2011 Topps Allen & Ginter includes 200 limited edition autographed cards of former President George W. Bush, marking the first time a United States President has signed an actual baseball card for inclusion into Topps packs.
The limited edition autograph cards feature an image of the nation’s 43rd chief executive throwing out the first pitch at Game 3 of the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Bush, dealing with the impact of the terror attacks on the country, received a supportive standing ovation. The moment helped strengthen the American people in the wake of 9/11.
One of the cards was listed on eBayand bidding shot up to $305 in a matter of hours, with more than four days remaining in the auction.
Also randomly included are ten special cards signed in red ink, some with inscriptions next to the former president’s autograph, including ‘#43’ and ‘U.S.A.’
The set also includes a non-autographed card of Bush, which is number 147 in the 440-card Allen & Ginter series that includes Major League Baseball players and champions from other sports. This year’s set includes 40 World Champion autograph subjects including Mickey Ward, Manny Pacquiao, Lou Holtz, John McEnroe, Kristi Yamaguchi and Annika Sorenstam.
George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara signed cards for 2008 Donruss Threads and Donruss Americana.