Bond, James Bond is gone.
Roger Moore who played Britain’s iconic spy in seven 007 films died Tuesday after a “short but brave battle with cancer,” according to his family. He was 89. Moore had a lengthy film career and took on the Bond role in 1973’s Live and Let Die. He continued in the spot until 1985 and was the longest-running actor of the six who have played the character.
“Being eternally known as Bond has no downside,” Moore told The Guardian. “People often call me ‘Mr Bond’ when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?”
And it’s because of that role that collectors have a number of certified autographs of him to chase today.
Moore appears on a number of cards as Bond with its countless sets released in the past and he appears on nearly 60 different certified autographs — all coming since 2003.
His first autographs appear in a non-Bond release — 2003 The Very Best of the Saint — a set for a British TV series where he played a spy in his pre-Bond years. His first Bond autos came the following year with The Quotable James Bond and he appeared in Bond sets regularly (albeit signing in lower volume) from Rittenhouse Archives ever since. In fact, the final James Bond Archives release, 2017 James Bond Archives Final Edition, formally arrives tomorrow guaranteeing a Moore auto in every 12-box case.
Moore’s most-plentiful autos — at least in terms of different cards — come in recent pop culture releases. He has more than 20 autos in 2014 Leaf Pop Century releases from Leaf Trading Cards — and even more in last year’s version of the product — while he has six autos in the 2015 Panini Americana release. Many of the cards in these releases are limited to fewer than 99 copies and most are under 25.
For more on his life and career, check out this piece from The Hollywood Reporter.
Follow Buzz on Twitter @BlowoutBuzz or send email to BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.