Steve Carlton Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Steve Carlton

Date of Birth: 12/22/1944
Rookie Card Year: 1965
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

Steve Carlton cards and memorabilia are quite affordable and undervalued for a Hall of Famer of his caliber. He was one of the most dominating left-handed pitchers of his era or any other. He was the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards. The ten-time All-Star also won a Gold Glove and two World Series Championships before retiring in 1988. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994, Carlton has two oddities to his career statistics worth mentioning. He holds the record for balks with 90, and in 1972, his win-loss record accounted for 46 percent of the Phillies' total wins.

The Steve Carlton rookie card can be found in 1965 Topps Baseball.

His autographs are readily available as he is a regular on the autograph circuit. Additionally, his signature has been used in hundreds of modern trading card sets.

Steve Carlton game-used items do come up occasionally. Past auctions have included road game jerseys from one of his Cy Young seasons and fielding gloves that sold for close to five figures. Most common are his game-used bats. The fact Carlton played the National League and the bats got little use make them rather plentiful but still highly collectible.

Steve Carlton Rookie Cards

1965 Topps Steve Carlton RC#477

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Steve Carlton's only true rookie card comes from an era where future Hall of Famers were often paired with obscure players who barely had a cup of coffee in the bigs. Such is the case with Carlton being paired with Fritz Ackley, who pitched all of 19 innings for the Chicago White Sox. Oddly enough, Carlton collectors would have to wait two years before seeing him showcased solo on his own card, the 1967 Topps Baseball card #146, having been omitted from the 1966 release.

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67 TOPPS STEVE CARLTON #146
$25.00
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1975 TOPPS "MINI" #185 STEVE CARLTON PSA 9 (MINT) (OC) PHILLIES HOF
$38.88
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2003 Playoff Portraits Steve Carlton #119 PSA Graded 10 POP 3
$30.00
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STEVE CARLTON Autograph Mitchell & Ness Pennant 2005 UD Past Time Pennants
$99.99
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Steve Carlton 2001 Donruss Diamond Kings Auto Signed 6
$199.99
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Steve Carlton St. Louis Cardinals 1972 Topps Card #420
$10.95
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Steve Carlton St. Louis Cardinals 1972 Topps Card #420 Pitcher
$14.95
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1975 Topps 185 Steve Carlton NM #D89277
$9.25
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1971 Topps 55 Steve Carlton VG-EX #D51673
$6.25
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1972 Topps 420 Steve Carlton VG-EX #D51696
$6.25
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1971 Topps 55 Steve Carlton EX #D54699
$7.75
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*****Steve Carlton**** Lot of 30 cards 20 DIFFERENT
$8.99
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1975 Topps 185 Steve Carlton EX-MT #D57852
$6.00
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STEVE CARLTON 1967 TOPPS CARD #146 VG EX
$16.20
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1978 Topps Steve Carlton #540 PSA NM 7 P110
$8.25
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1974 Topps STEVE CARLTON card # 95 *card 3*
$10.80
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Autograph Guide

Steve Carlton Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Steve Carlton'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, Schwartz Sports and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Steve Carlton Cut Signature Exemplar

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Steve Carlton Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Steve Carlton 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. Written in classic cursive script.
  2. The letters "S" and "C" are over-sized just a tad in comparison to the other letters.
  3. The letter 'S" contains and odd-long, closed loop at the bottom.
  4. The letter "t" is crossed on top.
  5. Depending on the pen used, the "e"'s will either be open or closed (open - ink; closed - Sharpie).
  6. The letter "C" is unique in that in addition to the classic shape, it contains a vertical, right leaning line on about a 70-degree angle.
  7. The remaining letters are all legible with a distinct "r", a closed loop "l", a "t" crossed as before.
  8. Again, the letter's "a and o" may be close looped if signed in Sharpie and open with a pen.
  9. The final letter "n" tails off to the right with a slight curve.

Steve Carlton Signed Baseball

Active Listings for Steve Carlton Signed Baseballs

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Steve Carlton Signed Photograph

Active Listings for Steve Carlton Signed Photographs

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STEVE CARLTON SIGNED 1983 WS FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$40.00
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JSA Authentic Signed Steve Carlton Auto National League Giamatti Baseball
$49.95
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Steve Carlton Signed Beckett Phillies James Spence (JSA)
$50.00
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STEVE CARLTON CY 72 77 80 82 Auto Autograph Signed Baseball Ball Phillies PSA
$89.99
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Steve Carlton Signed Sports Illustrated Photo 11x14 Phillies Baseball JSA
$69.52
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STEVE CARLTON SIGNED 1980 WS FDC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH
$41.00
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STEVE CARLTON AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA DNA SIGNED
$62.00
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STEVE CARLTON SIGNED 1974 TOPPS PSA DNA CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
$44.00
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Cardinals Steve Carlton HOF Phillies Autograph Signed 1971 Topps #55 JSA B
$29.99
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1965 Topps Steve Carlton Rookie #477 Signed Autograph PSA DNA
$135.00
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STEINER SPORTS STEVE CARLTON AUTOGRAPHED HAND SIGNED N.L. BASEBALL MLB COA NR
$54.95
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STEVE CARLTON Signed Auto Baseball PSA DNA
$53.99
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1981 TOPPS STEVE CARLTON #630 PHILLIES HOF SIGNED PSA D
$40.00
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1973 TOPPS STEVE CARLTON #300 PHILLIES HOF SIGNED PSA DNA GUARANTEE
$40.00
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STEVE CARLTON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SIGNING AFFIDAVIT , PHILLIES , PHOTO , JSA
$29.99
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Steve Carlton Signed 1980 World Series Phillies Cachet Envelope PSA DNA Auto
$29.99
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