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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1954 TOPPS # 3 MONTE IRVIN GIANTS VG-EX
$59.00
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1953 Bowman #51 Monte Irvin
$30.00
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1983 DONRUSS MONTE IRVIN AUTOGRAPH GIANTS *48033
$12.00
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1951 Bowman Monte Irvin RC #198 -Giants- Ex- (corner ding, no creases) - CS4274
$60.00
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1951 Bowman Monte Irvin RC #198 - Giants - Fr - CS4323
$25.00
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1953 Bowman Color #51 Monte Irvin PSA 6 EX-MT New York Giants
$55.80
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1955 TOPPS BASEBALL #100 MONTE IRVIN PSA 3 HOF
$12.00
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Front Row Monte Irvin Certified Autograph
$7.50
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1955 Topps #100 MONTE IRVIN - Living HOF - NY Giants Nice Centering EX PSA 5
$42.99
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Monte Irvin 2011 Topps Glove Manufactured Leather Nameplates #MI
$10.79
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1991 TOPPS ARCHIVES 1953 REPRINT #62 MONTE IRVIN HOF POP 3 PSA 9 B1722602-770
$6.99
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1981 PEREZ-STEELE HOF POSTCARD #137 MONTE IRVIN HOF POP 4 PSA 10 B1722968-821
$23.99
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(25672) 1954 Topps 3 Monte Irvin Giants-VG+
$14.00
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1954 RED MAN #NL-5 MONTE IRVIN GIANTS PSA 9 POP 2!
$1,500.00
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1955 Topps Monte Irvin #100 - New York Giants - Vg (o c) - BB575
$8.00
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1953 Bowman Color Monte Irvin #51 VINTAGE GIANTS EAGLES STAR HOF $80 HBV VG
$29.25
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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 Signed ONL Giamatti Ball Baseball PSA DNA COA Giants Hall of Fame 73
$65.99
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed Baseball JSA COA
$55.95
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HOF NEW YORK GIANTS MONTE IRVIN SIGNED "TO MIKE" 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA STICKER
$22.95
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New York Giants Monte Irvin Auto Signed 1954 Topps Card #3 JSA JR
$39.99
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Monte Irvin Buck Leonard Signed Autographed 17x22 Photograph Negro Leagues + GAI
$499.99
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GIANTS Monte Irvin signed card PSA slab 1983 Donruss HOF AUTO Autographed NY
$24.95
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GIANTS Monte Irvin signed card PSA slab 1988 Pacific Legend AUTO Autographed NY
$24.95
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Billy Herman & Monte Irvin signed autographed (auto) GAI authenticated B&W
$50.00
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JSA Authentic Signed 1951 Topps Red Back Monte Irvin Auto On Card Rookie
$69.95
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Monte Irvin Signed 8X10 Photos Autograph Giants w Glove GAI COA - 3 Count Lot
$39.99
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Monte Irvin Autographed Signed TCMA Greats Postcard PSA DNA #83451906
$29.00
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Max Manning & Monte Irvin signed autograph auto Ron Lewis card PSA DNA
$85.00
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MONTE IRVIN SIGNED 1953 TOPPS PSA DNA CERTED AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$67.00
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1964 Monte Irvin Signed HOF Postcard Eagles Giants Cubs PSA DNA
$34.99
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MONTE IRVIN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO GIANTS JSA
$75.00
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Monte Irvin Signed Check Autographed Giants JSA
$29.99
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