Andy Griffith dead at 86


By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor | Commentary

The world is somberly whistling that familiar tune today, as television star Andy Griffith passed away today at the age of 86. Official reports indicate that he died this morning at his home in Dare County, N.C.

Today we pay hobby homage to the lovable, deliberate southern lead on The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.

Despite being a television icon, Griffith doesn’t have many trading cards officially attributed to his name. His page in the Beckett OPG actually reveals that the only card in his name is a special Presidential Medal of Freedom (No. MOF19) from 2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes. The Andy Griffith Show, however, was featured in set form with various releases from Pacific and on several cards in an Inkworks non-sport set called 1998 TV’s Coolest Classics.

Perhaps until now, most of the Griffith-related cards that Beckett has cataloged are priced below one dollar. His trading card  popularity and value may spike in the days following his passing, but the mostly humble sales figures somehow match the unflappable, far-from-flashy characters that made him famous.

Today, all is quiet in Mayberry. But wherever Griffith is, I’m sure the fishin’ hole is full and that Aunt Bea has an apple pie cooling on the window sill.

Rest in peace, Andy.










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  1. Tom Waldron 3 July, 2012 at 22:03

    Here in Roanoke va The show still runs just started replaying the very first year great stuff.
    I belive if they did a test and ran it in Prime time slot it would beat most. The small town we all know and love best written directed and acted makes us all proud to be from Mayberry anywhere usa.
    They local staton WDBJ7 once tried to replace the 530 slot and got so much bad press they never tried again guess it says alot about waht the show tries to say about us all. I just wish we could solve the problems of today’s bitterness with a little mayberry know how.
    RIP ANDY Griffin —-goober says hey

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