Danica’s Daytona showing should sell some cards

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 By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Danica Patrick wrote herself into the record books on Sunday as the best-finishing woman to compete in NASCAR’s premiere event, the Daytona 500, when she finished eighth in a race won by five-time Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson.

Of course, earlier in the day, Patrick became the first woman to lead a lap in the race and she was the first to win the pole for the event when she took it last week. The best previous finish for a woman in the race was Janet Guthrie, who finished ninth in 1978.

The 30-year-old is embarking on her first season as a full-time driver in the highest level of stock-car racing this season after a couple seasons as a part-timer. She’s already a big-time player on the card circuit, though, as she appears on more than 840 different cards and diecasts made through the years with a total value of $31,336.25 not including those pieces that are too rare to track. (Click here for a full checklist and Online Price Guide.)

Patrick’s cardboard debut came in the landmark 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card set, a product that featured her first certified auto — it typically sells for $600 or less. Her racing card debut came in the 2010 Rittenhouse IRL product, which also had an autograph card, before her NASCAR debut came in a few 2010 Press Pass products. (How are her items selling on eBay? Click here.)

Her Cup debut was one strong enough that it will sell likely some cardboard — though Press Pass, the lone NASCAR card licensee, knew about that potential long ago.

“NASCAR is a sport driven by driver loyalty, and collectors will support their drivers through the good times and the bad,” said Press Pass VP of Brand Management Tom Farrell in the February issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. “The overwhelming majority of our collectors can’t get enough Danica.”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. kris
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    congrats to danica. alot of pressure on her and did well

  2. Richard
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    I agree with you Kris…she did not cave in ,congrats.where are all you little boys that were bashing her and trying to knock her down before the race,com’on give her her props.Probably not because all you little people only want to cry about Topps product and TRY to belittle a women.

  3. afff
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    the race was not bad and she did well staying in 3rd for most part of the race, thats against alot of big name racers.

  4. Kevin
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I have always liked her 2006 A&G card, almost angelic looking

  5. dante
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Congrats? Really? WTF? She drove a car. You or I could do the same. She shouldn’t be in the sport. Its not like she tried out for NACAR, she was just brought in. Rich familiy will get you far in life. It got her an undeserved career in NASCAR. She won the pole cause there was no one to wreck into. Ive driven Stock car before. It is no different than driving on the highway. You know when you look down and youre going 90 and didnt realize it? Its the same in a Stock Car. I had Drivers tell me the same thing. If you have vision,hearing, two Arms and Legs, you can be a NASCAR driver too. Knowledge of how to drive can be taught. The human mind is an amazing thing. If anyone says that IM wrong, you are underestimating yourself and humans in general. There is absolutely nothing that seperates her from you or me other than a very rich family. Prove me wrong NASCAR. How bout you do tryouts or scout drivers on the freeway like real sports do. And yes Im a race fan, just not a fan of spoiled little brats. Thank you.

  6. dante
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Let her play football then Richard.

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