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Phelps trading card from 2004 now worth $500

Updated: August 15, 2008, 4:53 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Chalk up another remarkable feat for Michael Phelps: somehow making swimming trading cards popular.

An autographed 2004 trading card of the record-shattering Olympian was trading for as much as $500 on Thursday, just two weeks after industry experts say the collectible could be easily had for $25.

"It's pretty good," a grinning Phelps said Friday when informed of the price in Beijing, where he won his sixth gold medal.

The trading card is only a part of Phelps' ...

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