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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2004 UPPER DECK 3 DIMENSIONS GAME JERSEY KARL MALONE LAKERS 3DS47 BX54
$8.99

2008-09 (JAZZ) SP Rookie Threads SP Threads Dual #TDMB Carlos Boozer Karl Malone
$12.00

Karl Malone Keith Van Horn Autograph Co-Signers Topps 97 98 Stadium Club
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2002-03 (JAZZ) Stadium Club Photo Proof Parallel #77 Karl Malone 500
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2007-08 (JAZZ) Chronology #56 Karl Malone 250
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2015 National Treasures Carmelo Anthony Karl Malone DUAL Auto #4 10
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Karl Malone 2014-15 Panini Prestige Bonus Shots Game Used Relic 02 25
$12.28

2014-15 PANINI PRIZM #183 KARL MALONE PURPLE REFRACTOR DIE-CUT #88 139 UTAH JAZZ
$9.95

1992-93 Ultra Jam Session MICHAEL JORDAN Scottie Pippen KARL MALONE Augmon SP
$5.95

1996-97 Metal Decade of Excellence KARL MALONE Rare Foil SP 1:100 1986-87 RC Rep
$19.95

1991-92 FLEER BASKETBALL NBA SCHOOLYARD STARS INSERT KARL MALONE #5 OF 6
$5.00

KARL MALONE 1997-98 97-98 Upper Deck "Great Eight" #G6 - #500 800 - Utah Jazz
$19.75

Karl Malone 2014-15 National Treasures Signatures On Card Auto 11 35
$42.00

Karl Malone 2014-15 Panini National Treasures Sneaker Swatches Patch 35 49
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Karl Malone Utah Jazz 1992 SkyBox USA Ten Card Subset
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Karl Malone 2014-15 National Treasures Night Moves Prime Patch Auto 08 10
$11.50
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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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PSA DNA SIGNED CUT SIGNATURE KARL MALONE *I1822
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KARL MALONE SIGNED JSA & STEINER COA 8X10 PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPHED AUTOGRAPH JAZZ
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Karl Malone Index Card PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph Signed *9347
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Karl Malone 1994 Caterpillar Trading Card Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
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Karl Malone Jazz Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z11634
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Karl Malone Jazz NBA I O Basketball Signed Auto Autograph PSA DNA V49728
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KARL MALONE JAZZ DUAL AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA
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Dennis Rodman Signed WCW 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA Autograph Picture w Karl Malone
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Karl Malone Caterpillar Trading Card Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
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Karl Malone Signed Autographed & Game Used Worn Wrist Band JSA
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Karl Malone Signed Autographed & Game Worn Used Wrist Band JSA
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KARL MALONE UTAH JAZZ PSA DNA SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
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1993-94 ULTRA FLEER KARL MALONE UTAH JAZZ AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA SIGNED AU STAMP AUTO
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Karl Malone 1990 Fleer AUTOGRAPH HOF Signed PSA DNA Auto PSA 9 041
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Karl Malone 1991 Skybox AUTOGRAPH HOF Signed PSA DNA Auto PSA 9 116
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Jazz Karl Malone Signed NBA 50 PAGE Framed MATTED JSA CERT FREE SHIPPING
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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. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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