Saturday, March 17, 2012

An Old-School Actress Grab

I have talked a bit about “other” releases, non-sports cards that have made their way in to many collectors’ personal collections. One of my favorite sets is from the 2007 Donruss Americana release, the Hollywood Legends insert. Some of the greatest actors/actresses ever are included in the set and there are base, relic, jumbo relic and autograph versions.

Lillian Gish is one of those amazing actresses who were around from the origin of film. She made her first film in 1912 when she was 17 and between 1912 and 1987 she appeared in over 100 films and television shows. Her first big break was when she played Elsie in The Birth of a Nation, an AFI Top 100 movies of all time. I first saw her in the Scarlett Letter and had an old-school crush on her and I have been hoping to find one of her relics for a reasonable price. This card, a flowered swatch from her coat, was less than $5 shipped from a dealer in Toronto.

Lillian Gish has shown up in a number of products over the past 5 years, along with this 2007 Donruss Americana Hollywood Legends relic card she also has 2 relics in the 2008 Donruss Americana release, she has a cut signature in the 2009 Razor Cut Signature National Edition and finally two relics in the 2011 Panini Americana release.


  1. Great piece of history. Nice purchase!

  2. That's a cool swatch. Like a woven part of dress? Scarf?