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.

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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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Monte Irvin 2004 Topps All Time Fan Favorite Card Auto Autograph 1951 Red Bac RC
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Monte Irvin 2012 Legend Edition Gold On Card Auto 20 New York Giant Autograph
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1952 Topps #26 RED Monte Irvin Red Back PSA 4 L8723
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1992 Monte Irvin Front Row All-Time Great Series LTD ED LE 5 card set with COA
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1955 TOPPS #100 MONTE IRVIN HOF EXMT
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MONTE IRVIN 1988 PITTSBURGH BASEBALL CLUB #20 PSA 8 NEGRO LEAGUE STARS HOF
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1953 Bowman Color MONTE IRVIN #51 New York Giants - SGC 86 7.5
$160.00

1953 Bowman # 51 Monte Irvin Giants EX-EX+ H B$80 1211A
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GMA GRADE 1956 TOPPS#100 MONTE IRVIN
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2013 All Panini America's Pastime Monte Irvin Auto New York Giants 21 25
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1951 Bowman #198 Monte Irvin G VG (mk) *p13793
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Monte Irvin #4 Sketch Card Limited 8 25 Edward Vela Signed
$7.69

MONTE IRVIN 1953 Bowman Color baseball PSA 5 EX #51
$45.00

1953 TOPPS MONTE IRVIN FAIR NEW YORK GIANTS #62 MULTIPLE CREASES (002)
$6.30

1951 Bowman Monte Irvin Rookie Card RC #134 Giants EX 16130
$48.95

1954 TOPPS MONTE IRVIN G VG NEW YORK GIANTS #3 MULTIPLE CREASES
$9.00
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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 HOF 73 SIGNED PSA DNA PEREZ STEELE GREAT MOMENTS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$40.50

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER PEREZ STEELE GREAT MOMENTS AUTOGRAPH
$30.60

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER TCMA POSTCARD AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$26.00

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER PEREZ STEELE AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed Official MLB Baseball NY Giants HOF73 PSA DNA
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed Official MLB Baseball NY Giants HOF73 P
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MONTE IRVIN SIGNED HALL OF FAME 1973 ROMLB BALL NEW YORK GIANTS CUBS JSA COA
$69.99

HOF MONTE IRVIN 1953 TOPPS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #62 GIANTS JSA SLABBED
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MONTE IRVIN JSA CERTED NATIONAL LEAGUE AUTOGRAPH BASEBALL AUTHENTIC SIGNeD
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MONTE IRVIN HOF SIGNED RARE INDEX CARD PSA DNA ENCASED
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Monte Irvin Signed 1991 Ron Lewis Postcard PSA DNA Slabbed Auto'd Negro League
$49.99

New York Giants Monte Irvin signed ONL baseball Autograph Auto JSA COA
$34.95

Monte Irvin Signed New York Giants HOF Postcard - PSA DNA - Slabbed - COA - HOF
$40.49

2 Monte Irvin Signed Autographed Baseball Card PSA Pre-Certified Pacific
$37.95

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA RAWLINGS BILL WHITE NATIONAL LEAGUE BALL W CUBE
$37.50

Monte Irvin signed autograph auto 2x3.5 cut Baseball Hall of Fame PSA Slabbed
$45.00
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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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