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

1975 Topps Baseball Gary Carter 210x300 Image

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

1975 O Pee Chee Baseball Gary Carter 219x300 Image

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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500+ 1987 NEW YORK METS ASSORTED CARDS - GARY CARTER +
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GARY CARTER 2003 UD LEGENDARY CUTS HISTORIC SWATCHES 262 350 JERSEY CARD HOF
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1982 topps baseball rack pack from full box. 51 card version. GARY CARTER
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1991 Fleer Update Gary Carter HOF (#U-93) (Population of 2) BGS9.5 BGS
$54.95
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HUGE (90) DON MATTINGLY GARY CARTER 1987 M&Ms STAR LINEUP UNCUT PANEL LOT $$$
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PSA 10 GARY CARTER 2013 TOPPS ARCHIVES # 2 MONTREAL EXPOS
$12.99
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2002 Fleer Fall Classics Gary Carter - Lenny Dykstra Dual Relic - METS
$10.00
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1975 Topps GARY CARTER card # 620 *card 2*
$51.30
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Gary Carter 2003 Uupper Deck Legendary Cuts 292 of 350, #J-GC
$11.99
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Gary Carter 2005 Topps All Time #135 of 350, FFR-GC
$11.99
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Gary Carter 2001 Topps Stadium club “World Champions” card
$11.99
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1985 Fleer #393 GARY CARTER *BGS 9.5 GEM MINT* Expos Mets GREAT (HOF)
$19.95
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1991 Topps Desert Shield Gary Carter SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS uniform
$10.99
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1983 Topps GARY CARTER #370 BGS 9.5 Gem Mint w 10 9.5 10 9
$23.26
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2001 TOPPS ARCHIVES RESERVE ROOKIE REPRINT GARY CARTER BAT RELIC
$12.00
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2014 TOPPS TRIBUTE GARY CARTER BLUE PARALLEL # 23 99 METS
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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

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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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1978 Topps #120 GARY CARTER signed card PSA
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VINTAGE GARY CARTER SIGNED OFFICIAL NATIONAL LEAGUE (FEENEY) BASEBALL PSA DNA
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GARY CARTER HOF 03 Auto Autograph Signed Baseball Ball New York Mets PSA DNA
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GARY CARTER DARRYL STRAWBERRY KEITH HERNANDEZ SIGNED NY METS 11X14 PHOTO JSA
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GARY CARTER SIGNED PHOTO - JSA
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GARY CARTER Signed Expos Baseball Card JSA
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GARY CARTER HOF 2003 Signed 34" Adirondack Baseball Bat -PSA DNA Authenticated
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METS GARY CARTER AUTHENTIC SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA SLABBED
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Gary Carter Signed Custom Expos Baseball Card PSA DNA COA Autograph Hall of Fame
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1983 DONRUSS GARY CARTER #340 EXPOS HOF SIGNED DEC PSA DNA GUARANTEE
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1982 FLEER GARY CARTER #635 EXPOS HOF SIGNED DEC PSA DNA GUARANTEE
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1982 FLEER GARY CARTER #185 EXPOS HOF SIGNED DEC PSA DNA GUARANTEE
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1983 TOPPS GARY CARTER AS #404 EXPOS HOF SIGNED DEC PSA DNA GUARANTEE
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1981 FLEER GARY CARTER #142 EXPOS HOF SIGNED DEC PSA DNA GUARANTEE
$40.00
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1981 DONRUSS GARY CARTER #90 EXPOS HOF SIGNED DEC PSA DNA GUARANTEE
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GARY CARTER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 PHOTO NEW YORK METS 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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