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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1970 Topps Steve Carlton #220 PSA VG-EX 4 P155
$8.75
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1985 TOPPS MINI # 360 STEVE CARLTON TAN PROOF BGS 8 SOLO FINES ( 1 OF 5 MADE ) *
$636.00
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2005 UPPER DECK BASEBALL HEROES AUTO MEMORABILIA STEVE CARLTON # 3 5
$175.00
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Steve Carlton - 129 Baseball cards Lot Collection Philadelphia Phillies
$14.95
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1975 Philadelphia Phillies Team set - Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton
$24.99
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1984 OPC Steve Carlton AS HOF GMA Graded 9
$12.00
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1981 Fleer Steve Carlton HOF (#06) BCCG10 BCCG
$9.95
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1987 Donruss Steve Carlton # 617 MLB*
$9.99
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1971 Topps Steve Carlton St. Louis Cardinals #55 Baseball Card {SET BREAK}
$9.99
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2005 ULTIMATE IMMORTAL INSCRIPTIONS STEVE CARLTON LEFTY AUTO 99 SIG EDITION
$159.99
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1970 Topps Steve Carlton #220 Baseball Card
$5.00
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1999 Upper Deck Century Legends Epic Signatures #SC - STEVE CARLTON
$19.99
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2004 SP Legendary Cuts Bat STEVE CARLTON PHILLIES
$5.00
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2007 Sp Legendary Signature Cuts Warren Spahn Steve Carlton AUTO # d 1 of 1
$500.00
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1978 Topps OPeeChee Steve Carlton BGS 10 PRISTINE 10 Pop. 1 WOW!
$1,500.00
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2004 Leaf Certified Steve Carlton Fabric of the Game AUTO 5
$100.00
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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

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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

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Steve Carlton Signed Photograph

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Steve Carlton Phillies Signed Baseball Autographed Auto PSA DNA T82091
$45.00
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Steve Carlton SIGNED 8x10 Photo + 4 x NL Cy Young Phillies PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$85.00
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STEVE CARLTON signed auto Baseball HOF JSA
$44.99
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Steve Carlton gold Signed retirement Photo-Phillies-JSA
$22.99
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STEVE CARLTON SIGNED PHILLIES 16X20 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COVER MLB PHOTO - JSA
$48.50
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Steve Carlton Signed Baseball "HOF 94" Inscription Professional Sports (PSA DNA)
$124.95
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STEVE CARLTON SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$26.00
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PHILLIES STEVE CARLTON "4X CY" SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #V16217
$79.99
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2010 Steve Carlton Signed Autograph Panini Century Card 01 32 MLB
$49.99
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STEVE LEFTY CARLTON FULL NAME SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NL BASEBALL PSA DNA COA #W95292
$67.00
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Steve Carlton Signed Auto Autograph Baseball JSA 1972 Triple Crown HOF
$79.99
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Steve Carlton Signed Framed Phillies Cooperstown Jersey Steiner COA Ho
$499.99
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Steve Carlton Signed Autographed 8 x 10 Plaque Card PSA DNA Authentic
$59.99
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Steve Carlton Signed Autographed ONL Baseball PSA DNA Authentic
$49.99
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STEVE CARLTON "HOF 94" Signed CARDINALS 8x10 Photo + JSA witness COA W653580
$39.00
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STEVE CARLTON "HOF 94" Signed CARDINALS 8x10 Photo + JSA witness COA W653582
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