Have some patience, Guns N’ Roses fans: A first look at Axl Rose’s first certified autograph trading card

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Now, all we need is a little patience.

When Topps announced in February that Axl Rose‘s first certified autograph was coming in 2013 Topps Archives — a retro-styled look at baseball cards with a bit of pop culture also infused — more than a few collectors and rock fans took notice.

The arrival of the next installment of the reigning Beckett Baseball Product of the Year is just 13 days away with Rose’s signatures sure to have a few people saying “you could be mine.”

Beckett Media got the first look at the unsigned version of the card on Thursday — a release that will have a standard autograph version as well as a version of the card printed on metal. It’s not going to be so easy to pull that one as just 25 copies of that version will be made.

Featuring a photo by WireImage co-founder Kevin Mazur, who has photographed musicians for more than 20 years, this is Rose’s first fully licensed trading card appearance (and first autograph) as he has nothing listed in the Beckett.com database.

“Axl was one of the top musicians that we wanted to headline the Heavy Metal subset,” said Topps brand manager Jeff Heckman. “We started talking the musicians at the end of October and we were able to get all of the deals signed by early January.  The artists were excited about the opportunity to have a Topps trading card in a release that primarily celebrates the ’80s.”

The singer was an icon of the late-1980s and early 1990s as his band’s 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction, has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide while five other records sold more than 65 million copies total.

Interest in the Rose autograph should be strong as PSA-authenticated autographs have strong asking prices and are not plentiful online. The 10-card  autograph set will be one of three additional insert sets to the previously announced 2013 Topps Archives release. Signing besides Rose will be Mötley Crüe‘s Tommy Lee, Skid Row‘s Sebastian Bach and Twisted Sister‘s Dee Snider as well as Bobbie Brown from Warrant‘s “Cherry Pie” video.

Heckman said the reactions to the announcement of the metal cards have been strong.

“We have seen a lot of excitement from collectors and music fans about including Axl in the Heavy Metal subset,” he said. “I think this is due to the fact that there are a lot of Guns N’ Roses fans and it will be the first time Axl will have a certified autograph trading card.”

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

Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses
Sebastian Bach, Skid Row
Tommy Lee, Mötley Crüe
Kip Winger, Winger
Reb Beach, Whitesnake
Lita Ford
Bobbie Brown
Stephen Pearcy, Ratt
Scott Ian, Anthrax
Dee Snider, Twisted Sister

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  1. Posted May 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Seriously? Axl Rose probably can’t even spell his name, let alone write it.

  2. Richard
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I just hope they are not redemptions.

  3. kris
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    hope i pull one

  4. Chris H
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I may have to put out serious cash and get a few. Huge fan of alot of these artists/bands! Hope I am lucky enough to pull one!

  5. Lou
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    I’ll pass on this product

  6. Ed
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    That’s a Very Solid….. Heavy Metal Auto checklist.

    I like the idea of entertainment Auto cards as part of an insert set. At least they are thinking outside the box.


  7. Cam
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I’ve always loved these kind of auto inclusions. We as sports card collectors give great value to autos of particular players who are “hot’, a top pick, MVP caliber player, a rookie of a big market team, or whatever may drive demand to rise prices. Even when there are thousands of their autos spread-out thru different sets and releases each year. But movie stars, musicians, and other celebrities don’t have multiple sets of annual releases including their autos or likeness on cards. I’ve always felt that official celeb autos cards could have great value due to inaccessibility to movie stars and famous musicians, and they simply aren’t available in multiple sets every year. Celebs are just as popular as sports figures in the public eye, but less accessible thru cards.

  8. Posted May 17, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I think autographed cards of celebrities and musicians are very cool but I don’t want them in my baseball product. Make a separate product for them. Keep them out of the baseball packs.

  9. Joe Cecil
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Separate sports from entertainment for gods sake. If anyone wanted an auto of a musician they should go buy a set of that and not sports cards and I totally dont believe celebs are anywhere near the caliber of “famousness” as sports figures. At least with sports the players are actually working towards breaking records and winning championships and not just making the next movie or the next concert which is the same thing over and over again with a different twist or melody. SPORTS I vote!!

  10. Posted May 19, 2013 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    So a heavy metal subset without Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, the Scorpions or Van Halen? I am good with Axl Rose and Tommy Lee but the rest, while known, are not as associated with heavy metal but more the hair rock bands. Who decided to toss Bobbie Brown in there? She isn’t even a musician, she was married to Jani Lane.

  11. kevin hurt
    Posted May 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    i agree with ya corky but scott ian from anthrax is the only metal guy on this list. metal to me means old megadeth old metalica slayer anthrax ect every one else you mentioned are just hair bands as well as far as I am concerned. hell scorpions van halen might as well be pop they suck just as bad as the other guys on this list. I just hate it when they call these ****** bands metal its not right they were just sell outs at best.

  12. David Brown
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Its to bad they didn’t include any musicians or artists in the product. I am so sick of garbage bands getting respect when there are truly great bands and most people never even heard of them because all they listen to is music that is spoon fed to them.

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