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

Top eBay Listings

1965 TOPPS AL KALINE #130 (40.00) EXMT J3541
$13.00

AL KALINE MILT WILCOX FRANK TANANA Tigers Signed Cards
$29.99

1965 Topps Transfers Al Kaline VG
$33.60

1959 Topps #360 Al Kaline EX++ Tigers
$35.00

1964 Topps #250 Al Kaline EX NM Tigers
$30.00

1963 TOPPS #25 AL KALINE TIGERS
$28.00

1958 TOPPS #70 AL KALINE TIGERS
$40.00

1955 TOPPS #4 AL KALINE TIGERS
$35.00

1968 Topps Al Kaline #240 EX+ HOF
$19.99

1961 Topps #429 Al Kaline Tigers VG EX *994
$17.50

1961 Topps #429 Al Kaline Tigers EX MT *2267
$32.50

1961 Topps #429 Al Kaline Tigers EX *1824
$25.00

1961 Topps #580 Al Kaline All Star NM *2551
$72.00

2014 Topps Tier One Relics Dual #DR-AK Al Kaline Detroit Tigers Baseball Card
$20.25

2014 Topps Tier One Relics Dual #DR-AK Al Kaline Detroit Tigers Baseball Card
$20.25

1966 Topps #410 Al Kaline Detroit Tigers Baseball Card
$39.99
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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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Al Kaline Signed Blonde Rawlings Pro Baseball Bat W 399 HR'S 3007 Hits- JSA
$139.00

AL KALINE SIGNED HOF PLAQUE POSTCARD PSA DNA ENCAPSULATED AUTHENTIC
$34.99

Al Kaline Detroit Tigers Autographed Signed Sports Illustrated JSA COA
$79.99

Al Kaline signed 1980 Cooperstown Cachet PSA DNA Cert# W40446
$69.99

Al Kaline Signed OML Baseball Inscribed "HOF 80" (JSA COA) Tigers Great !
$79.95

Al Kaline Autographed Signed Jersey Framed Detroit Tigers JSA
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Al Kaline Signed Magazine Cutout Photo JSA COA Tigers (sku-72702)
$24.99

1954 Topps #201 Al Kaline RC Rookie HOF Signed AUTO Tigers PSA DNA Certified
$425.99

AL KALINE SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED GOLD HOF PLAQUE AUTOGRAPH
$35.87

Al Kaline Signed Tigers 35" x 43" Custom Framed Jersey JSA witnessed
$195.00

AL KALINE SIGNED OFFICIAL AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA
$85.00

AL KALINE PSA GRADED 3 1957 TOPPS SIGNED CARD #125 PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$109.00

Al Kaline HOF signed Detroit Tigers 1960 Topps Card with JSA Certificate
$39.20

AL KALINE SIGNED 8x10 COLOR PHOTO JSA CERT P08056 DETROIT TIGERS
$29.99

Al Kaline Signed autographed Adirondack 302 bat JSA Certified
$100.00

Al Kaline H&B Game Used Signed Bat Detroit Tigers HOF PSA DNA GU 7
$1,995.00
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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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