Cris Carter Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Cris Carter

Date of Birth: 11/25/1965
Rookie Card Year: 1989
Investment Rating: 5.5


Overview

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

1989 Pro Set Cris Carter RC #314

1989 Pro Set Cris Carter RC

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.

1989 Score Cris Carter RC #72

1989 Score Cris Carter RC

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.

1989 Topps Cris Carter RC #121

1989 Topps Cris Carter RC

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.

Top eBay Listings

1997 Topps Mystery Finest Silver Cris Carter
$5.00

1996 SELECT CERTIFIED MIRROR RED CRIS CARTER #38 HOF 90 MADE VIKINGS (201)
$45.99

1996 CRIS CARTER SELECT CERTIFIED MIRROR BLUE #38 PRINT RUN OF 50 VIKINGS (880)
$39.99

1989 Score #72 - CRIS CARTER RC - PSA 7 NM (Near Mint) - Phil EAGLES Rookies
$10.89

1991 Pro Set 39-card Factory Football Final Update Set Cris Carter +++
$7.49

NFL HUGE 50 CARD LOT OF CRIS CARTER OF THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS HOF NO DUPS
$5.00

1989 PRO SET #314 CRIS CARTER RC LOT 60 MINT F65880
$8.50

2016 Certified Mirror Orange Vikings Football Card #118 Cris Carter IMM 225
$5.00

CRIS CARTER 1996 Advantage Video Diecut #V10
$10.99

Lot of (7) 1989 Score Cris Carter #72 Rookies
$12.99

CRIS CARTER SIGNED CARD 1991 PINNACLE #125 JSA Cert #L69458 AUTOGRAPH
$19.99

2001 Leaf Certified - CRIS CARTER - Fabric of the Game Jersey Patch #d 51 80
$39.99

Cert. AU-F 1520 - 1995 Classic # 20 - Cris Carter (HOF) - Authentic Autograph
$19.95

Cert. AU-F 1525 - 1990 Fleer # 81 - Cris Carter - (HOF) - Authentic Autograph
$19.95

1998 Upper Deck #148 Cris Carter Vikings NM MT G0223
$7.75

1992 PRO SET SIGNED CRIS CARTER AUTO WITH JSA COA
$19.99
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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.

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