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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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Monte Irvin (Giants, HOF '73) Signed Hall of Fame Card
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants GOOD
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants GOOD
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants FAIR
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants VG EX
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants PSA 6 - EX MT
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#100 Monte Irvin Giants VG
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants FAIR
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants FAIR
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants VG EX
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants VG EX
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants VG EX
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1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin Giants PSA 6 - EX MT
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#100 Monte Irvin Giants VG
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#100 Monte Irvin Giants VG
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#100 Monte Irvin Giants VG
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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 SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER PEREZ STEELE GREAT MOMENTS AUTOGRAPH
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Monte Irvin Signed 8x10 Photo Inscribed HOF 73 JSA COA
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MONTE IRVIN SIGNED HALL OF FAME 1973 ROMLB BALL NEW YORK GIANTS CUBS JSA COA
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MONTE IRVIN PEREZ STEELE POST CARD SIGNED 1989!! AUTHENTICATED BY PSA DNA!!
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MONTE MERRILL IRVIN HOF 73 NEGRO LEAGUES GIANTS SIGNED M.L. BASEBAL JSA R94480
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MONTE IRVIN SIGNED HOF PLAQUE POSTCARD PSA DNA GEM MINT 10 NEW YORK GIANTS
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HOF MONTE IRVIN 1953 TOPPS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #62 GIANTS JSA SLABBED
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1952 Star-Cal WILLIE MAYS MONTE IRVIN Vintage Rare Dual Signed HOF RC Decal GAI
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1951 Bowman Reprint #198 MONTE IRVIN Signed Auto Card NY Giants RC 1986 CCC JSA
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2006 Upper Deck Origins MONTE IRVIN Signed Card #122 Auto Slabbed Giants PSA DNA
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1990 Pacific Legends MONTE IRVIN w "HOF-73" Signed Card GAI Slabbed Auto Giants
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1954 Topps MONTE IRVIN Signed Vintage Card GAI Slabbed Auto New York Giants HOF
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MONTE IRVIN JSA CERTED NATIONAL LEAGUE AUTOGRAPH BASEBALL AUTHENTIC SIGNeD
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MONTE IRVIN GIANTS HOF 73 AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL JSA LOA 2D
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MONTE IRVIN GIANTS,HOF 73,54 CHAMPS 52 ALLSTAR,5X ALLSTAR JSA COA SIGNED JERSEY
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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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