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Mike Ditka Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Mike Ditka

Date of Birth: 10/18/1939
Rookie Card Year: 1962
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Mike Ditka revolutionized the tight end position in the NFL. His pass-catching ability combined with his ferocious blocking attack, laid the blueprints for the position as we know it today. As a Super Bowl-winning coach with the Chicago Bears, Mike Ditka cards and autographed memorabilia are cherished by Bear's collectors.

The Mike Ditka rookie card is part of the 1962 Topps Football set. He also has a Topps Buck insert. Post Cereal also included Ditka on their checklist the same year. While considered by most not to be a rookie card, it is a short-print in the set and carries a premium.

His first certified autograph card is from the 1989 Goal Line Art Set. He is also included on the  1991 Pro Line Portraits Autographs checklist.

Ditka has relatively few memorabilia cards. His first game-used cards were issued by Donruss/Playoff in 2005 where he appeared in multiple products.

Mike Ditka autographed memorabilia has always seen strong demand. He is a rather public figure and a willing in-person signer. He participates in several autograph signing events throughout the year. His rookie card, footballs and 1985 Super Bowl memorabilia are some of the items he is most frequently asked to sign.

Mike Ditka Rookie Card

1962 Topps Mike Ditka RC #17

1962 Topps Mike Ditka RC

Cards from the 1962 Topps set can be difficult to find in high-grade condition as the black borders are susceptible to edge and corner wear. Professionally graded copies receiving grades of 9 or higher carry a significant premium. Ditka's rookie card is the key card in the set.

Top eBay Listings

1964 Topps Wheaties Stamps Uncut Proof Sheet Mike Ditka
$172.00

1966 Philadelphia Mike Ditka #32 "Good" MC (Writing on Back)
$12.99

Mike Ditka NFL Bears Signed 1966 Football Card with Insc Fanatics Authentic COA
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Mike Ditka NFL Bears Signed 1967 Football Card with Insc Fanatics Authentic COA
$149.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed 1965 Philadelphia #19 Card w HOF 88 Insc
$149.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Autographed 1963 Topps #62 Card with HOF 88 Inscription
$149.99

1962 Topps #17 Mike Ditka PSA Excellent 5
$225.00

1989 Swell HOF Mike Ditka Signed Autographed Card Bears SMU PSA DNA 83891247
$38.95

MIKE DITKA 1967 PHILADELPHIA CARD #29 BEARS
$15.88

1963 TOPPS #62 MIKE DITKA PSA 8 HOF BEARS *GB0021
$299.00

1963 Topps #62 Mike Ditka EX+ X1247357
$26.25

1962 Topps Bucks #47 Mike Ditka EXMT+ X1247627
$57.50

1967 Philadelphia #29 Mike Ditka Near Mint Bears
$30.00

1966 Philadelphia #32 Mike Ditka Ex-Mint Bears
$25.00

1968 Topps Mike Ditka Philadelphia Eagles #162 Football Card
$5.50

1966 Philadelphia 32 Mike Ditka RC POOR #D85413
$30.00
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Autograph Guide

Mike Ditka Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Mike Ditka'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, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Mike Ditka Cut Signature Exemplar:

Mike Ditka Signature Example

Mike Ditka Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Mike Ditka signature autograph is very difficult to replicate and will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Smith's signature has been very consistent through the years, so regardless of the item being signed or the time period in which it was signed, look for the following signature features:

Mike Ditka Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature is legible. The lettering is small. The most pronounced letters are the "M" and "D".
  2. The "i" in 'Mike' is dotted. The "k" consists of  a small loop and downward connecting line to the "e" which usually does not display an opening.
  3. The "D" is written on an awkward angle so that it resembles a diamond or oval shape on its side.
  4. The "i" in 'Ditka' is usually not dotted.
  5. The "k" is formed in the same manner as in the first name.
  6. The "a" is open and a ling tail comes back across the top of the signature to haphazardly cross the "t."

Mike Ditka Signed Football Pricing:

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Mike Ditka Signed Football

Mike Ditka Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Mike Ditka Signed Jersey

Mike Ditka Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Mike Ditka Signed Helmet

Mike Ditka Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Mike Ditka Signed Photo

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Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph HOF Mini Helmet JSA WP654886
$69.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph HOF Mini Helmet JSA WP654894
$69.99

MIKE DITKA Signed Football CHICAGO BEARS COWBOYS PSA DNA COA!
$129.99

MIKE DITKA SIGNED WHITE ONE BAR TK FULL SIZE HELMET CHICAGO BEARS HOF 1988 JSA
$279.99

Mike Ditka signed Chicago Bears Jersey PSA DNA Cert# S75699
$99.95

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears signed autographed 16x20 framed matted photo JSA COA
$299.99

1989 Swell HOF Mike Ditka Signed Autographed Card Bears SMU PSA DNA 83891247
$38.95

Mike Ditka Signed 8x10 Framed Photo Ins HOF 88 Bears Auto JSA COA
$119.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph White Panel Football JSA WP654980
$79.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph White Panel Football JSA WP654970
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Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph White Panel Football JSA WP654971
$79.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph HOF Mini Helmet JSA WP654893
$69.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph HOF Mini Helmet JSA WP654891
$69.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph HOF Mini Helmet JSA WP654899
$69.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph HOF Mini Helmet JSA WP654895
$69.99

Mike Ditka Chicago Bears Signed Autograph HOF Mini Helmet JSA WP654901
$69.99
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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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