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 197x300 Image

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 232x300 Image

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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1955 Topps Doubleheader #3-#4 Monte Irvin & Russ Kemmerer - EX 75 25
$50.00
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1952 Topps Archives #26 Monte Irvin-NY Giants
$5.00
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Monte Irvin - Comm. Patch
$5.99
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1953 Bowman Color #51 Monte Irvin New York Giants - PSA EX+ 5.5
$70.00
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(13751) 1953 Topps 62 Monte Irvin Giants-VGX
$25.00
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(13752) 1953 Topps 62 Monte Irvin Giants-VG+
$20.00
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1988 PEREZ-STEELE MONTE IRVIN AUTO PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$85.00
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1992 ECLIPSE SHEA STADIUM NEGRO LEAGUE SET JOSH GIBSON MONTE IRVIN DANDRIDGE SGA
$9.99
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1953 BOWMAN COLOR MONTE IRVIN VG NEW YORK GIANTS #51 SURFACE SCRATCHES; CREASED
$15.30
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Monte Irvin 1951 Bowman Giants Baseball card #198 Excellent Near-Mint
$24.99
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2005 05 MONTE IRVIN TOPPS HERITAGE REAL ONE SIGNATURE AUTO
$59.99
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1954 Red Man Tobacco #5 N Monte Irvin SGC 84 - 7 Giants
$116.00
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1954 TOPPS # 3 MONTE IRVIN NEW YORK GIANTS HALL OF FAME PSA 5 EXCELLENT
$13.50
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1951 Bowman #198 Monte Irvin RC - G-VG
$20.55
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1954 NY JOURNAL AMERICAN MONTE IRVIN PSA 4
$49.99
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MONTE IRVIN #26 Signed AUTOGRAPH 1952 Topps NY GIANTS HALL OF FAME FREE SHIPPING
$29.99
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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 260x74 Image

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

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Monte Irvin Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Monte Irvin Signed Photographs

Monte Irvin Signed Photo 260x260 Image

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Monte Irvin HOF 73 Signed MLB Holo Baseball New York Giants Chicago Cubs Tristar
$79.99
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Monte Irvin signed 8x10 PSA DNA #C09091
$49.99
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1953 Topps Monte Irvin #62 Signed Autograph PSA DNA
$47.00
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Monte Irvin Signed Endorsed Authentic Autographed Check 1988 (PSA DNA) #P57305
$29.99
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Monte Irvin Signed SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS HOF Hat PSA DNA Quick Opinion
$39.99
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Billy Herman & Monte Irvin signed autographed (auto) GAI authenticated B&W
$50.00
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Monte Irvin Perez-Steele Celebration Postcard - Signed Autographed PSA DNA 9
$40.00
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MONTE IRVIN W WILLIE MAYS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO-NY GIANTS JSA SOA
$23.99
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MONTE IRVIN Signed Baseball PSA DNA "HOF-73" Giants
$109.99
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Monte Irvin signed Official National League Baseball PSA DNA Giants Hall of Fame
$29.99
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MONTE IRVIN CUBS SIGNED 1956 TOPPS PSA DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$51.00
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MONTE IRVIN SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$25.99
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BUCK LEONARD MONTE IRVIN SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$47.00
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MONTE IRVIN SIGNED AUTO VINTAGE POSTCARD PSA DNA I79929
$34.95
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Monte Irvin Signed 1983 Donruss HOF - PSA DNA
$22.00
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Monte Irvin Signed 1988 Pacific Legends - PSA DNA
$22.00
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