Georges St-Pierre (GSP) (28-2) is widely seen as one of the greatest martial artists of all-time, and still has a legion of fans who would love to see him return in 2021.
St-Pierre is a former two-division champion in the UFC, having won titles in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.
Aside from a potential superfight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, it’s unlikely we’ll see him in the octagon again.
Here’s a rundown with some of the best GSP cards on the market right now, along with investment advice for the future.
The Best Georges St-Pierre (GSP) Cards
St-Pierre made his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at UFC 46, back in 2004. This means that there are lots of options to choose from as he was included in the majority of important sets over the last 15 years.
5. 2021 Panini Select UFC Georges St-Pierre #243 (eBay)
2021 Panini Select UFC follows the three-tiered base card blueprint seen in the past, with GSP included in the Concourse, Premier Level, and Octagonside collections. For the purposes of this list we’re sticking with ‘Octagonside’, which is numbered #243.
It features an action shot of the fighter throwing a stiff jab, while there are various rare parallels to be on the lookout for. (Prices have yet to settle properly as the set was released July 30, 2021.)
Parallels: Lucky Envelopes #/8
Prizms Parallels: Scope, Silver, Tri-Color, Zebra, Red #/99, Tie-Dye #/25, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1
Disco Prizms Parallels: Base, Red #/199, Blue #/99, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1
4. 2021 Panini Prizm UFC Champion Signatures Georges St-Pierre #CS-GSP (eBay)
Sticking with recent releases, the 2021 Panini Prizm UFC Champion Signatures subset features a collection of nine of the best fighters to hold a belt in the promotion.
GSP is included at middleweight, as he defeated Michael Bisping by submission at UFC 217 to become only the fourth fighter in the history of the organisation to be a multi-division champion.
One slight drawback is that the auto is of the stickered variety.
Parallels: Silver, Green, Blue #/35, Mojo #/25, Gold #/10, Black 1/1
3. 2009 eTopps UFC Georges St-Pierre RC #2 (eBay)
2009 eTopps UFC is a little-known set released back in 2009.
Many collectors look to either 2009 Topps UFC Round 1, or 2009 Topps UFC Bloodlines when hunting for vintage GSP cards. However, this early release has a print run of only 999 copies, making for one of his rarest cards overall.
It features an action shot of St-Pierre in his welterweight title victory over Thiago Alves at UFC 100.
We think that it has great potential to rise in demand, especially if you’re looking at graded copies.
2. 2017 Topps UFC Chrome Georges St Pierre #96 (eBay)
Topps Chrome sets are always some of the more popular with collectors, having been released since the 1996-97 season with the inaugural basketball box.
2017 is the debut release for UFC, and it was only available in a hobby format.
We’re sticking with the base card for the purposes of this list, thanks to a great image of GSP coupled with a variety of numbered Refractor parallels. (He’s also listed as a welterweight, as it was released before his fight with Bisping.)
Parallels: Refractor (1:3 packs), X-Fractor (1:24 packs), Diamond Refractor (Hot Box), Green Refractor #/99, Blue Wave Refractor #/75, Gold Refractor #/50, Orange Refractor #/25, Black Refractor #/10, Red Refractor #/5, SuperFractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
1. 2009 Topps UFC Georges St-Pierre RC #FA-GSP (eBay)
The 2009 Topps UFC Round 2 set contains a GSP autographed RC from a collection which is one of our favourites.
It’s not the first signed St-Pierre card, which comes courtesy of the 2008 Donruss Americana II Ring Kings set. However, graded dipoles are still few and far between, while it definitely has better aesthetic appeal.
Georges St-Pierre (GSP) Cards: Buyers Guide
Here are our thoughts on the current state of the market for GSP cards.
The Best Cheap Georges St-Pierre (GSP) Cards
The 2021 range is still affordable, so we’d look at one of the numbered parallels depending on your budget. GSP is well respected, and his cards are relatively affordable given his achievements.
The Best Georges St-Pierre (GSP) Investment Card
Either the 2008 or 2009 signed St-Pierre card would be our top pick with an unlimited budget. They’re just too good to pass up on, especially for a fledgling sport like MMA.
Georges St-Pierre (GSP) Cards: Buying/Selling Advice
Unlike many other fighters, GSP has a reputation as a martial artist first and foremost. He’s an all-around good guy, and is unlikely to get into any trouble outside of his movie roles.
When he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2020 President Dana White said;
“Georges St-Pierre is a pioneer of Canadian MMA who helped build the sport globally, he is the most famous athlete to ever come out of Canada and one of the greatest martial artists of all-time. We’re proud to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2020.”
As such, his cards are one of the safer investments overall. Then there’s the off-chance that he does return for a big money fight. Another triumphant return would cement his legacy (and increase card prices) forever.