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

1953 TOPPS MONTE IRVIN FAIR NEW YORK GIANTS #62 CORNER TEAR (003)
$7.00

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

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

(18521) 1952 Topps 26 Monte Irvin Black Back Giants-VG
$30.00

1992 ACTION PACKED ASG 24 KT GOLD MONTE IRVIN 10G -New York Giants HOF outfield
$7.99

1953 Bowman Color MONTE IRVIN #51 PSA 7 New York Giants HOF!!
$88.00

(10873) 1954 Red Man w Tab NL Series 5 Monte Irvin Giants-GD
$18.00

1977-84 Galasso Glossy Greats #26 Monte Irvin Giants B56463
$9.97

1952 Red Man #9 Monte Irvin PSA 8 HOF
$450.00

1953 Bowman Color MONTE IRVIN #51 PSA 7
$119.00

2010 Topps Baseball Monte Irvin Commemorative Patch #MCP 61
$7.00

1977-84 Renata Galasso NEW YORK GIANTS Team Set (29) WILLIE MAYS MONTE IRVIN +
$16.99

1955 Topps # 100 Monte Irvin New York Giants - beautiful ungraded!!
$69.99

2014 Topps Bunt Monte Irvin A&G HONORS SUPER RARE DIGITAL CARD
$7.50

1951 BOWMAN REPRINT # 198 MONTE IRVIN SIGNED AUTOGRAPH !! JSA CERTIFIED !!
$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

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 signed Official National League Baseball PSA DNA Giants Hall of Fame
$29.99

HOF NEW YORK GIANTS MONTE IRVIN SIGNED "TO MIKE" 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA STICKER
$22.95

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED AUTO VINTAGE POSTCARD PSA DNA I79929
$34.95

1951 BOWMAN REPRINT # 198 MONTE IRVIN SIGNED AUTOGRAPH !! JSA CERTIFIED !!
$29.99

1954 TOPPS SIGNED CARD #3 MONTE IRVIN NY GIANTS HOF PSA DNA GUARANTEE
$29.99

MONTE IRVIN HOF 73 SIGNED PSA DNA PEREZ STEELE GREAT MOMENTS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$45.00

MONTE IRVIN COOPERSTOWN HOF AUTO FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA
$67.99

HOF MONTE IRVIN 1953 TOPPS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #62 GIANTS JSA SLABBED
$55.96

Monte Irvin Signed 1988 Pacific Legends - PSA DNA
$22.00

Monte Irvin Signed 1953 Bowman Color - PSA DNA
$69.00

MONTE IRVIN Signed Autographed 16X20 Photo HOF Giants STEINER CERTIFIED!
$69.99

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER PEREZ STEELE GREAT MOMENTS AUTOGRAPH
$34.00

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER PEREZ STEELE AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$34.00

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

Monte Irvin Signed 1991 Ron Lewis Postcard PSA DNA Slabbed Auto'd Negro League
$49.99

Monte Irvin Signed Auto'd HOF Giants Card PSA DNA Slab
$34.99
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