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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2005 Donruss Timber & Threads Gary Carter Dual Jersey Bat Only One On Ebay
$14.95

2010 Topps Tribute Bat Gary Carter - 75. Fast Shippping!!!
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1975 Topps MONTREAL Expos COMPLETE Team Set GARY CARTER Rookie FAIRLY RENKO
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1975 Topps Gary Carter Rookie 620 EX Cond
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Topps Baseball Sticker Album -- 1982 Edition Gary Carter On Cover Expos
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2001 Upper Deck Legends of New York # 68 Gary Carter PSA 10 NY UD Mets POP 2
$25.00

2005 Topps Turkey Red # 313 Gary Carter PSA 10 POP 2 New York Mets Expos
$25.00

1999 Upper Deck Retro # 105 Gary Carter PSA 10 Expos New York Mets POP 2 HOF UD
$25.00

2001 Upper Deck Legends of New York # 200 Gary Carter PSA 10 NY UD Mets POP 2
$25.00

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen # 68 Gary Carter PSA 10 POP 2 Montreal Expos HOF
$25.00

2005 SP Legendary Cuts # 28 Gary Carter PSA 10 POP 2 Upper Deck New York Mets
$25.00

1981 GARY CARTER OPC #6 O PEE CHEE GRAY BACK EXPOS PSA 8 OC
$16.49

1981 GARY CARTER OPC #6 O PEE CHEE EXPOS PSA 8
$21.99

2013 TOPPS GARY CARTER METS AUTO CARD
$25.00

1976 TOPPS # 441 GARY CARTER PROOF BGS 9.5 SOLO FINEST REGISTRY UNIQUE .
$231.20

2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Marks of Fame Triple-AU 1 1 PSA 7 Gary Carter
$225.00
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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 SIGNED BASEBALL * PSA DNA Cert C07815 *
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Gary Carter Hand Signed 8X10 Photo JSA COA Mets
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Gary Carter Hand Signed 8X10 Photo JSA COA New York Mets
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Gary Carter Hand Signed 8X10 Photo JSA COA Montreal Expos
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Gary Carter Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA COA
$60.00

Gary Carter Montreal Expos 1982 Topps Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
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METS EXPOS GIANTS GARY CARTER SIGNED AUTO NL BB INSCRIPTION '86 CHAMPS STEINER
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Gary Carter Signed 8x10 Photo AUTO JSA COA New York Mets HOF Deceased 2012
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Gary Carter & Dwight Doc Gooden Signed 8x10 Photo AUTO JSA COA NY Mets HOF
$41.01

Gary Carter Signed 8x10 Photo AUTO JSA COA Montreal Expos HOF
$29.01

Duke Snider & Gary Carter Dual Signed 8x10 Photo AUTO JSA COA Dodgers Expos HOF
$28.77

SIGNED DECEASED EXPOS METS HOF GARY CARTER RARE 8X10 PSA DNA W INSCRIPTIONS!
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1982 Donruss #2 Gary Carter Diamond Kings PSA DNA Autograph Signed Mets HOF
$59.99

Gary Carter Autographed Signed 3.5x3.5 Cut Signature PSA DNA #83722338
$39.00

Gary Carter Autographed Signed 3.5x5.5 Cut Signature PSA DNA #83722339
$39.00

Gary Carter Montreal Expos 1982 Fleer Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
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Ryan's 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. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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