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MUSICAL MEMORIES: Golden Age retail exclusives capture collector attention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Each and every blaster box of this year’s Golden Age baseball card set from Panini America includes a guaranteed memorabilia card inside — and it’s likely from one of several icons found in the product’s Legends of Music set.

There are four performers in the eight-card set — Hank Williams, Liberace, Joey Ramone and Willie Nelson — and all but Ramone appear on more than one card.

Some of Nelson’s three cards feature swatches from his famous red bandanas (but not all), while the others have swatches from clothing pieces purchased at auction.

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Two other sets are listed on the Golden Age checklist — a one-card “Leader of the Pack” release for Frank Sinatra, and a two-card “Memphis King” set for Elvis Presley.

Because there are some debut memorabilia cards in this lineup and they are only found in retail boxes, there has been strong demand for these cards not long after release. Williams cards have sold for as much as $75 online, while Nelsons have sold for as much as $50, Ramones have sold for as high as $30 and Liberaces have for as much as $20.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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3 Comments

Jonathan W. Iwanski

Chris, “likely” means “highly probable”. If it’s highly probable a Williams, Liberace, Ramone, or Nelson is in every single box, aren’t people overpaying?

Posted July 28, 2014 at 9:02 am | Permalink
chrisolds

The music mem cards are retail-only. There is a chance that other mem cards could have been put in but I do not know for sure. A vast majority, though, are the music.

Overpaying is relative considering there are not previous mem cards for many of these (unlike in sports) and the retail print run for a product like Golden Age can’t be massive. (Walmart is not selling them, for example, so it’s immediately smaller than other brands.)

Posted July 29, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink
Don Brown

I wonder what the “Blue Memphis King” card is worth, the Elvis Card. I just got it in a pack, and it is awesome, with a blue cut of artist worn material. Anybody know? Anybody want it?

Posted August 30, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

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