Karl Malone Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Karl Malone

Date of Birth: 7/24/1963
Rookie Card Year: 1986-87
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Karl Malone is widely considered one of the best power forwards in NBA history and one of the top players without an NBA title. Although the lack of titles has hurt his collecting value, Karl Malone cards and autographs remain popular with collectors.

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Known as "The Mailman," because he always delivered, Karl Malone spent his college years at Louisiana Tech. His play there put him on the NBA radar and Malone was selected 13th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 1985 NBA Draft.

Malone would spend nearly his entire career with the Jazz and paired with John Stockton to form one of the best combos in the league. Although the team was always in playoff contention, including 19 consecutive playoff appearances for Malone, he could never claim the elusive NBA championship. Still hoping to obtain a title before he retired, Karl Malone joined Gary Payton on the Los Angeles Lakers in 2003, alongside Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. The team lost in the finals and Malone eventually retired.

Karl Malone left the game a 14-time All-Star, two-time regular season MVP, two-time All-Star MVP, and with the second most total points in NBA history. He also helped Team USA bring home gold medals in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics. Karl Malone was named as a member of the 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Although he was a an elite player for much of his career, "The Mailman" did not have a lot of modern autographed cards until recently. After a sizable hiatus, Malone signed for a variety of 2012-13 products from Upper Deck, Panini and Leaf. His autographed memorabilia is not in as great of supply, but he has signed more since he was inducted into the HOF.

Karl Malone Rookie Cards

1986-87 Fleer Karl Malone RC #68

While Michael Jordan will always be the top draw from 1986-87 Fleer, Malone is arguably one of the best options after MJ. The design has now entered collecting lore based on the relevance of the checklist and increased interest in basketball cards. One questionable aspect of the Karl Malone rookie card is the image. The photo utilized shows Malone quickly dribbling down the court, but his eyes are fixed on the ball, which is barely visible. The end result is something that resembles Malone reaching for the ball, while tripping, and throwing out his back in the process.

1986-87 Fleer Basketball Karl Malone RC

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2012-13 Fleer Retro 1997-98 Z Force Super Rave Karl Malone Utah Jazz #34 50
$24.99

uncut sheet Basketball Card KARL MALONE Isiah Thomas AKEEM OLAJUWON TOM CHAMBERS
$49.95

KARL MALONE 1998 FLEER 23KT GOLD "1986 ROOKIE" WCG GEM-MT 10 23KT GOLD CARD!
$14.99

1997 Finest Embossed #127 - Karl MALONE - PSA 10 pop 1
$19.99

2013 All Time Greats Karl Malone Banner Seasons Auto Patch Booklet Card 10 25
$26.09

1989 FLEER #155 KARL MALONE PSA 9
$9.99

2012-13 KARL MALONE PANINI GOLD STANDARD GOLD RUSH 14 KT #ED 19 25
$79.99

2012-13 Panini Past And Present Gamers Jumbo Game Jersey Karl Malone Utah Jazz
$6.99

2013-14 Panini Preferred Booklet VS Dual Jersey Book Tom Chambers Karl Malone
$19.99

2010-11 Limited Decade Dominance #15 Karl Malone 149
$5.00

2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Gold Records #10 Karl Malone 299
$5.00

1997-98 Stadium Club Bowman's Best Preview Refractors #BBP5 Karl Malone
$5.00

1998-99 Topps Chrome Refractors #145 Karl Malone - NM-MT+
$6.00

2010-11 Threads All-Time Big Men Materials #11 Karl Malone Jsy 399
$10.00

KARL MALONE #115 Oddball Mexican Beer Unique Basketball Card
$8.99

2000-01 SPx Winning Materials #MM1 Karl Malone Jersey Shorts - NM-MT+
$7.50
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Autograph Guide

Karl Malone Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Karl Malone'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. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories, to name a few.

Karl Malone Cut Signature Exemplar

Karl Malone Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Karl Malone signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature for Karl Malone is somewhat hard to decipher, but he is fairly consistent.
  2. A large cursive "K" starts things off, and is followed by an "a-r-l" that ends in a large swoop.
  3. Another letter combination occupies the middle and resembles the "a-r-l" from the first name. His middle name is Anthony and he sometimes signs "K-A-M", so it looks like his middle initial.
  4. The final name consists only of a large cursive "M" which loops and comes back to underline the letter and leads into a squiggle before his number - 32.

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Karl Malone PSA DNA Game Used and Signed Jersey Basketball Autographed Auto GU
$2,700.00

JAZZ KARL MALONE AUTHENTIC SIGNED MAGAZINE 1992 INSIDE SPORTS PSA DNA #U51532
$99.99

KARL MALONE UTAH JAZZ SIGNED WILSON WP BASKETBALL JSA #L16550
$279.00

Karl Malone Signed Utah Jazz 8x10 Photo PSA DNA - V22117
$120.00

Karl Malone Signed Utah Jazz 8x10 PSA DNA RARE VINTAGE
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Karl Malone Signed Beckett Magazine (back) Jazz May June 1990 PSA DNA Auto
$39.99

Karl Malone 1987-88 Fleer #68 Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$149.99

JSA AUTHENTIC Signed Karl Malone The Mailman on a Catapult LA Gear Shirt 2XL
$44.95

Karl Malone Signed 1991 Fleer Basketball Card Utah Jazz HOF JSA COA
$39.95

KARL THE MAILMAN MALONE SIGNED POSTER JSA AUTH UTAH JAZZ BASKETBALL COA AUTO NBA
$199.99

JAZZ KARL MALONE AUTHENTIC SIGNED MAGAZINE 1992 HOOP AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #T89162
$99.99

KARL MALONE SIGNED 5 12 97 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED JSA COA
$109.95

JAZZ KARL MALONE AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD CATERPILLAR TRADING CARD PSA DNA SLABBED
$49.99

JAZZ KARL MALONE AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1990 HOOPS #292 PSA DNA SLABBED
$49.99

Karl Malone Autographed Basketball Jersey JSA Dual Signed
$420.00

Karl Malone Jazz Dream Team NBA 50 Signed Autographed NBA I O Basketball JSA COA
$225.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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