A signed rookie card from Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is expected to rake in over $1 million once it hits the auction block on June 22, according to TMZ Sports. The card is considered the holy grail of modern sports trading cards as one of the most sought-after items for any basketball collector.
This 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite card is one of the 23 produced (numbered 14 of the bunch) and will hit the block at Goldin Auctions, who expect it to sell for over a million dollars.
LeBron James 2003-04 Exquisite Collection signed card — Image courtesy of Goldin Auctions
The card’s condition is rated a 9.5 or in “gem mint” condition by Beckett Authentication Services— something that will draw great interest for those collectors looking to hit the jackpot of basketball card memorabilia.James’ autograph received a perfect 10 upon inspection for its perfect legibility and lossless quality.
Trout could soon be dethroned by none other than King James, who averaged 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists as a rookie for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“The basketball card market is on fire,” Goldin told TMZ Sports.”We expect this will surpass the record recently sent by the $922,500 Mike Trout card to become the most valuable basketball and most valuable modern card of all time.”
The card, which is signed in blue ink by the Lakers star, also includes a piece from his Cavs uniform — a glowing touch of uniqueness for any collector.
Needless to say, whoever gets this card will be one happy winner after getting hands in this monumental piece of basketball history.