Gary Carter Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Gary Carter

Date of Birth: 4/8/1954
Rookie Card Year: 1975
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Gary Carter ranks among the best catchers to ever play the game. Not surprisingly, there are lots Gary Carter cards and memorabilia for collectors to chase. Drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1972, Carter had a 19-year career in the majors. During that time he played for the Expos, Mets, Dodgers and Giants. Carter was an 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner.

The California native won a World Series Championship as a member of the 1986 New York Mets team. The awards, accolades, competitive spirit and contagious smile made Carter one of the most popular players of his generation. Gary Carter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Gary Carter card collectors have two rookies to choose from: 1975 Topps and 1975 O-Pee-Chee. Although not an official rookie, 1975 Topps Mini is another popular Gary Carter card.

A regular signer, collectors have tons of autographed Gary Carter cards to choose from as well. With his signature appearing on around 1,000 different cards, they are reasonably priced.

Signed Gary Carter memorabilia is also fairly common, due in large part to his willingness to regularly take part in shows and private signings. The most popular memorabilia pieces feature Carter in either his Expos or Mets uniform. The big-market Mets have a larger fanbase but Carter's Cooperstown plaque lists Montreal.

Gary Carter Rookie Card Guide

1975 Topps Baseball Gary Carter RC #620

Like most rookie cards from the era, Gary Carter shares his first big league card. Pictured alongside Marc Hill, Danny Meyer and Leon Roberts, the card remains very reasonably priced. While Carter's portrait is nice, the squished layout does not make for an attractive card. It's also held back due to the fact that none of the other players on the card had substantial careers.

1975 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Gary Carter RC #620

Gary Carters Cards - 1975 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Gary Carter RC

Nearly identical to the 1975 Topps Gary Carter card, his O-Pee-Chee rookie is much tougher to come by. The design is the same on the front. On the back, the 1975 O-Pee-Chee card is bilingual, written in both English and French. Also, the copyright states the card was printed in Canada.

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Gary Carter 2013 Topps Chrome Refractor Auto - Redemption Replacement - NY METS
$26.24

2003 (METS) Leaf Certified Materials FOTG Autographs #36IN Gary Carter IN 5
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1976 Topps — Gary Carter #441 — PSA 7 — HIGH END
$19.50

1975 Topps Gary Carter Rookie Card PSA 4
$20.00

1986 Topps Super Baseball Mask Negative. Gary Carter METS
$11.50

1989 Topps #393 Gary Carter All Star Mets Autograph
$34.99

1989 Topps #3 Record Breaker Gary Carter Mets Autograph
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1989 Topps #680 Gary Carter Mets Autograph
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1987 Topps #331 Gary Carter Darryl Strawberry Mets Autograph
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1975 Topps Mini #620 Gary Carter RC PSA 9 81273114
$232.50

2013 Topps Supreme AUTO Gary Carter Autograph 35 35
$29.95

1986 TOPPS #708 GARY CARTER PSA 10 GEM MINT NEW YORK METS HOF All Star
$40.49

GARY CARTER HALL OF FAMER 2 CARD USED GAME JERSEY LOT EXPOS-METS SN
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Lot of (6) 2015 Panini Cooperstown Gary Carter HOF cards - 4 are #ed
$17.95

2011 Contenders Gary Carter Legendary Debuts Autograph 2 49 Expos
$16.99

1988 KAHN'S METS #8 GARY CARTER METS HOF POP 3 PSA 10 B2204768-032
$44.99
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Autograph Guide

Gary Carter Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Gary Carter'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, Tristar and Sports Card Guaranty. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Gary Carter Cut Signature Exemplar

Gary Carter Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Gary Carter 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. Entire signature is written on alevel horizontal plane.
  2. The signature displays near perfect penmanship written in standard, cursive.
  3. Each of the letters in the first name are clearly distinguishable with a curl on the tail end of the "G" resembling a sideways "D."
  4. The letter "C" is written with a lean to the left.
  5. The remaining letters of the last name are each distinguishable.
  6. The end of the letter "r" comes back across the top of the last few letters to cross the letter "t."

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Gary Carter Bud Harrelson Signed Auto Autograph 8x10 Photo 1986 World Series JSA
$79.00

Gary Carter Signed 1980 All Star Game Baseball AUTO Autograph JSA COA Mets HOF
$75.08

Gary Carter 1978 Topps Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$38.99

Gary Carter 1980 Topps Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
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Gary Carter Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA COA
$60.00

Gary Carter Index Card PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph Signed *8525
$49.00

GARY CARTER MONTREAL EXPOS,METS,HOF 2005 JSA COA SIGNED JERSEY
$650.00

Gary Carter Signed photo Cut PSA DNA slabbed
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1982 Topps #344 Gary Carter PSA DNA Auto Signed Expos All Star
$35.00

Gary Carter Autographed Signed 1990 Donruss Card #147 Mets PSA DNA #83857103
$69.00

GARY CARTER 86' WS CHAMPS SIGNED RAWLINGS BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH AUTO PSA DNA COA
$199.99

GARY CARTER (NY Mets) signed Official MLB Baseball w PSA COA & HOF Inscription
$149.95

Gary Carter Signed 1982 Topps Cards #344 GAI Authentic Auto Expos HOF
$39.00

Gary Carter (d.2012) Signed Postcard Autographed Post Card Giants Mets PSA DNA
$39.99

GARY CARTER SIGNED PSA DNA 1983 TOPPS AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$42.00

GARY CARTER SIGNED PSA DNA EXPOS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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