Gary Carter Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Gary Carter

Date of Birth: 4/8/1954
Rookie Card Year: 1975
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Gary Carter ranks among the best catchers to ever play the game. Not surprisingly, there are lots Gary Carter cards and memorabilia for collectors to chase. Drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1972, Carter had a 19-year career in the majors. During that time he played for the Expos, Mets, Dodgers and Giants. Carter was an 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner.

The California native won a World Series Championship as a member of the 1986 New York Mets team. The awards, accolades, competitive spirit and contagious smile made Carter one of the most popular players of his generation. Gary Carter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Gary Carter card collectors have two rookies to choose from: 1975 Topps and 1975 O-Pee-Chee. Although not an official rookie, 1975 Topps Mini is another popular Gary Carter card.

A regular signer, collectors have tons of autographed Gary Carter cards to choose from as well. With his signature appearing on around 1,000 different cards, they are reasonably priced.

Signed Gary Carter memorabilia is also fairly common, due in large part to his willingness to regularly take part in shows and private signings. The most popular memorabilia pieces feature Carter in either his Expos or Mets uniform. The big-market Mets have a larger fanbase but Carter's Cooperstown plaque lists Montreal.

Gary Carter Rookie Card Guide

1975 Topps Baseball Gary Carter RC #620

Like most rookie cards from the era, Gary Carter shares his first big league card. Pictured alongside Marc Hill, Danny Meyer and Leon Roberts, the card remains very reasonably priced. While Carter's portrait is nice, the squished layout does not make for an attractive card. It's also held back due to the fact that none of the other players on the card had substantial careers.

1975 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Gary Carter RC #620

Gary Carters Cards - 1975 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Gary Carter RC

Nearly identical to the 1975 Topps Gary Carter card, his O-Pee-Chee rookie is much tougher to come by. The design is the same on the front. On the back, the 1975 O-Pee-Chee card is bilingual, written in both English and French. Also, the copyright states the card was printed in Canada.

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1983 Topps #404 Gary Carter PSA DNA Signed Auto Montreal Expos All Star
$40.00

1981 Topps 262-piece Baseball Sticker Set Gary Carter Mike Schmidt
$14.95

2005 Playoff Prime Cuts Gary Carter Auto Century Icons #10 25 Mets
$114.99

1991 GARY CARTER TOPPS DESERT SHIELD #120 *895
$10.00

1991 Fleer Ultra Update Gary Carter (HOF) (#U-86) (All 9.5 sub grades) BGS9.5
$75.00

1978 Topps #120 GARY CARTER PSA 8.5 (BB01)
$10.00

1987 DONRUSS 2 CARD PANEL GARY CARTER EXPOS METS +1976 1975 ARCHIVES BURGER KING
$15.72

Gary Carter Autographed Signed 1982 Topps Card #730 Montreal Expos Beckett BAS
$29.00

1982 Zellers MONTREAL EXPOS 6 x 3 card Panels Unhinged - Gary Carter
$12.00

(LOT OF 50) GARY CARTER-1987 TOPPS BASEBALL CARDS #602 NEW YORK METS (HOF)
$16.50

2017 Topps Museum CANVAS Collection 5x7 GOLD (# 10) GARY CARTER Mets #CCR-GC
$24.99

2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia TT-119 Gary Carter New York Mets Baseball Card
$39.24

2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia TT-119 Gary Carter New York Mets Baseball Card
$39.24

1984 Fleer Gary Carter #271 PSA 9 MINT
$10.95

1975 Topps Baseball Card Gary Carter ROOKIE Montreal Expos Near Mint # 620
$17.95

Gary Carter signed Campbell soup company legends of baseball
$15.95
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Autograph Guide

Gary Carter Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Gary Carter'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, Tristar and Sports Card Guaranty. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Gary Carter Cut Signature Exemplar

Gary Carter Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Gary 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:

  1. Entire signature is written on alevel horizontal plane.
  2. The signature displays near perfect penmanship written in standard, cursive.
  3. Each of the letters in the first name are clearly distinguishable with a curl on the tail end of the "G" resembling a sideways "D."
  4. The letter "C" is written with a lean to the left.
  5. The remaining letters of the last name are each distinguishable.
  6. The end of the letter "r" comes back across the top of the last few letters to cross the letter "t."

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1983 Topps #404 Gary Carter PSA DNA Signed Auto Montreal Expos All Star
$40.00

GARY CARTER NEW YORK METS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO W JSA STICKER
$65.00

GARY CARTER EXPOS,METS 86 CHAMPS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED BATTING GLOVE
$150.00

Gary Carter Authentic Autographed Signed HOF Plaque Postcard Mets, Expos PSA DNA
$129.00

Gary Carter Autographed Signed Carolina Clubs Bat Mets, Expos "HOF 2003" PSA DNA
$299.00

Gary Carter Autographed Signed Carolina Clubs Bat Mets, Expos "HOF 2003" PSA DNA
$299.00

Gary Carter Authentic Autographed Signed 1982 Fleer Card Montreal Expos PSA DNA
$69.00

JSA Authentic Signed Gary Carter Official League Baseball Auto W COA
$62.95

JSA Authentic Signed Gary Carter Auto Diamond Official League Baseball
$65.95

GARY CARTER Signed Autographed Rawlings 2003 All-Star Baseball PSA DNA AB64297
$175.00

1988 NL All Star Team Signed Baseball Greg Maddux Ryne Sandberg Gary Carter PSA
$695.00

Gary Carter signed 8x10 stat photo framed Mets coin autograph INS HOF 03 JSA COA
$169.99

GARY CARTER Signed Hall of Fame HOF Plaque Autographed Baseball PSA
$109.00

Gary Carter Signed OML Baseball (JSA COA) Mets Expos 11 X All Star
$189.95

Gary Carter Signed FDC - PSA DNA
$39.00

Gary Carter Signed 1983 Donruss - PSA DNA
$35.00
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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