Would You Pay $10,000 for This Card?

Would You Pay $10,000 for This Card?

2012 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Autographs Harrison Ford as Han Solo ImageIt didn't take long for the first Harrison Ford autographs to surface from 2012 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files. So far, two have been listed on eBay during the set's first official day of release. The asking prices? $9,999.95 and $12,000. It is worth noting that both are accepting "best offers."

So is a Han Solo autograph worth five figures?

Five years ago it was. Ford's first certified autograph card was inserted in 2007 Topps Star Wars 30th Anniversary. It is rumored just ten copies of the card exist. At least one of the ten did indeed change hands around the $10,000 mark.

Ford is one of Hollywood's toughest signatures. The combination of his autograph's rarity, the card's rarity and the Star Wars logo drove the card to heights no modern entertainment card has reached.

And it's unlikely the 2012 Topps Star Wars Galaxy Harrison Ford autograph will either.

Since 2007, Ford's signature has appeared in several more sets. He had a pair of ultra-rare cards in 2008 Topps Indiana Jones Heritage and 2008 Topps Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. Neither came close to generating the excitement of the first Star Wars autograph. More recently, Ford has appeared in Leaf's last couple of Pop Century sets as well.

While still a tough autograph that commands high prices, Harrison Ford autographs are no longer the novelty they were five years ago.

That said, even if either of these cards sell for half of their asking price, that's still a huge amount for a Star Wars trading card. Or any card, for that matter. To put it into perspective, a one-of-one 2012 Topps Finest Andrew Luck Superfractor Autographed Jumbo Patch we reported on a couple of weeks ago closed at $5,855.

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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