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 211x300 Image

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1991-92 Hoops Prototypes 00 #5 Karl Malone Jazz
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1997 BOWMAN'S BEST REFRACTOR #BC4 KARL MALONE HOF POP 2 PSA 10 K1799654-754
$19.99
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87-88 Fleer Karl Malone #68 Jazz
$7.99
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1986 Fleer #68 Karl Malone - RC - PSA - 8 NM MT
$27.00
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2013-14 National Treasures KARL MALONE 1 1 Printing Plate!
$36.00
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KARL MALONE 94-95 STADIUM CLUB CLEAR CUT BGS 9 MINT
$9.99
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1987 FLEER PSA 9 MINT KARL MALONE-2ND YEAR PSA
$13.50
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12-13 Fleer Retro Basketball Z Force Super Rave #Z-32 Karl Malone 374 399 Jazz
$6.49
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1990 Skybox Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Karl Malone, Dennis Rodma, Johnson
$5.99
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1992 TOPPS ARCHIVES #66 KARL MALONE JAZZ HOF POP 1 PSA 10 K1478349
$13.99
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KARL MALONE and KEVIN MCHALE JERSEYS
$5.79
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2013-14 Panini Totally Certified Karl Malone Totally Silver Signatures SP
$99.99
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2002-03 Upper Deck Sweet Shot Sweet Swatches Jersey #KM-S Karl Malone Utah Jazz
$7.50
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2013-14 PANINI SELECT KARL MALONE AUTO JERSEY #11 30
$20.50
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2010 Upper Deck SP Karl Malone Scottie Pippen Game Used Jersey Card
$19.99
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KARL MALONE 2002-03 FLEER HOT SHOTS EN FUEGO GAME WORN JERSEY JAZZ FREE SHIPPING
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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 Cut Signature Image

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 Signed 1988 Sports Illustrated Magazine Autograph PSA DNA COA
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KARL MALONE signed 1990 Hoops card PSA DNA autographed HOF UTAH JAZZ
$49.99
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KARL MALONE signed 1989 Fleer card PSA DNA autographed HOF UTAH JAZZ
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KARL MALONE signed 1989 Fleer sticker PSA DNA autographed HOF UTAH JAZZ
$49.99
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KARL MALONE signed 1989 Hoops card PSA DNA autographed HOF UTAH JAZZ
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KARL MALONE SIGNED BECKETT GAI CERTIFIED NOT FRAMED NOT UDA.
$39.99
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Karl Malone Utah Jazz Signed I O Wilson Basketball JSA
$284.05
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Karl Malone Signed Jazz 16x20 Photo - UDA COA BAD92466
$165.00
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KARL MALONE SIGNED COLOR 8 10 UTAH JAZZ PSA DNA RARE!!!
$100.00
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Karl Malone Signed Sports Illustrated Jazz 11 07 88 JSA Auto
$49.99
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Karl Malone Signed Photo PSA DNA Encapsulated
$75.00
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KARL MALONE SIGNED JSA CERTED 5X7 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$47.00
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JAZZ KARL MALONE AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1989 HOOPS #116 PSA DNA SLABBED
$39.99
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JAZZ KARL MALONE AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1988 FLEER STICKER #8 PSA DNA SLABBED
$39.99
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JAZZ KARL MALONE AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1989 HOOPS #30 PSA DNA SLABBED
$39.99
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Authentic PSA DNA signed Karl Malone basketball card 1990 Skybox certified NM
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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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