
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2012 Leaf Cut Signature Monte Irvin Cut Auto HOF BGS
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Monte Irvin 2005 Topps Retired Signature Auto Autograph Chrome HOF SF Giants
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2011 (BB) Topps Commemorative Patch #MI Monte Irvin UPD
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Negro League Ron Lewis Fine Art Postcard Singles: #20 Monte Irvin
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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 PSA DNA SIGNED 1953 TOPPS AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed First Day Cover PSA DNA #83186522
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed First Day Cover PSA DNA #83186524
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA #P41697
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed 1983 Donruss Card PSA DNA #83109809
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Monte Irvin Giants Signed Baseball Autographed Auto JSA F30526
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Monte Irvin Giants Signed Baseball Autographed Auto PSA DNA C35427
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Monte Irvin signed San Francisco Giants Perez Steele MLB HOF Great Moments JSA
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MONTE IRVIN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL PSA J85284
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Monte Irvin Autograph Signed HOF Postcard #20 PSA DNA 8
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Monte Irvin Sliding Home Sepia Signed 16x20 Photo w HOF Insc Steiner COA
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MONTE IRVIN PEREZ-STEELE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed HOF Postcard PSA DNA #83386385
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed HOF Postcard PSA DNA #83386384
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Monte Irvin Signed Giants 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA Picture Auto'd HOF Negro League
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