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As sports cards command more of the nation’s attention, it’s only natural that celebrities (who are also sports-loving, red-blooded people) get in on the fun.
From Vince Vaughn’s love of the Cubbies to Ice Cube’s membership in Raider Nation, there’s a long list of celebrities with well-advertised athletic allegiances.
But how many celebrities love sports enough to put a multi-thousand or million-dollar bet on sports cards?
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Let’s take a peek at celebrities who have invested in trading cards over the years.
Gary Vaynerchuk, the unabashed face of media holding company VaynerX, is one of the most vocal advocates of sports card investing.
He regularly posts about the benefits of sports card investing, stating openly that he’s got a significant stake invested in sports cards.
“This is a market that’s growing in demand, but doesn’t have more supply,” Vaynerchuk has writtenf. “That’s a recipe for opportunity – it’s a big reason why I put over a million dollars into sports cards over other alternatives.”
He mentions the 2003 LeBron James Topps Chrome RC #111 and the 2018 Luka Doncic Panini Prizm #280 as cards that he’s invested in.
Some card investors think small, and others take a more big-picture approach. Logan Paul fits into the latter category.
He loves Pokemon cards and even wore a Charizard Pokemon Card necklace to a boxing match.
Paul is part of a group of investors, along with Kevin Durant and Bill Simmons, that invested $40 million in a sports card auction house.
Paul’s got a personal stake in the further growth of trading cards. He’s released millions of dollars worth of NFTs. As a boxer, expect to see him make more waves in the sports card space.
Who knew that Heizenberg bled Dodger Blue?
Bryan Cranston rose to stardom as Walter White in Breaking Bad, but collectors should recognize him as one of the biggest sports card nuts in Hollywood.
Cranston recalls a childhood flooded by baseball cards as a die-hard Dodges fan in Sherman Oaks, CA.
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“I had all my cards divided up into teams, neatly arranged in file boxes in my room,” Cranston has said.
While most of his cards have been lost over the years, he’s in possession of a signed Cal Ripken rookie card and sophomore cards of Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax.
Those familiar with the Charlie Sheen Honus Wagner T206 know how maniacal Wild Thing is about his baseball cards.
While Sheen has owned all sorts of valuable baseball memorabilia, including a 1927 Babe Ruth World Series ring, we know you’re here for the cards.
Sheen’s card collection was so impressive that it served as the centerpiece for an ill-fated sports club concept called the All-Star Cafe.
Sports Illustrated recounts how Sheen’s Honus Wagner T206 was stolen as part of an elaborate heist. He’s since sold most of his collection but remains an avid fan.[irp posts=”15894″ name=”2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Checklist, Team Sets, Best 5 Rookies, and Gallery (Updated)”]
Superstar DJ Steve Aoki isn’t messing around when it comes to sports cards. He’s got his own memorabilia shop with a collection valued at more than $2 million.
A number of Kevin Durant rookie cards have served as the centerpieces of Aoki’s collection. The shop, known as The Coffee Breakers, features many other high-value cards.
Aoki has broadcasted his own card breaks, showing that he’s in touch with the latest industry trends.
The long-haired DJ has described card collecting as “…fantasy sports, combined with stocks, combined with nostalgia combined with gambling”.
This all makes us wonder whether Aoki’s hit “Just Hold On” was more card investment advice than party anthem.
Rob Kardashian is frequently seen in an LA Dodgers cap, and he clearly knows a lot about the art of sportscard collecting.
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“I’m here to personally collect. It’s just fun for me. I love every single sport. I just want to be supporting all these breakers,” Kardashian has said about card break events.
“This whole hobby boomed during Covid because there were no sports. People wanted entertainment. They went to Instagram Live for breaking cards and everything just blew up.”
Kardashian is said to be a fan of Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes cards in particular. Perhaps we can interest him in the2017 Patrick Mahomes II Panini Donruss Optic RC #177 or other noteworthy Mahomes rookie cards?
Penny Marshall directed some of the most iconic films of her time, including the legendary baseball flick A League of Their Own.
Marshall’s love of sports wasn’t restricted to her professional life. The director, who passed away in 2018, had an impressive memorabilia collection that included sports cards.
Marshall began collecting early as a Yankees fan in the era of Mantle and Maris. Eventually, Leaf would honor Marshall with A Card of Her Own.
Quavo, one-third of the rap supergroup Migos, has been known to break a pack of sports cards.[irp posts=”9538″ name=”The Best 5 NFL QB Rookie Cards of All-Time (Must Own Cards)”]
Though we don’t have any intel on his collection, he’s on camera digging into a pack of 2019-20 Panini Contenders Optic basketball cards. Sports cards are part of the Culture, after all.
Younger readers might be more familiar with Alan Thicke’s son, Robin. However, Alan was undoubtedly the bigger celebrity and was an avid hockey fan and collector.
Thicke, who starred in the massively popular sitcom Growing Pains, was a mainstay at Los Angeles Kings games during the Gretzky years.
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Tragically, Thicke passed away from a heart attack while playing hockey. Presumably, his memorabilia collection, including any hockey cards he owned, is now in good hands.
The comedic powerhouse Robin Williams was known as an avid fan of Bay Area sports.
A collection featured by Sotheby’s in the name of Robin and his ex-wife Marsha includes a signed Willie Mays Mets-era card, as well as multiple signed baseballs.
Williams completes our list of iconic celebrities who have shown a love of sports card collecting.
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