August 2018 Summer Classic Auction
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It's difficult to fathom today, but 17 years ago, the hottest sports cards didn't feature players from the diamond, hard court, or gridiron, but the links. That is because Tiger Woods, the world's best golfer—and arguably its most famous athlete—finally had pack-pulled rookie cards from a major manufacturer, as the Upper Deck Company printed a number of PGA-licensed products for a public eager for Tiger's cardboard. The buzz surrounding Woods was such that a PSA 10 Gem Mint copy of his first-ever card, a perforated 1996 insert from Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine, sold for an otherworldly $125,000 in March 2001!

Cooler heads have since prevailed, with the PSA 10 SI Kids card settling at $4,000 today, but much of that has to do with Tiger's four back surgeries and bevy of personal problems which took him off his record course. However, if you haven't been following golf lately, Woods is back in a big way. It took a historic performance by Brooks Koepka to defeat Tiger by two strokes in this month's 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. At 42 years old, Woods is four behind in the running for Jack Nicklaus's record 18 major championships. In fact, the Golden Bear recently discussed the possibility of Tiger eclipsing him: "I still think he's got a shot at breaking my record," said Nicklaus, "But whether he does or he doesn't, even with 10 years passing, it doesn't make any difference. I think he's still a great athlete and a great golfer.”

Given his recent stellar performances on the greens, we believe Tiger Woods is among the most undervalued athletes in the sports collectible market. And when collectors come searching for Woods's high-end material, they will certainly seek out examples of the golfer's 2001 Upper Deck Players Ink card. Featuring a smiling head shot of Woods wearing his trademark black Nike hat, the cards were signed by Woods using blue felt-tip marker. Offered here is the unbelievably scarce Gold parallel of the Stanford University product's 2001 UD Players Ink card. Serial numbered 22/25, this extreme rarity has been graded Gem Mint 9.5 by BGS with 10, 9.5, 9.5, and 9 subgrades. Featuring Beckett's old-style label with subgrades on the back, this beauty was submitted back in 2002 when BGS was not yet grading autographs. The naked eye should suffice in grading this signature, as Woods's gorgeous blue script on this card is a pristine 10. Without question, it is one of the finest rookie autograph cards of the living legend ever created. Take our advice: invest in Tiger now, because he is about to roar once again.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,048
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Saturday, September 1, 2018.
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