Rich Franklin Auto

My First-Ever MMA Trading Card, A Rich Franklin Auto

Category: MMA, Trading Cards


I’m a big mixed-martial arts fan. A BIG one really. In fact, most of my blog posts here are about MMA events from UFC, WEC and Strikeforce.

Last Wednesday when I was browsing the listings of my favorite local eBay seller for my NBA trading cards hobby, I saw that he now has MMA trading cards in his auctions as well.

I immediately presented bids for a BJ Penn, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Rich Franklin autographed cards. After the auction ended, I only won the Rich Franklin. It seems many fans want a piece of these fighters too.

I especially like the Penn but it ended at $56 + $3.95 shipping which is too high for me. The Prodigy co-headlines UFC 112 this Sunday at UAE so I think that’s the main factor for the price. In comparison, I got the Franklin in less than Php500.

So, from the mail that arrived today, here’s my first-ever MMA trading card, a 2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Cage Fighter Signatures #CFSRF Rich Franklin autographed card:

Rich Franklin is nicknamed Ace due to his resemblance to Jim Carrey (who played the character Ace Ventura). Before becoming an MMA fighter, Franklin taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and has a master’s degree in education at the University of Cincinnati.

Now, who says MMA fighters are all brawn and no brains?

He is a former UFC Middleweight champion winning it at UFC 56 against Evan Tanner and has defended it successfully two times before losing it to Anderson Silva at UFC 64 (who is still the champion and making his sixth title defense against Demian Maia at UFC 112).

He has a record of 26 wins (14 by KO, 9 by submission) and 5 losses. In his last fight, he lost against Vitor Belfort at UFC 103 when he was caught by a big left that knocked him out in the very first round.

If rumors are to be believed, he replaced Tito Ortiz as a coach in The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 which is currently on at Spike TV.

We will find that out soon.

UPDATE May 27, 2010: I think that will finally happen in The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 Episode 10 to be shown on June 2, 2010.

UPDATE June 3, 2010: Rich did replace Tito in the 10th episode of TUF 11. Dana White also announced that he will face opposing coach Chuck Liddell in the main event of the UFC 115 fight card on June 12, 2010.

UPDATE June 13, 2010: This card is now gone. I sold it for $16.15 including shipping at eBay to make a gross profit of $5.78.

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