Michael Clarke Duncan’s card resume is brief


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Oscar-nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan died Monday in a Los Angeles hospital while receiving treatment for a July heart attack. He was 54.

A star with more than 90 credited television and movie roles in his career, collectors might best remember him as Lucius Washington in Talladega Nights with Will Ferrell or as Kingpin in Daredevil alongside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. His breakthrough role, which won him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Academy Awards, came in The Green Mile, a Stephen King adaptation that starred Tom Hanks.

On cardboard, Duncan did not sign for the 2003 Topps Daredevil set, nor were there any Talladega Nights cards for NASCAR fans, leaving his only certified autographs in the Beckett.com database to come from the 2012 Pop Century set made by Leaf. There, collectors can find 16 different certified autograph cards. (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.)

Before the news, these cards typically sold for $50 or less.

A few of the 6-foot-5, 300-pound actor’s other notable roles came in Armageddon, The Scorpion King, Planet of the Apes and Sin City. While he never signed for sets for any of his movies, he does appear on cards in a few releases, though specific cards are not checklisted in the Beckett.com database.

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.



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  1. Richard 4 September, 2012 at 11:38

    I don’t think he was a roid guy.
    I just think he did not take quite as good care of himself as he could and likely
    ate food that clogged his system.

    Never met him, but I liked his persona. Seemed like a good guy and he had skills
    as both an actor and a voice over artist (think King of the Hill). He will be missed.

  2. Deezy 4 September, 2012 at 13:54

    Don’t think he was a steroid guy also and dont know anything about his health. The reality is no matter how great of health you think you maybe in tomorrow is never promised any of us. He was a great talent I enjoyed him Green Mile and other roles.

  3. Dwayne 4 September, 2012 at 14:14

    I agree Richard. I don’t think he used steroids. Take note Alex, not everyone who is that size uses steroids. He had recently became a vegetarian.

    He was a great actor and will be greatly missed. R.I.P Gentle Giant

  4. joe 4 September, 2012 at 14:25

    Alex – It’s amazing how people try to pass judgment and they didn’t even know the guy. You assume he is on steroids because he’s a big muscular guy. You didn’t know him or the facts suurounding his death. So why give a comment. I know “FREEDOM OF SPEECH” You should also realize you have the freedom to ZIP IT
    Ben – “Stroke while signing the stickers” That’s not even funny.
    Some people need to grow up. You don’t have to try and be funny all the time.

  5. Alex GRRRRiffen 5 September, 2012 at 10:08

    a 54 year old male in great shape, very muscular develops heart problems – hmmmmm sounds like a typical steroid death to me

  6. joe 5 September, 2012 at 14:19

    Alex – So everybody who has muscle is on steroids. Have you heard of genetics. You know that’s when they trace problems down the family tree. Just because you are in good shape doesn’t mean that you are immune to heart attacks. Stress can also cause a heart attack. We don’t know what caused his heart attack. So let’s not jump to conclusions.

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