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Press Release - November 8, 2019

Tupac Shakur, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Prison Hospital Cards Offered at Auction for First Time

Card lists already-established hip hop star as "homeless”

Tupac Shakur signed floor locator card
DALLAS, Texas (November 8, 2019) — Floor locator card issued by Bellevue Hospital's prison ward to Tupac Shakur and Ol' Dirty Bastard, both signed by the hip hop legends, could bring $5,000 or more when the two cross the auction block for the first time.

Heritage Auctions is offering the two, rare cards in its Nov. 16 Entertainment Auctions' Entertainment Auction live and online via

The Tupac Shakur Signed Floor Locator Card With Picture and Fingerprint (1994) was generated when Shakur was shot five times while being robbed in the lobby of Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan in 1994, two years before he was killed in Las Vegas.

Of particular note is the fact that the locator card lists Shakur as being homeless, despite the fact that he already was firmly established as a major star in the hip hop community, thanks in part to the gold record status of the only album his group, Thug Life, ever released: Thug Life, Volume 1. Shakur's homeless status was not a reflection of financial distress, but rather a nod to the transient lifestyle of touring artists.

"This is a one-of-a-kind relic from one of the true legends of hip hop,” Heritage Auctions Entertainment and Music Memorabilia Director Garry Shrum said. "This card brings together two of the dominant themes of Tupac Shakur's life: his stature as a hip hop legend and the allusion to the violence that sometimes surrounded some members of the hip hop community, in which artists and fans professed unwavering loyalty to one artist or another. That he went to the hospital's prison ward, because of unrelated charges that were pending at the time, marries both worlds in a music keepsake that can not be replicated.”

A color photo of Shakur accompanies the card, which features his signature and a smudged fingerprint. The lot is offered along with a printout from about this period in Shakur's life.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard signed prison hospital card
A similar card up for bid was issued to hip hop artist Ol' Dirty Bastard. The floor locator card was issued to Russell Jones, aka, Ol' Dirty Bastard, when he was incarcerated in 2002. The Wu-Tang Clan member and solo artist signed the card with his birth name and provided his fingerprint in the lower right corner. The card measures 4 inches by 6 inches and has an opening bid of $1,000.

To see images and learn more about this and the rest of the 1,228 lots in the auction, visit

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