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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2013 Topps Triple Threads Lot of 6, Dustin Pedroia Gary Carter # 250 # 125 # 650
$14.99
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2012 Topps Blockbusters #BP-4 Hat Logo GARY CARTER New York Mets
$10.99
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Gary Carter 2013 Topps Redemption Replacement Autograph Mets Auto
$12.99
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1988 Fleer Mike Schmidt Gary Carter "Tried & True Sluggers" #636 PSA 9 MINT
$10.00
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2013 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS GARY CARTER WHITE WHALE AUTO JERSEY PRINTING PLATE 1 1
$399.99
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GARY CARTER 1991 Upper Deck #758 *BGS 9.5 GEM MINT* Expos & Mets ALL-STAR (HOF)
$18.88
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Lot of 17, 1978 Topps Gary Carter
$11.99
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Gary Carter 34 Card Lot All Different with 1975 Topps RC PSA 7 NM
$35.00
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GARY CARTER 1976 Kellogg's 3D #34 PSA MINT 9
$19.99
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Gary Carter Historic Swatches jersey card 319 350 Montreal Expos 2003 UD
$13.00
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2003 Donruss Classics Gary Carter Legendary Spikes GU Shoe #18 50 LS5
$14.00
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2003 Sweet Spot Classic Greats Gary Carter Expos Autograph Black Ink # 173 BGS 9
$45.00
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Gary carter baseball card lot 250 cards total
$40.00
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2011 Topps Tribute - Gary Carter - Autograph Relic - Montreal Expos HOF 58 75
$25.99
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1975 Topps #620 Gary Carter Autographed Signed Rookie Card HOF
$125.00
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2002 Gary Carter Topps Archives Reserve Autograph Auto ON CARD Expos
$100.00
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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

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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 Jersey

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Gary Carter Signed Photo

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GARY CARTER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 10 6 80 PSA DNA
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Gary Carter Signed 1982 Topps - PSA DNA
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GARY CARTER EXPOS METS HOF SIGNED AUTOGRAPH ONL WHITE BASEBALL PSA DNA
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GARY CARTER Show Signed Mets 8x10 Photo -JSA Authenticated
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KEITH HERNANDEZ MY CO-CAPTAIN GARY CARTER 84-89,METS JSA COA SIGNED MLB BASEBALL
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Gary Carter Signed 1982 Donruss Diamond Kings PSA DNA Authentic Auto Expos HOF
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GARY CARTER SIGNED PSA DNA TEAM ISSUED PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
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Gary Carter signed 1992 Cubs vs Expos baseball ticket stub Psa Dna
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Gary Carter Single Signed & Inscribed, "#8" Baseball. PSA DNA Mint 9 Autograph 9
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1986 New York Mets JSA Vintage Signed 9 Feeney Baseball Set w Case Gary Carter
$999.95
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GARY CARTER Signed Autographed Rawlings Official OAL Baseball Ball JSA J42511
$118.00
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Gary Carter signed Mets 8x10 photo PSA DNA cert PROOF!!
$80.00
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Gary Carter Autographed Signed 1982 Donruss Card #2 PSA DNA #83504800
$29.00
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GARY CARTER PSA DNA SIGNED 8X10 EXPOS PHOTOGRAPH CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH!
$59.95
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GARY CARTER & ROGER MCDOWELL PSA DNA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTOGRAPH CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPHS
$54.95
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GARY CARTER SIGNED OFFICIAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL "HOF 2003" PSA DNA COA
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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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