Dan Wheldon Autographs Will Remain Popular

Racing lost one of its most charismatic and well-liked figures during the final race of the 2011 season at Las Vegas.  Dan Wheldon died as the result of a horrific crash and his passing shocked the world of sports.  Fatal wrecks in IndyCar are rare and coming at the very end of the season cast a pall over the sport for the next few months.  The only positive was a highly successful eBay auction of donated racing memorabilia undertaken by fellow driver Graham Rahal and others launched just days after Wheldon's death that raised thousands of dollars for the driver's wife and two daughters   Like many athletes who pass away at a young age, Dan Wheldon autographs have become highly sought after and quite valuable.

Wheldon was no ordinary driver.  He was a two-time Indy 500 winner who was cut down in the prime of his career.  A piece of memorabilia signed by multiple Indy winners isn't complete without Wheldon, but sadly many of those items race fans love will be incomplete.

Racer Autographs tracked the prices of Wheldon autographs on eBay from a roughly three-month period before his death on October 16 to another three-month stretch immediately after the wreck.

From July 15 to October 12, the average price for a Wheldon signature on eBay was $9.60.  Just over 40% of the listings created during that time priod actually sold.  You could buy a Wheldon autographed photo for less than $15--often less than $10.  No one had a die-cast car up on the block during that time.

From Oct. 16 to January 13, however, those numbers changed dramatically.  There were 476 listings for "Dan Wheldon autograph" according to our research.  The average price of an autograph from the late racer from recorded sales during that period was $69.27 and 66% of those items listed actually sold.  The going rate for a photo is now around $50.

Dan Wheldon autographs will likely continue to see a price increase.  More will wind up in the hands of collectors, creating a larger demand from those seeking to add them to a collection amid what appears to be a very limited supply.  We wish he was still on the track, still signing away for free and keeping the value down.

DAN WHELDON-AL UNSER JR. SIGNED NEW 2003 SUN TRUST INDY CHALLENGE
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DAN WHELDON AND BUDDY RICE SIGNED INDY 500 LIMITED EDITION BASEBALL STYLE CAP
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3 Indy 500 signed Card Sheets Indianapolis  Auto Dan Wheldon Justin Wilson Etc
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Indy 500 signed Card Sheet 2007 Indianapolis Autograph Danica,  Dan Wheldon Etc
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1 DAN WHELDON 2 JUSTIN WILSON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 2008 2009 PROMO PHOTO CARDS COA
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