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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1975 # 620 Gary Carter HOF "Rookie" Excellent (A11050)
$12.95

1984 TOPPS #450 GARY CARTER LOT OF 160+ NMMT B34849
$40.48

1985 TOPPS #719 GARY CARTER LOT OF 90+ NMMT B34854
$19.00

Lot of 12 GARY CARTER 1980s Baseball Cards NMT MT
$12.95

1984 TOPPS #393 GARY CARTER ALLSTAR CARD GRADED 8, ORIGINAL
$12.00

Lot of 28 N Y Mets Baseball Card Sticker Logo All Star Special Gary Carter
$10.00

1975 Topps # 620 Gary Carter Near Mint HOF "Rookie" (B3832)
$19.99

1984 team set lot MONTREAL EXPOS NESTLE TOPPS GARY CARTER ANDRE DAWSON REARDON
$11.06

1975 TOPPS ROOKIES GARY CARTER HILL MEYER ROBERTS EX MT #620 CENTERED 12814
$14.00

1975 TOPPS ROOKIES GARY CARTER HILL MEYER ROBERTS EX MT #620 12814
$12.00

Gary Carter 2013 Topps Chrome Refractor Auto - Redemption Replacement - NY METS
$39.99

1984 TOPPS #450 GARY CARTER LOT OF 400+ NMMT B34912
$104.72

2013 Topps Supreme Gary Carter Supreme Stylings Auto 10
$59.99

2005 Throwback Threads Timelines Gary Carter autograph auto jersey #D22 50 *4621
$35.00

1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Gary Carter ( EXPOS ) AUTOGRAPH AUTO Card! ON CARD
$59.99

Gary Carter 1 1 - 2014 Leaf Legends Of The Diamond Color Sketch Card -Jay Pangan
$19.99
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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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GARY CARTER & WALLY JOYNER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA #H29570 RARE
$69.98

GARY CARTER SIGNED BATTING GLOVE WITH JSA CERT. NEW YORK METS
$125.00

Gary Carter Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Marlins PSA DNA #Q93442
$49.00

GARY CARTER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED VINTAGE EXPOS PHOTO FRAMED TO 13X15 PSA DNA COA
$34.99

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

1982 Donruss #2 Gary Carter Diamond Kings PSA DNA Autograph Signed Mets HOF
$24.99

Expos Gary Carter Signed Auto 1980 Topps Card #79 JSA Certified Authentic
$39.95

Expos Gary Carter Signed Auto 1983 Topps Card #370 JSA Certified Authentic
$39.95

Expos Gary Carter Signed Auto 1977 Topps Card #295 JSA Certified Authentic
$49.95

GARY CARTER AUTOGRAPHED FINEST MOMENTS PSA MINT 9 SIGNED BEAUTIFUL CARD
$99.00

GARY CARTER VINTAGE SIGNED PSA DNA 1977 TOPPS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$46.00

Signed Gary Carter HOF Phil Pepe book autobiography Still a Kid at Heart JSA COA
$30.00

GARY CARTER SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD EXPOS METS 1986 WS CHAMP HOF GAI
$79.99

KEITH HERNANDEZ MY CO CAPTAIN GARY CARTER 1984-89 JSA COA SIGNED MLB BASEBALL
$125.00

Gary Carter Signed 8 x 10 Photo Expos PSA DNA Auto
$26.99

Gary Carter Bud Harrelson Signed 8 x 10 Photo 1986 Mets JSA Auto
$40.49
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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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