Top Six: Collecting USA Soccer hero Carli Lloyd

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By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst | Commentary

For the first time since 1999, the United States Women’s National Team are World Cup Champions. Throughout the tournament stellar defending and six goals from midfielder Carli Lloyd insured that USWNT would be adding a third star — one for each of their World Cups — to their jerseys.

Lloyd’s performance in Sunday’s Final will go down as one of the greatest World Cup performances in history. Scoring three times between the third and 16th minute – including one from midfield – she set the tone for a game the United States dominated. She was awarded Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player and the Silver Boot for finishing second in scoring, behind Germany’s Celia Sasic. While Sasic and Lloyd both scored six goals in the tournament, Sasic was awarded the Golden Boot because she played fewer minutes. Her World Cup Winners medal will surely be the centerpiece of her already crowded trophy room, which also includes two Olympic gold medals and World Cup bronze and silver medals.

Lloyd currently has just 45 cards cataloged in the Online Price Guide, including seven certified autographs, 10 memorabilia cards and 24 serial-numbered cards. Her first card appeared in copies of 2008 Sport Illustrated for Kids magazines and her most-recent inclusion was in the 2015 Panini Women’s World Cup Stickers set. Her cardboard has not been just limited to soccer sets. She’s appeared — along with many of her USA teammates — in the 2012 Americana Heroes and Legends product, as well as the 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team and 2014 Topps Allen and Ginter products.

In honor of her six World Cup goals, here are six Lloyd cards to add to your collection with updated pricing.

1.2008 Sports Illustrated for Kids ($15)
Her first appearance on cardboard, this card can be found in the December 2008 issue. A few lucky collectors look to have picked up copies of the complete magazine on eBay yesterday for between $6-$8.

 

 

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2. 2011 Panini Women’s World Cup Stickers ($5)
The 2011 Panini Women’s World Cup Stickers were reportedly only released in Germany, the location of the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Copies can be difficult – though not impossible –  to find on the secondary market, but be prepared to pay for international shipping if you are in the United States.

 

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3. 2012 Americana Heroes and Legends Autographs #’d/159 ($150)
Lloyd’s first certified autographs appeared in the 2012 Americana Heroes and Legends product. She also has a 2012 Americana Heroes and Legends Autograph Materials (/49) card as well as a 2012 Americana Heroes and Legends U.S .Women’s Soccer Teammates Dual Autographs card with fellow 2015 USWNT star Megan Rapinoe.

 

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4. 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team ($1.25)
Plentiful and inexpensive, the 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic card is perfect for the collector who wants to add a Lloyd card to their collection without breaking the bank.

 

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5. 2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Framed Mini Autographs ($200)
Based on recent secondary market activity this has been Lloyd’s hottest card over the last few weeks. The red-ink parallel, hand numbered to 10, reportedly sold for $400 yesterday.

 

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6. 2015 Panini Women’s World Cup Stickers ($2)
Compared to the 2011 Panini Women’s World Cup Sticker, the 2015 version is much easier to find, thanks in large part to wider distribution. What better way to remember Lloyd’s historic tournament than with a sticker from the iconic Panini World Cup Stickers brand?

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Brian Fleischer

A collector since 1986, Brian has spent the last 15 years working as an Analyst in the Beckett pricing department. A vintage baseball card collector, he also collects vintage European soccer cards and pre-war Fordham University sports memorabilia. Have a question? You can reach him by email.

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9 comments

  1. bobby chalermsopone 6 July, 2015 at 12:00

    Please, no one really cares about women’s soccer. It’s the truth.

  2. John Bissell 6 July, 2015 at 12:48

    Disagree completely with the above post. If there are going to be articles about pro wrestling, Star Wars, Sons of Anarchy, The men’s World Cup, MLS, people who throw first pitches, etc…, then the Women’s World Cup is certainly worthy of note.

  3. Jonathan W. Iwanski 6 July, 2015 at 13:53

    Please, people care enough to pay money for soccer cards. It’s the truth.

    Just because you don’t pay attention to something doesn’t mean the rest of the world follows you, Bobby. There are plenty of $10-$50 cards in that 2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Framed Mini Autographs set right now, if you want them, but a lot of those are baseball players.

  4. Richard 6 July, 2015 at 15:30

    I don’t know if they care about “cards” of women’s soccer, but the TV ratings show that there is indeed interest.

  5. bobby chalermsopone 6 July, 2015 at 16:08

    No it’s not. Especially for collecting. More like collecting dust. Good luck selling those cards or boxes.

  6. Paul Angilly 6 July, 2015 at 17:30

    Yeah, no one cares … except the 26.7 million people who watched the final game in the U.S. alone.

  7. Paul Angilly 6 July, 2015 at 17:54

    Per an AP story:

    “Fox’s audience for the final exceeded the viewers for San Francisco’s win over Kansas City in Game 7 of last year’s World Series on Fox (23.5 million), Golden State’s NBA title-winning victory over Cleveland last month on ABC (23,254,000) and Chicago’s Stanley Cup-winning victory in Game 6 over Tampa Bay last month on NBC (8,005,000).”

  8. Cardboard Junkie 7 July, 2015 at 00:20

    @bobby

    Guess you were never taught that if you don’t have anything nice to say you should keep your pie hole shut.

    now as for the soccer cards obviously there’s people out there that buy them or the card companies wouldn’t keep producing sets

  9. Chris Harris 7 July, 2015 at 11:29

    Bobby: If you don’t care about soccer, I’d be happy to take any and all soccer cards you happen to have, both now and in the future, off your hands. I wouldn’t want them “collecting dust” in *your* house, so let them collect dust in mine!

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