The Topps baseball-card publisher has announced the "headliner" in its forthcoming "Heavy Metal Autographs" insert set as part of the previously announced 2013 Topps Archives baseball set: GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose.
It will be Rose's first fully licensed trading card appearance and his first certified autograph as he has nothing listed in the Beckett.com database.
The 10-card autograph set will be one of three additional insert sets to the previously announced 2013 Topps Archives release. There will be a standard version of the cards as well as one that will be limited to 25 copies and printed on metal.
Here is the preliminary checklist for the "Heavy Metal" set, as provided by Topps:
* Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW)
* Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE)
* Kip Winger (WINGER)
* Reb Beach (WINGER, WHITESNAKE)
* Lita Ford
* Stephen Pearcy (RATT)
* Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
* Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER)
* Bobbie Brown (WARRANT's "Cherry Pie" video)
* Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES)
2013 Topps Archives Baseball is slated for release on May 29.
The August 2011 issue of Revolver magazine contained limited-edition baseball cards of the "Big Four" bands of thrash metal — METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX — who played the historic first metal show ever at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011. The cards were modeled after the classic Topps baseball cards from 1986, the same year these four bands released their metal masterpieces.
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