By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Now, all we need is a little patience.
When Topps announced in February that Axl Rose‘s first certified autograph was coming in 2013 Topps Archives — a retro-styled look at baseball cards with a bit of pop culture also infused — more than a few collectors and rock fans took notice.
The arrival of the next installment of the reigning Beckett Baseball Product of the Year is just 13 days away with Rose’s signatures sure to have a few people saying “you could be mine.”
Beckett Media got the first look at the unsigned version of the card on Thursday — a release that will have a standard autograph version as well as a version of the card printed on metal. It’s not going to be so easy to pull that one as just 25 copies of that version will be made.
Featuring a photo by WireImage co-founder Kevin Mazur, who has photographed musicians for more than 20 years, this is Rose’s first fully licensed trading card appearance (and first autograph) as he has nothing listed in the Beckett.com database.
“Axl was one of the top musicians that we wanted to headline the Heavy Metal subset,” said Topps brand manager Jeff Heckman. “We started talking the musicians at the end of October and we were able to get all of the deals signed by early January. The artists were excited about the opportunity to have a Topps trading card in a release that primarily celebrates the ’80s.”
The singer was an icon of the late-1980s and early 1990s as his band’s 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction, has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide while five other records sold more than 65 million copies total.
Interest in the Rose autograph should be strong as PSA-authenticated autographs have strong asking prices and are not plentiful online. The 10-card autograph set will be one of three additional insert sets to the previously announced 2013 Topps Archives release. Signing besides Rose will be Mötley Crüe‘s Tommy Lee, Skid Row‘s Sebastian Bach and Twisted Sister‘s Dee Snider as well as Bobbie Brown from Warrant‘s “Cherry Pie” video.
Heckman said the reactions to the announcement of the metal cards have been strong.
“We have seen a lot of excitement from collectors and music fans about including Axl in the Heavy Metal subset,” he said. “I think this is due to the fact that there are a lot of Guns N’ Roses fans and it will be the first time Axl will have a certified autograph trading card.”
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HEAVY METAL AUTOGRAPHS CHECKLIST
Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses
Sebastian Bach, Skid Row
Tommy Lee, Mötley Crüe
Kip Winger, Winger
Reb Beach, Whitesnake
Stephen Pearcy, Ratt
Scott Ian, Anthrax
Dee Snider, Twisted Sister