Missy Franklin’s ink tops Justin Bieber’s


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Missy Franklin stands an imposing 6-foot-1 but she’s just 17 years old and a fan of Justin Bieber.

Oh, and she’s also an Olympic gold medalist, winning the 100-meter backstroke on Monday, who might be looking for another possible medal tonight during the London Games.

And that has meant added attention to her autographed cards in the 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team product that is the place of all places to find certified autographs of the stars of this year’s games (as long as they wear red, white and blue).

Franklin has four autographed cards in the product and a total of just 18 cards (need a checklist or OPG? click here).  Her autographs have previously sold for as much as $300 with the cheapest being the standard autograph at $200 or less.

In all, it will cost collectors more than $1,100 to own most of her cards.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, her autographs are hotter than Bieber’s right now — you can find a certified autograph of Biebs for $120 or less (2011 Americana Private Signings).

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. carey alt 31 July, 2012 at 13:16

    i hate watching the tape delayed events. with baseball season starting to heat up and nfl right around the corner, who needs the olympics?

  2. crabtron 12 August, 2012 at 18:02

    The tape delays suck, but anything’s better than baseball. And the Olympics will be over by the time the NFL starts doing anything interesting. So to answer your question, I need the Olympics. Although I can’t ignore the fact that NBC’s coverage is abysmal as always. Somebody should really smother Bob Costas in his sleep.

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