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

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.

Top eBay Listings

2012 Goodwin Champions Mini Foil Magician Red Steve Carlton 4 12 B85 104
$33.00

1971 Topps 55 Steve Carlton NM #D203083
$21.25

1978 Topps 540 Steve Carlton NM-MT #D204767
$5.40

1967 Topps 146 Steve Carlton VG-EX #D208612
$16.25

1973 Topps 67 Strikeout Leaders Steve Carlton Nolan Ryan VG #D207636
$5.31

1967 Topps 146 Steve Carlton VG #D207531
$10.59

1973 Topps 67 Strikeout Leaders Steve Carlton Nolan Ryan VG #D207637
$5.31

1972 Topps 420 Steve Carlton EX-MT #D210103
$13.25

1967 Topps 146 Steve Carlton VG #D216483
$10.31

1967 Topps 146 Steve Carlton VG #D216485
$10.31

2005 Steve Carlton Sweet Spot Classic Upper Deck Authentic Game Used Phillies
$5.00

2005 Donruss Classics Legendary Players Gold #LP-41 Steve Carlton Baseball Card
$15.50

2005 Donruss Classics Legendary Players Gold #LP-41 Steve Carlton Baseball Card
$15.50

STEVE CARLTON ST. LOUIS CARDINAL P - 1971 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD #55 EX - FREE SHIP
$5.00

1965 Topps Original Rookie Star Fritz Ackley Cardinals Steve Carlton # 477 PSA 8
$337.50

1972 O-Pee-Chee #420 Steve Carlton St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Card
$19.00
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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

Steve Carlton Cut Signature

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

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Steve Carlton Signed Photograph

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Steve Carlton Signed Photo

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STEVE CARLTON SIGNED JSA 1984 STAR FULL PANEL SET AUTOGRAPH
$41.39

STEVE CARLTON 329 WINS PHILLIES HOF SIGNED AUTO VINTAGE BASEBALL JSA AUTHENTIC
$71.99

PSA-9 1965 Topps STEVE CARLTON signed auto ROOKIE card
$129.00

STEVE CARLTON - Signed PHILLES 11x14 Photo White Sox Twins Giants -PSA DNA COA
$71.99

Steve Carlton Hand Signed 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game Card PSA DNA HOF Auto
$39.99

Steve Carlton Signed Gold Glove Baseball "81 GG" PSA DNA Cert# 7A12120
$89.95

Steve Carlton (Cy 72,77,80,82) Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto Mounted Memories
$59.00

Steve Carlton Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto Mounted Memories
$39.00

Steve Lefty Carlton 329 Wins Signed Autographed Baseball Ball JSA COA*
$99.95

Steve Lefty Carlton Inscribed Cy Young Signed Autographed Baseball Ball JSA COA*
$109.95

Steve Carlton H&B Game Used Signed Bat Philadelphia Phillies PSA DNA GU 7
$1,995.00

Steve Carlton Signed HOF 94 Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball JSA
$125.00

Steve Carlton HOFer Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo with JSA
$27.88

STEVE CARLTON 1983 SIGNED FDC FIRST DAY COVER JSA CERT AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$34.95

Steve Carlton Signed Phillies Jersey Inscribed "HOF 94" (JSA COA)
$189.95

STEVE CARLTON 1980 SIGNED FDC FIRST DAY COVER JSA CERT AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$34.95
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. I just opened a topps baseball supreme steve carlton numbered to 10. It’s a scope sterling topps 2014 steve carlton autographed game-used patch. Where can I find the value of this card, I’ve looked everywhere. thanks for your time.

    Scott

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