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 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Marks of Fame Triple-AU 1 1 PSA 7 Gary Carter
$225.00

1979 Topps #520 Gary Carter PSA 9 Montreal Expos Baseball Card 2u8
$29.99

GARY CARTER 2013 TOPPS REPLACEMENT RED REFRACTOR AUTO AUTOGRAPH #20 99
$39.96

2011 Playoff Contenders 11 Gary Carter 49 Montreal Expos Auto Baseball Card 2u8
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1976 Topps #441 Gary Carter BVG 4 Montreal Expos Baseball Card 1p5
$10.00

1976 Topps #441 Gary Carter BVG 7.5 Montreal Expos Baseball Card 0c6
$14.00

1976 SSPC #334 Gary Carter Montreal Expos Baseball Card 1j6
$13.00

2013 Topps Supreme Stylings Autographs Sepia #SS-GCA Gary Carter 35 Auto 0w3
$42.25

1982 Zellers Baseball Pro Tips Montreal Expos #13 Gary Carter New York Mets 1q2
$11.00

1987 Fleer #4 Gary Carter PSA 10 New York Mets Baseball Card 0q3
$31.00

1991 Upper Deck #176 Gary Carter PSA 10 San Francisco Giants Baseball Card 0q3
$31.00

1992 Topps #45 Gary Carter PSA 10 Los Angeles Dodgers New York Mets Card 0q3
$31.00

1987 Fleer #634 Gary Carter Roger Clemens PSA 10 Baseball Card 0q3
$31.00

1988 Fleer Glossy #636 Gary Carter Mike Schmidt PSA 10 Philadelphia Phillies 0q3
$31.00

1975 Topps 620 Gary Carter Marc Hill Dan Meyer Leon Roberts RC Baseball Card 0d8
$10.00

1975 Topps #620 Gary Carter Marc Hill Dan Meyer Leon Roberts PSA 8 RC Card 0c6
$121.00
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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 EXPOS,METS 86 CHAMPS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED BATTING GLOVE
$150.00

Gary Carter Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA COA
$60.00

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

GARY CARTER Signed Autographed Rawlings 2003 All-Star Baseball PSA DNA AB64297
$175.00

GARY CARTER AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA 1983 DONRUSS ACTION ALL STARS #58 SIGNED
$29.95

Gary Carter Signed Book A Dream Season PSA DNA Autographed
$29.99

GARY CARTER - SIGNED AUTHENTIC GOLF BALL Giants LA Dodgers NY Mets - JSA COA
$71.99

1989 DONRUSS #53 VINTAGE SIGNED CARD GARY CARTER METS HOF DEC PSA DNA
$79.99

VINTAGE SIGNED TRADING CARD GARY CARTER EXPOS HOF DEC PSA DNA
$24.99

Gary Carter (d.2012) Signed Team Issued Photograph Autographed Expos Mets JSA
$34.99

Gary Carter Dale Murphy Juan Marichal Joe Black +2 Signed Baseball PSA DNA COA
$179.99

1983 TOPPS #404 GARY CARTER PSA DNA SIGNED AUTO JGR0903
$59.99

AWESOME Gary Carter Signed Personal Bank Check (PSA DNA Encapsulated)
$50.00

Trading Card Gary Carter PSA DNA Signed Auto Expos
$40.00

Gary Carter Signed Auto Autograph 8x10 Photo - JSA - Expos Mets HOF Gold Glove
$59.00

Gary Carter Signed Auto Autograph 8X10 Photo - JSA - HOF 1986 World Series S133
$49.00
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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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