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 2012 SP Signature Edition Certified Auto #NYM5 New York Mets HOF
$24.95

PSA 9 2002 Topps Archives Reserve Autographs #TRAGC Gary Carter Auto Deceased
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PSA 10 1978 TOPPS # 120 GARY CARTER MONTREAL EXPOS HOF
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PSA 10 GARY CARTER pop 2 1978 TOPPS EXPOS TEAM CHECKLIST HAND CUT #244
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PSA 10 GARY CARTER pop 2 1988 KENNER STARTING LINEUP NEW YORK METS
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2002 Topps Team Legends Gary Carter Auto Autograph
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*GARY CARTER* 1983 Donruss JUMBO 4X6 Hand-Signed Auto MONTREAL EXPOS
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1983 O-pee-chee #314 Gary Carter**HOF**Graded Gem Mint PSA 10
$76.44

2015 Leaf Q Gary Carter Cut Autographed Card 2 5
$38.50

GARY CARTER - MONTREAL EXPOS AUTOGRAPH RTC
$39.99

Gary Carter 2003 Upper Deck Hawaii Certified Auto New York Mets Hall of Fame
$23.79

2001 Topps Archives Reserve Rookie Reprint Relics #ARR29 Gary Carter B78198
$14.97

1975 TOPPS # 620 GARY CARTER ROOKIE CARD RC
$15.99

GARY CARTER 2013 TOPPS CHASING HISTORY AUTOGRAPH AUTO
$37.00

1975 O-PEE-CHEE Gary Carter RC year bubble gum card WAX WRAPPER*no rips tears
$29.99

1975 SSPC BASEBALL 10 PSA CARD LOT GARY CARTER ROOKIE ECKERSLEY NOLAN RYAN ROSE
$118.50
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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 New York Mets Signed Official Gulf Coast Baseball JSA Authenticated
$99.99

Gary Carter Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine April 4, 1983 JSA COA
$60.00

RARE EARLY 1980'S GARY EDMUND CARTER FULL NAME SIGNED NL FEENEY BASEBALL PSA DNA
$199.20

GARY CARTER NEW YORK METS,MONTREAL EXPOS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED CARD
$55.00

1984 Topps #516 Al Oliver Gary Carter PSA DNA Signed Auto Expos Leaders Card
$59.00

1986 Topps #708 Gary Carter PSA DNA Signed Auto Mets All Star Card
$35.00

GARY CARTER SIGNED 1987 ALL STAR GAME BASEBALL PSA DNA COA #U69821
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Gary Carter Signed Baseball, Steiner Authentic Autograph, Mets, Expos
$94.99

GARY CARTER Signed N.Y.Mets Baseball Jersey -JSA Witnessed Authenticated #W29579
$475.00

METS STARS (8) SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL GARY CARTER, WILSON, OJEDA + JSA LOA
$191.96

Gary Carter Mets Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z11547
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Gary Carter Autographed Signed 1980 Topps Jumbo Card Exposa PSA DNA #83383875
$49.00

Gary Carter Signed 1980 Topps Giants #52 Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10833
$49.00

Gary Carter Signed 1980 Topps Giants #52 Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10834
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Gary Carter Signed 1980 Topps Giants #52 Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10838
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Gary Carter Signed 1980 Topps Giants #52 Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10845
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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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