Monthly Archives: October 2008

Expect increased interest in Ernie Davis' cards with The Express

With Universal Pictures’ The Express opening in theaters this week, there will undoubtedly be a few collectors with added interest in the football cards of Ernie Davis.

Davis, a star for Syracuse who was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, was the No. 1 pick in the 1962 draft but never played in the NFL because he was diagnosed with leukemia. He died in May 1963 at age 23 and his team, the Cleveland Browns, retired his jersey not long thereafter.

He has one officially recognized rookie card, which comes in the 1962 Topps set (No. 36, above). It’s a short-printed and condition-sensitive card that books for $150. However, he also has a card in the less widely distributed 1961 Nu-Card set of college stars. And, believe it or not, he has appeared on just a dozen cards total.

Look for more on The Express and Davis’ cards from Beckett soon.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at

You'll have no reason to Rumble over this piece of WWE memorabilia

World Wrestling Entertainment 2008 Royal Rumble autograph plaque. (WWE photo)

World Wrestling Entertainment 2008 Royal Rumble autograph plaque. (WWE photo)

With my first blog post here at Beckett Media, I figured I’d throw out something that you might not expect — yet something that more than a few collectors might be interested in.

A piece of professional wrestling memorabilia.

It’s a plaque for the 2008 Royal Rumble, limited to only 500 copies, which includes a piece of ring mat and ring rope used during the event held in Madison Square Garden — along with the autographs of 11 WWE stars. Included are the signatures of John Cena, Jeff Hardy, Beth Phoenix, CM Punk, Mr. Kennedy, The Miz, John Morrison, Tommy Dreamer, Hornswoggle, William Regal and Hardcore Holly.

It’s a solid piece of WWE memorabilia that can currently be found in the clearance “aisle” of for half price ($99.98).

Why did I choose this item to write about? Consider this …

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