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Danica Patrick’s move to NASCAR means one thing to collectors — Press Pass trading cards by Chris Olds


Whether Danica Patrick‘s foray into racing stock cars will ultimately mean much on the track or not, the move announced Tuesday already means one thing for collectors.

She will appear on NASCAR cards from Press Pass.

And the four-time Indy Racing League Most Popular Driver will make her NASCAR cardboard debut before she makes her scheduled entrance into professional stock car racing in an ARCA race on Feb. 6 at Daytona International Speedway.

Element will be the first program in which she’ll be included,” said Nick Matijevich, Press Pass Director of Product Development, on Thursday.

Element, which is scheduled to arrive in January, is the Charlotte, N.C.-based company’s “going green” concept set that consists of a 100-card base set printed on recycled card stock and a full array of inserts with recycling themes in mind.

Oh, and it also includes a special insert that’s about as green as it gets — cold, hard cash can also be found in the packs.

The 27-year-old one-time IRL race-winner will appear in the base set and in one insert set found in the product, Matijevich said.

There obviously wasn’t enough time for the company to negotiate an autograph deal with Patrick for that product, but there’s no doubt that her signatures in other 2010 Press Pass sets (once a deal is reached) should help breathe some added life into NASCAR products as interest piques from the not-so-typical card collectors out there.

Despite there being just one licensed Indy Racing League set produced during Patrick’s career, she already appears on 19 trading cards, according to the database. Her most valuable is her autographed card found in the 2006 Allen & Ginter baseball set from Topps, which showcased “world’s champions” in various sports as did the set’s 1880s tobacco card namesake. That card, limited to just 100 copies, sells for $600.

Patrick’s only other certified autograph card, found in the 2007 Rittenhouse IRL set, sells for $300, though Archive Boxes of that product — which include every card produced by the company (including every single driver’s autograph) — can be found for less than that price.

Oh, and there’s one other thing to consider with Patrick’s arrival in NASCAR — she’ll undoubtedly have replica die-cast cars as well. Her most valuable IRL die-cast is her 2005 GreenLight IRL 1:18 scale No. 16 Argent Honda (white number). It is limited to just 1,500 copies and typically sells for about $200.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at

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I’m not much for racing, but I do like the idea of a card set promoting green themes. Recycled card stock, recycling-themed inserts (which I would hope will be classy), and a little cash are all great ideas for a card set.

I might even have to pick me up some of this set. At the very least, I will look forward to seeing how the cards turn out when it gets closer to release date time.

Comment by Andrew M.

I could care less if the cards promoted Green themes or not. Then again, yeah, I don’t like it.. I’m tired of being preached to by the commies.

Comment by Bobo Le Boof

Well anything is possible after all; Danica might go out there and really tear it up

Comment by Wes Hammond

she is one hot looking babe. she will draw a lot fo fans, counting me.

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