By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Missy Franklin stands an imposing 6-foot-1 but she’s just 17 years old and a fan of Justin Bieber.
Oh, and she’s also an Olympic gold medalist, winning the 100-meter backstroke on Monday, who might be looking for another possible medal tonight during the London Games.
And that has meant added attention to her autographed cards in the 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team product that is the place of all places to find certified autographs of the stars of this year’s games (as long as they wear red, white and blue).
Franklin has four autographed cards in the product and a total of just 18 cards (need a checklist or OPG? click here). Her autographs have previously sold for as much as $300 with the cheapest being the standard autograph at $200 or less.
In all, it will cost collectors more than $1,100 to own most of her cards.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, her autographs are hotter than Bieber’s right now — you can find a certified autograph of Biebs for $120 or less (2011 Americana Private Signings).
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.