Rookie Card Year: 1975
Investment Rating: 7.0
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
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.
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.
1975 # 620 Gary Carter HOF "Rookie" Excellent (A11050)
1984 TOPPS #450 GARY CARTER LOT OF 160+ NMMT B34849
1985 TOPPS #719 GARY CARTER LOT OF 90+ NMMT B34854
Lot of 12 GARY CARTER 1980s Baseball Cards NMT MT
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:
- Entire signature is written on alevel horizontal plane.
- The signature displays near perfect penmanship written in standard, cursive.
- 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."
- The letter "C" is written with a lean to the left.
- The remaining letters of the last name are each distinguishable.
- 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
Gary Carter Signed Bat
Gary Carter Signed Jersey
Gary Carter Signed Photo
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