As I noted in an earlier blog post, I grew up a huge fan of Joe Carter. I can still remember exactly where I was when he hit the home run that won the 1993 World Series.
I have a small collection of Joe Carter cards, and am looking to add everything I can, from expensive to worthless, as I continue to collect.
This is a Carter autograph I picked up from Ebay a few months ago. It's a really sharp looking card released by Upper Deck about ten years ago. Topps rarely features Carter in their card releases, so now the only modern Joe Carter cards come from Panini, which I am not a fan of.
This is another autographed card, from UD Premier. I normally don't bother collecting sticker autos, but this is a nice card and I will literally buy everything featuring Joe Carter. If it's another player, I wouldn't bother with a sticker auto as I dislike the concept.
A Carter game used jersey card, featuring him with the Padres. They were the last team Joe played for before he and Roberto Alomar were traded to the Jays.
A nice looking game used bat card released by Fleer a few years ago, featuring a horizontal design and Joe with the Jays.
One of my favourite cards. This is a Sweet Spot Classic card released by Upper Deck, hand numbered to only 123 copies. I love the concept of the autograph on the piece of baseball. This is the card I've owned the longest now, as I got out of collecting a few years ago and sold off my entire collection. I decided to keep only this card, as I just couldn't part with it, knowing that it is hard to come by.
This is a serial numbered card to nine copies, featuring a piece of Joe's uniform from his time with the Padres. The card was released a few years ago by Leaf. It doesn't feature a picture of Joe himself, as I'm guessing Leaf didn't have an agreement with Joe for his likeness. I actually do not like Leaf cards very much, as they focus on game used memorabilia too much and I find the design of their cards quite ugly. Leaf also has the bad habit of making cards for players they do not have likeness rights for, and simply do what they did with this card and include art of the player's jersey rather than a photograph of the player himself. I think Leaf releases mostly unlicensed junk and I am always skeptical of the authenticity of game used pieces from any company, but I will collect anything Joe Carter, which is how this card ended up in my collection.
And last, but not least, an autograph 8x10 photograph of Joe after hitting his famous home run. The autograph has been authenticated by Beckett. I picked this up on Ebay a few months ago, but have yet to have it framed. I need to figure out if I am going to put it on my wall, or stand it up on a shelf.