Cashing in With the Olympics

I was chatting today with some of the guys in the office about the Olympics, and Joe Clemens, one of the pricing analysts for Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly, shot over the following information regarding Michael Phelps cards:

Just came across these Phelps cards while pricing 2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars
Football. He has two cards in the product: 2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars Fans of the Game and Fans of the Game Autograph.

One of the regular cards actually sold for $150 but most of the recent ones
are in the $50-$75 range.

Some of the autographs cards have brought $800.

It always amazes me what prices can be had when a figure is in the public spotlight. See me now – cash in now.

So if Phelps is the Golden Boy, what about the Golden Girls? Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh rolled through the Olympics, stretching their matches won streak well past triple digits. When are they going to become stars of cards – especially when they relayed they would be in London in four years?

If sports cards can continue to filter in political and entertainment cards in its baseball sets, etc., why aren’t the Olympians added more often. What would you rather have  – guitar heroes or Olympians?

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