By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Former IRL IndyCar champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died in a crash at the IndyCar season finale in Las Vegas on Sunday. He was 33.
Wheldon, who made his debut in 2002, won 16 races during his career and the 2005 series title. The accident happened just 11 laps into the event, which was called off after the multi-car wreck.
He appears on just 15 items in the Beckett.com database — just seven of those cards. His lone widely issued trading cards came in the 2007 Rittenhouse IRL set, which included his Rookie Card (above) and his only certified autograph card.
Before the news of his death, the RCs typically sold for $2.50 or less, while his autograph fetched $30 or less.
Monday Update: Since his death, copies of the autograph card have sold for $89, $130 and $150 on eBay.
His most recent items in the database are form the 2009 Hot Wheels release — 1:24 and 1:64 diecasts of his ride. His most valuable diecast is his 2007 GreenLight IRL Garage Series 1:18, which is limited to just 1,002 copies and typically sells for $60 or less.
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