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.

Top eBay Listings

Lot 7 Montreal Expos Pocket Schedules 1977, 1978 etc. Gary Carter
$14.99

2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS GARY CARTER #206 EXPOS AUTO #8 100 (JERSEY #) (ref 3856)
$48.95

1975 INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STARS TCMA #21 GARY CARTER PSA 9 *MINT*
$49.99

2005 UD HALL OF FAME GARY CARTER #EE-GC2 EXPOS ENSHRINEMENT AUTO #4 5 (ref 3857)
$99.95

1978 TOPPS GARY CARTER 138 BASEBALL CARDS LOT PSA $$$$ HIGH END COLLECTION
$15.99

1985 Topps Traded Gary Carter hof autograph #17T Mets NM MT
$12.50

2001 Topps Archives Reserve Gary Carter Game Used Bat Card #ARR29
$14.99

2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS GARY CARTER #206 EXPOS AUTO #47 50 (ref 3859)
$42.95

2014 National Treasures Booklet Legends Gary Carter Bat Relic Cut Auto 1 10 #68
$51.00

1975 Topps Gary Carter Rookie Baseball Card 620 Hall of Fame Expos New York Mets
$14.99

2005 Topps Pristine Personal Endorsements Autograph Auto Gary Carter Mets Signed
$19.99

1983 FLEER #638 CARLTON FISK GARY CARTER PSA 10 SHARP!
$31.99

2014 Leaf Famous Fabrics Ink Big Apple Baseball PATCH relic Gary Carter 33 50
$14.99

1981 Perma Graphics GARY CARTER Montreal Expos
$10.00

1988 Topps Tiffany GARY CARTER #530
$14.99

1988 Topps Tiffany GARY CARTER #579
$14.99
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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."

Gary Carter Signed Baseball

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Gary Carter Signed Photo

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Top eBay Listings

Gary Carter Autographed Signed 1976 Topps Card #441 PSA DNA #83450111
$55.00

1986 Mets World Series Team Signed Baseball w Gary Carter PSA DNA (29 Autos)
$64.00

2003 Donruss Team Heroes Gary Carter JSA BVG BGS Authentic Autograph Signed IB33
$27.50

2002 Topps Archives #105 Gary Carter JSA BVG BGS Authentic Autograph Signed IB33
$40.00

2001 Topps America Pie Gary Carter JSA BVG BGS Authentic Autograph Signed IB27
$35.00

2003 Donruss Team Heroes Gary Carter JSA BVG BGS Authentic Autograph Signed IB31
$27.50

GARY CARTER SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA #J54157
$89.99

GARY CARTER EXPOS SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED 1983 TOPPS AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$44.00

GARY CARTER SIGNED PSA DNA CERT METS TEAM ISSUE PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$45.00

GARY CARTER SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$48.00

GARY CARTER SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$48.00

GARY CARTER,ROGER MCDOWELL 1986 WSCHAMPS NEW YORK METS JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO
$70.00

Gary Carter Signed 8x10 Photo New York Mets Montreal Expos MLB Baseball JSA COA
$49.95

Gary Carter Signed Sports Illustrated 1980 Autographed Expos PSA DNA V50263
$53.95

Autographed Signed GARY CARTER Inscribed HOF Baseball Jersey PSA DNA COA! HOF 03
$66.75

New York Mets Gary Carter Signed Autographed Inscribed HOF 2003 Baseball JSA
$124.99
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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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