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Al Kaline Baseball Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Al Kaline

Date of Birth: 12/19/1934
Rookie Card Year: 1954
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

The popularity of Al Kaline baseball cards and autographed memorabilia can be attributed not only to his Hall of Fame career but also his well-respected personality both on and off of the field. Kaline spent his entire 22-year career with the Detroit Tigers, earning him the nickname "Mr. Tiger." His longevity in the game created multiple generations of fans and as such, his collectibles remain in strong demand.

A member of the 3,000 Hit Club, Kaline could also hit for power, tallying 399 home runs.  He retired with with a lifetime batting average of .297 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. A World Series Champion in 1968, Kaline was an 18-time All-Star and ten-time Gold Glove winner. This impressive resume makes him an integral part of themed collections for the various statistical niches associated with the listed accomplishments cited here.

A willing in-person signer, Kaline's post-playing career led him to the Tiger's broadcast booth and the team's front office. A true ambassador of the game, Kaline is a regular member of the national autograph circuit and MLB related fan events. His autographed collectibles are incredibly popular, particular single signed baseballs and bats.

A member of the Golden Age of baseball, Kaline's rookie card is part of the classic 1954 Topps Baseball set. This is an honor he shares with other legends of the game like Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks.

Al Kaline Rookie Card

1954 Topps Al Kaline RC #201

1954 Topps Al Kaline 207x300 Image

1954 Topps Baseball is one of the most iconic baseball card sets of all-time. Kaline shares the rookie card spotlight with fellow Hall of Fame players Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron. The set's card design is considered by many to be one of the best in history. A vibrant orange background allows both the colored head and shoulders and black and white image to pop off the card. All the essential details including team logo and name, fielding position and player name are adorned along the top of the card. A facsimile signature running diagonal towards the bottom of the card, providing a finishing touch

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Autograph Guide

Al Kaline Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Al Kaline'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 company. Some 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.

Al Kaline Cut Signature Exemplar

Al Kaline Signature Example

 

Al Kaline Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Al Kaline 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. A pride of penmanship exists even into his older years.
  2. The initials "A" and "K" are larger than the rest of the letters.
  3. The "A' is a capital cursive script and often slightly open, a small closed loop "l" is legible.
  4. The "K" is printed and flows into the "a," which is usually closed.
  5. The "l" this time open with a slight lean to the right.
  6. The "i" is not dotted, the "n" is small but legible.
  7. The "e" often has a slight open loop.

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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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