Rookie Card Year: 1989
Investment Rating: 5.5
Cris Carter's long awaited arrival to the Pro Football Hall of Fame finally came to fruition in 2013. As a result, his football cards and autographed memorabilia saw an immediate spike in value. While many considered him to be a lock for induction upon his original eligibility in 2008, Carter would have to repeat the process repeatedly over the next five years. During that time the prices of his memorabilia items and graded rookie cards fluctuated as collectors hedged their bets on his eventual election.
Cris Carter has three rookie cards, all of which were released in 1989. Unfortunately for collectors, this period of time in the hobby was rife with overproduction and the natural economic laws of supply and demand prohibited all but his highest graded cards from seeing any significant value. In addition to his three rookie cards, Carter also has a 1989 Panini Sticker.
Carter's first certified autograph card is in 1992 Pro Line Portraits. One of his most popular early signature cards can be found in the 1997 Leaf Signatures set, which has a stated print run of 2,500 copies. Chris Carter's first memorabilia card is part of the 1996 Collector's Edge Advantage set and contains a piece of a game-used football.
Carter is an analyst for ESPN and has remained in the public eye since his retirement in 2002. His autographed memorabilia is not as plentiful as that of other wide receivers of his era. However, since his induction the supply has increased but values remain strong commiserate with the demand.
Cris Carter Rookie Card Checklist
The Pro Set cards of 1989 were printed in an amazingly ridiculous quantity. They used a thinner card stock than traditional cards and, despite good photography and commentary on the card backs, they never received a lot respect from collectors.
The clean design, vibrant borders and great photograph, make for a decent card. Unfortunately, it too suffers from the production proliferation of the era as well. But that can be argued for all three of his rookie cards. Thanks to the popularity of the set as a whole, this is Carter's most valuable rookie card.
Overproduction can once again be argued as the main factor for holding this card back. Even top-grade cards from PSA and BGS can be found for very reasonable amounts.
Cris Carter Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Cris Carter 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, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Cris Carter Signature Example
Cris Carter Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Cris Carter signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A unique, albeit short signature.
- The first letter "C" is angular with a vertical line on a 60-degree angle and a down stroke that forms part of a right leaning triangle, a small scribble horizontal line at the bottom and a dot, imply the other letters.
- The second character combines to form what looks like a star, a nearly vertical line extends down to the horizontal plane, what resembles an awkward and large looking "S" cross the vertical line once.
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