McGregor-Mayweather showdown could ignite new card battles, too

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. — it’s one of those what-if fantasy battles from the magazines of old that’s coming true.

And with a pair of upcoming card releases there will be a battle on cardboard, too.

While we get to wait for the fight on Aug. 26 — one that should be a promotional and pop culture spectacle — we’re getting the first autographs for Mayweather soon to go with McGregor’s limited and pricey cardboard already on the market.

Keep reading for a tale of the tape so far …

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Katie Ledecky’s dominance isn’t seen on much official cardboard

Katie-Ledecky-SI-Kids-1Katie Ledecky has five Olympic medals in the Rio Games and four of them are gold — it’s a pretty good haul for a 19-year-old.

The one thing she doesn’t have, though? A bonafide pack-inserted trading card.

Instead, collectors have a trio of Sports Illustrated for Kids cards — a staple for the non-traditional sports or young stars not yet professionals found in the pages of the kids magazine as a perforated-sheet bonus. It’s a place where LeBron James, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods have made their marks in the past along with many others before traditional card appearances.

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Monica Abbott’s softball dominance hasn’t spawned much cardboard

Monica-Abbott-1Most collectors may not know Monica Abbott‘s name, but if you’re a fan of softball you certainly do.

She was dominant at the University of Tennessee where she set NCAA records for strikeouts (2,440), shutouts (112) and victories (189) — and she also had 23 no-hitters and six perfect games. She was a member of the 2008 Olympic squad that won silver and she threw the Olympics’ first perfect game.

But today she reached a new plateau in the world of sports.

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