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 ROOKIE CARD RC 1975 TOPPS #620 MINI BECKETT GRADED 8 NM-MINT BVG BGS
$84.99

Gary Carter SIGNED 2005 Donruss Greats Hall of Fame Autograph Game Used Bat card
$59.95

FREE SHIP GARY CARTER 1986 O-Pee-Chee #170 PSA 9 Mets
$11.99

1987 Fleer Star Stickers #20 Gary Carter PSA 8
$12.95

1986 Topps #170 Gary Carter PSA 10
$89.99

1986 FLEER #76 GARY CARTER METS HOF PSA 10 B1821474-640
$18.99

1975 TOPPS #620 GARY CARTER RC SGC 88 B1597481-040
$64.99

1990 Fleer Sealed Rack Rak Baseball Card Pack Sammy Sosa Rookie + Gary Carter!
$17.59

Gary Carter 2012 Topps Chasing History 300 Home Run AUTOGRAPH Mets Expos #CHA-GC
$29.99

1975 topps mini #620 GARY CARTER montreal expos rookie card BGS BCCG 8
$25.00

1975 Topps — Gary Carter (Rookie) #620 — PSA 8
$89.50

1991 GARY CARTER OPC #310 O PEE CHEE GIANTS PSA 10!
$20.99

40 METS GARY CARTER ODDBALL BASEBALL CARD COLLECTION
$11.00

1975 TOPPS ROOKIE CATCHERS-OUTFIELDERS-GARY CARTER NM-NM MT
$22.00

2013 Topps Gary Carter Autograph Chasing History Auto 1:993 packs New York Mets
$34.00

1983 TOPPS #404 GARY CARTER HOF NL ALL STAR PSA 10 GEM MINT
$13.49
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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,ROGER MCDOWELL 1986 WSCHAMPS NEW YORK METS JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO
$70.00

GARY CARTER EXPOS METS HOF SIGNED AUTOGRAPH ONL WHITE BASEBALL PSA DNA
$94.99

Gary Carter Signed Sports Illustrated 1980 Autographed Expos PSA DNA V50263
$59.95

GARY CARTER PSA DNA 1982 DONRUSS DIAMOND KING SIGNED CARD #2 DK AUTOGRAPH
$59.00

New York Mets Gary Carter Signed Autographed Jersey 9 Career Inscriptions JSA
$699.99

GARY CARTER JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED CHECK AUTOGRAPH
$59.00

Gary Carter Single Signed Autographed Auto Baseball JSA
$119.99

Gary Carter Signed 1984 Donruss Champions Card, #58, PSA.
$25.99

RARE MICKEY MANTLE GARY CARTER SIGNED 1985 NY SPORT ATHLETE BASEBALL PSA DNA
$479.00

Gary Carter Jesse Orosco 2012 Leaf Masterpiece Cut Signature auto signed 1 1 JSA
$108.47

PSA DNA 1982 DONRUSS DIAMOND KINGS GARY CARTER AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED CARD 83410520
$33.49

GARY CARTER,ROGER MCDOWELL 1986 WSCHAMPS NEW YORK METS JSA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO
$69.95

NY METS GARY CARTER 1986 WSCHAMPS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO W HOF JSA!
$59.95

Gary Carter signed 8x10 autographed photo New York Mets Hall of Famer PSA K00713
$125.00

Gary Carter Autographed Signed 1976 Topps Card #441 PSA DNA #83431473
$69.00

Gary Carter Signed Framed Patch Card Photo Auto 2003 UDA Authentics Upper Deck
$299.99
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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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