Pope John Paul II Card Sells For $8,100
The Pope's 2005 Topps World Treasures card, which features the pontiff's actual signature, is
the hottest trading card on the market, according to the June edition of Beckett Baseball. The
magazine, which hits newsstands on Monday (5/9), details the $8,100 sale of the card by a California
collector to another Golden State collector shortly after the Pope's death.
"The Pope's card is a one-of-a-kind. It depicts one of the most revered leaders in history, so
from that standpoint, the sale really isn't surprising. These types of cards, featuring world leaders
and historical figures, are en vogue right now. Collectors love the novelty aspect of these issues,"
says Mike Payne, editor of Beckett Baseball.
To date, the Pope's card has generated the largest sum tracked for any of the 48 cards included in Topps'
2005 World Treasures (released November 2004). The set features issues of historical figures complete with
"cut signatures" (autographs taken from documents and incorporated into the card's design). Other
world leaders included are Czar Paul I and King Frederick the Great, whose cards have sold for $3,050 and
$3,000 respectively. Each card is one-of-a-kind.
The Pope's card still has a long way to go before it is considered the most valuable trading card of all-time,
though. According to Beckett, the biggest sale ever recorded for a trading card remains the $1.26 million paid
for a 1902 T-206 Honus Wagner in 2000.
The "World Treasures" Signature Cards are featured in 2005 Topps Baseball Series 1 and The "Power
Brokers" Signatures are featured in the just-released 2005 Topps Baseball Series 2. Following are the subjects
for each insert set:
Czar Paul I
David Ben Gurion
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
John F. Kennedy
Kaiser Wilhelm II
King Edward VII
King Frederick the Great
King Fuad I
King George V
King Hussein (of Jordan)
Lord Henry Palmerston
Pope John Paul II
Queen Noor of Jordan
Robert F. Kennedy
Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly)
King George III
Charles de Gaulle
Gamal Abdel Nasser
August A. Busch
Amos Alonzo Stagg
Rev. Billy Graham
Cecil B. DeMille
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker
Henry Cabot Lodge
Hubert H. Humphrey
Admiral Hyman J. Rickover
J. Edgar Hoover
General John J. Pershing
J. Paul Getty
Lady Bird Johnson
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thomas E. Dewey
Thomas A. Edison
William Marcy "Boss" Tweed
William O. Douglas
William H. Taft
Source: The Topps Company, Inc.
Date: May 3, 2005
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