CGC Cards Featured Registry Set: Sachin Tendulkar – Cricket

Posted on 1/11/2024

This month's set showcases arguably the greatest batsman in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. Don’t miss a Q&A with the set owner.

In November 2023, the ICC Cricket World Cup culminated with Australia winning the coveted sporting event that occurs every four years. With that event in mind, we are featuring one of the greatest international cricketers of all-time and a former ICC Cricket World Cup winner through the Sachin Tendulkar player set by Manish Golecha. Don't miss our Q&A with the set owner here.

1996 Futera World Cup #34 Sachin Tendulkar graded CGC 9
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Widely regarded as the greatest batsman in cricket history, Tendulkar is a former player who captained the India national team. He began playing cricket at the age of 11 and made his debut at only 16 years old in 1989 in his first Test Match. Tendulkar continued to play and represent India for more than 24 years before retiring in 2013 after his 200th Test Match.

The cricket icon ended his playing career scoring 34,357 runs in 664 international cricket matches. His storied career is also marked by several records, including the record for all-time runs scored in both ODI and Test cricket, and the record for most international cricket Player of the Match awards. In 2019, Tendulkar was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

2012 Topps IPL Cricket Attax Sachin Tendulkar graded CGC 9.5
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Q&A with the CGC Cards Registry Set Owner

Hi, I am Manish Golecha, 30 years of age from India. I am a collector of coins, notes, stamps, cards and more. Anything that gives me a kick, I collect it. I have been collecting since childhood, and my first ever collectible was cards since we used to get them as freebies with various products. Now, I am a fulltime serious collector of cards, and hold one of India’s largest card collections. I am also building India’s largest and best graded card collection, which I aim to achieve soon. If you want to connect with me about cards, contact me @tradingcardsindia on Instagram and Facebook.

How did you get into collecting sports cards?

In my childhood, when I was around six or seven years old, I used to collect cards that came as freebies with cold drinks or chewing gum. So, I've been a collector since a very young age, especially of cricket [cards]. In India, cricket is a religion, so I too was addicted to the sport. When I grew older, I realized there were many more cards issued all around the world and with global e-com, it's fun to hunt them all around the world and not just within India.

What are your favorite sports teams and/or athletes to follow?

In cricket, I support my national team, India, and my favorite players are Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. Both are legends of their respective generation. My dad is a huge fan of Kapil Dev, so I have even collected his cards. I also follow F1 racing and am a big Max Verstappen fan and enjoy collecting his cards too.

What was your favorite card once you got into collecting?

When I was seven years old in 1999, Pepsi issued free cricket cards with one bottle. At that time, I had a Sachin Tendulkar card, which was very rare to get and probably even rarer now.

Do you have a different favorite card now?

My favorite card right now is probably two cards. First would be a Sachin Tendulkar 1996 Futera World Cup Warriors SAMPLE card. Those cards were numbered to 2,000 but I was lucky enough to grab a SAMPLE card (or you may call it a company sample/specimen card), which is hardly ever seen and very valuable and expensive.

The second favorite card from my collection would be a Max Verstappen portrait rookie card from the 2020 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition set. I am trying to collect most of the variants from 2020. Let's hope one day I can complete that set.

We're featuring your Sachin Tendulkar player set. What drew you to collecting and building this set?

Sachin Tendulkar is truly a legend. He is the king of cricket and is a true GOAT (greatest of all-time). He set records in an era where nobody was even close to his records, and in those days, cricket was tough. We grew up seeing him play. We have cried when he got out on 99 runs, so it's more like an emotion. When I came back to card collecting, the first card I bought was of Sachin Tendulkar, and I still continue to buy most of his cards.

Is there a card out there you’re hoping to add to your collection? Similarly, is there a set you hope to complete someday?

Yes, there is a 1992 Total Sachin card, which is quite expensive right now, and it's a card I would really like to add to my collection but in Mint grade. I want the CGC Top Pop in that card, but it's so rare. So, let's hope one day I will add that card to my collection.

What do you enjoy most about adding your cards to the CGC Cards Registry?

I can watch them as a set in a beautiful way and I can organize it as I want. If I want to show someone my collection, I can show him right on my mobile without the need to search image and then arrange them. It becomes so easy to organize my collection and anyone can easily see a set of their interest without looking at other cards that are not of his interest. That's the best part.

What would you say to other sports cards collectors who may be on the fence about adding their cards to the CGC Cards Registry?

Just add! It's so easy, just enter the number and it's done. Most of the cards can be automatically made into sets with CGC Cards, as they have a huge database of set types. And if something is missing, you can request it and it gets fulfilled very soon. This system is great and collecting becomes more fun when you can organize well. Plus, you can compete with others to be the best in your genre.

About the CGC Cards Sports Card Registry

The CGC Cards Sports Card Registry is a free online platform where collectors can register and display their CGC-certified sports cards. The registry helps you to organize your collection and interact with other collectors. Begin adding your CGC-certified sports cards and create CGC Cards Registry sets here. Your sets are automatically considered for the annual CGC Cards Registry Awards, where winners receive a prize package that includes a $500 CGC Cards grading credit. For more information on the CGC Cards Registry Awards, you may find the announcement here.

If you don't see a set for your cards, you may request a set. Please review our CGC Cards Registry FAQs for details on how to add requests for sets and slots.

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