Beckett 20 Questions on … Collecting USA

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The Winter Olympics are less than 100 days away and those waiting for the arrival of the only fully licensed Olympic trading cards have an even shorter wait.

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And that means the latest batch of athletes aspiring to become medal winners and household names will have their first autographs and trading cards — cards that may resonate well with non-collectors and generate cash for some savvy wheelers and dealers once things heat up this February in Sochi, Russia.

Topps2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls arrives on Nov. 20 including some of the big names you likely know from past years and others you might not such as Amy Purdy, a member of the US Paralympic Snowboarding Team. Purdy, above and seen holding her upcoming Topps card, lost both of her legs below the knee at age 19. (Check out her story here.)

With all of the collecting potential to be found with the latest arrival sporting the Red, White and Blue, we figured the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly would be a good chance to examine a bit more about Collecting USA — the hot spots, the interesting cards and more from Olympic-focused sets and other releases that are of note or touch on the stars from all 50 states. As part of that, here’s the latest 20 Questions with a focus on Olympic cards of all types.

1. Which sports have you bought Team USA cards for? (select all that apply)

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2. Which past or present Winter Olympians' autos from the new Topps set interest you the most? (Pick your top five)

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See the rest of this month’s questions … after the jump.

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3. True or False: There are more than 14,000 USA Baseball cards in the Beckett database.

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4. How many cards made up the USA Basketball Dream Team scene in 1991-92 Skybox base set?

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5. Which Topps USA Baseball card from the past do you feel is the most iconic?

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6. In your mind, which USA Winter Olympian will be the most-valuable autograph?

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7. Which Winter Olympic sport do you watch most?

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8. Did you buy the last Topps Olympic product?

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9. Do you own any Olympians' autographs who are NOT from baseball, basketball or hockey?

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10. Which past Olympian's autograph would you want most?

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11. Do you think this is a cool card?

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12. Which of these players did not appear on a 1985 Topps baseball card?

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13. In what year was this Olympic card set released by Impel?

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14. Which WWE star appeared on an Upper Deck card as an Olympian?

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15. In 1983, Topps produced an Olympic card set in conjunction with ...

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16. Do you like having cards of Olympians mixed in with your standard releases?

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17. Do you feel baseball should be an Olympic sport once again?

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18. How much do you think this Star set recently sold for on eBay?

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19. Which of the four major sports do you think has the best USA cardboard presence?

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20. What would you rather own?

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8 comments

  1. Mark 11 November, 2013 at 15:53

    2. Which past or present Winter Olympians’ autographs interest you the most?

    ERIC HEIDEN!!

    How can you not put the greatest Winter Olympian of all-time on your list?

  2. Richard 11 November, 2013 at 16:42

    I’ll do what I did with the last product, collect the Hard Signed cards subset.
    The Phelps was a bit more than I wanted to pay, but considering I rarely see it anymore ….

    Upperdeck started off a very promising product with the preview with all hard signed cards, but then
    did not follow through and the release of great sport stars ended up being stickers. Too bad.

  3. chrisolds 11 November, 2013 at 16:42

    The list is far from all-inclusive — and it only includes autographs who are available in the new set from Topps.

  4. rick 11 November, 2013 at 21:23

    Jim Abbott!!!!!!!!!!!!! The good ole days of cards and collecting… I wish I could go back in time of the late 80’s and early 90’s and go to as many shows and shops again as possible! Enjoy all the excitement surrounding it!
    I won’t go on about my classic speech of cards and collecting today, of plate jersey blah blah blah.
    Ok I will! Refractor auto patch jersey plate parallel xfractor prospect (not real rookie cards) super ninja cards. SUCKS!

  5. Paul Angilly 12 November, 2013 at 02:31

    Judging from voting results so far … most collectors seem to know very little about Olympic cards and most seem not to care. That’s too bad. I love the Olympics, so collecting Olympic cards is a big deal for me. Nice to get cards for a lot of different athletes that are all among the best in the world in their sport, rather than the 100th different card for the same baseball/football/basketball/hockey players. I just wish Topps did more than one set for the last Olympics, and would do more than one for those coming up!

  6. Joe 12 November, 2013 at 12:28

    Its a sad state when more people want a Jordan Auto than a JESSE OWENS! There is so much Jordan out there!
    PS Sad Spitz has 0 Votes. But I am lucky to have met him.

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