By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Seven-time Tour de France winner and noted cancer survivor Lance Armstrong has decided he’s not going to fight steroid charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a move that could strip him of his record seven titles and bar him from cycling in any capacity for the rest of his life.
The news announced on Thursday night won’t have an immense impact on cardboard, but Armstrong, 40, does appear on a total of eight cards in the Beckett.com database. He’s never appeared on a certified autograph — standard or cut sig — and has just two scarce and unpriced memorabilia cards, a pair of 1/1s from Sportkings in 2008 and earlier this year.
Armstrong’s earliest card appears in the 1992 Impel U.S. Olympic Heroes set, a $3 card that can command a few more bucks on occasion if professionally graded.
Besides a third Sportkings card, his only other cardboard appearances are on four Sports Illustrated for Kids cards, a collection valued at a total of $11. (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.)
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