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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2003 Topps All Time Fan Favorities Refractor Monte Irvin #108 206 299 NM
$13.99

2005 UD HALL OF FAME SIGNS OF COOPERSTOWN WILLIE MCCOVEY MONTE IRVIN # 1 1
$60.00

2015 COOPERSTOWN MONTE IRVIN #6 10
$25.00

2010 Topps Commemorative Patch #MCP61 Monte Irvin
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Monte Irvin Signed 8 x 10 Color Photo Inscription HOF 73 Giants Auto
$7.19

1954 TOPPS #3 MONTE IRVIN GOOD *111688
$9.00

1953 TOPPS #62 MONTE IRVIN GIANTS
$20.00

1992 Front Row Monte Irvin auto autograph *35920
$20.00

2005 DONRUSS SIGNATURE MONTE IRVIN HALL OF FAME MASTER SERIES AUTOGRAPH # 25
$30.00

1955 TOPPS MONTE IRVIN #100 GIANTS HALL OF FAMER VG-EX+ OR BETTER BV $50
$13.50

1952 Bowman Baseball Monte Irvin #162 $10.00
$10.00

Monte Irvin 2012 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signatures
$35.00

Monte Irvin 2005 Ultimate Signature Decades
$25.00

1954 TOPPS BASEBALL MONTE IRVIN CARD # 3 NEW YORK GIANTS BV $50.00
$19.99

1953 Topps #62 Monte Irvin EX-MT (HOF)
$55.00

1954 NY Journal American Monte Irvin SGC AUTHENTIC
$28.00
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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 PEREZ STEELE POST CARD SIGNED 1989!! AUTHENTICATED BY PSA DNA!!
$30.00

Monte Irvin Signed Baseball Auto JSA HOF
$38.99

NEW YORK GIANTS MONTE IRVIN SIGNED 8X10 JSA
$30.00

MONTE IRVIN Negro Leagues N.Y.Giants Signed Autograph 8 x 10 Photo GAI COA
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MONTE IRVIN AUTO,SIGNED OML BASEBALL PSA DNA PERFECT GEM MINT 10 GIANTS HOFER
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Monte Irvin Perez Steele Postcard HOF PSA DNA Signed Autograph 979
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Monte Irvin Perez Steele Postcard HOF PSA DNA Signed Autograph 978
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Monte Irvin Perez Steele Postcard HOF PSA DNA Signed Autograph 977
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Monte Irvin Perez Steele Postcard HOF PSA DNA Signed Autograph 974
$32.99

Monte Irvin Signed Baseball Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z24682
$39.00

MONTE IRVIN Signed Autographed Rawlings Official ONL Baseball Ball JSA D65306
$68.00

Monte Irvin Index Card HOF Signed Autograph PSA DNA *733
$22.00

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$28.00

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED PEREZ STEELE CELEBRATION PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$40.95

MONTE IRVIN SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA CERT AUTOGRAPH
$26.99

Monte Irvin Signed Wilson Baseball JSA J05910
$50.00
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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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