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Sunday, May 2, 2010
Even celebrities have their own trading cards

There have been plenty of unusual sports cards produced in the past decade with celebrities, politicians, historical figures and even inanimate objects making their ways into packs of baseball cards and football cards.

Examples? When Billy Crystal played a spring training game with the New York Yankees a couple years ago, he later appeared on baseball cards made by TRISTAR and Topps. (Crystal's autographed card in 2009 Topps is a tough find -- and it sells for $175.)

James Gandolfini of the legendary TV show "Sopranos" even has a trading card.

Want a card of Fourth of July hot dog-eating icon Takeru Kobayashi? He's in Topps' 2006 Allen & Ginter baseball card set alongside the likes of Danica Patrick, Hulk Hogan, Mike Tyson and, of course, baseball players like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Howard.

President Barack Obama? He's appeared in countless sets -- autographs, too. George W. Bush? (Yep, along with literally every other president …)

How about already eliminated "Dancing With the Stars" star, Buzz Aldrin? Yep, astronaut autographs are a strong collecting draw. Kim Kardashian? Yep. Cheech & Chong? Yep. Keith Olbermann? Yep. You name them, they've likely appeared on a sports card and signed autographs that can be found in packs of cards as well.

How about a hamburger? No, not the former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger … a real beef and bun hamburger.

Yep, it's got a trading card, too, appearing in the aptly named 2009 Topps Mayo football card set.