A LeBron James rookie card has smashed the previous record for the highest-priced basketball card.
The item is an autographed 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Rookie Patch signed by James himself. It signed for $5.2 million and is rated as a Mint 9, according to PWCC:
“At the heart of every collector in 2003, was the hope of pulling the ultra-rare Lebron James Rookie Patch Auto Parallel numbered to 23 copies,” PWCC said in a recent Instagram post. “With so few ever becoming available and demand increasing by the day, this card is quickly becoming the crown jewel of all sports card investing.
“We’re pleased to have privately brokered the deal for the most valuable basketball card ever sold.”
LeBron James' rookie card is not only the most expensive basketball card in history, but is also tied for the highest-priced sports trading card ever sold.
Darren Rovell of Action Network reported the card matches the value of a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card:
JUST IN: @PWCCmarketplace says it has sold a LeBron James signed rookie card for $5.2 million, ties sale of 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle for most paid for a trading card https://t.co/a4iDpcWOuE pic.twitter.com/5pPWA8Wmqe
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 26, 2021
James lived up to the hype as a high school phenom and one of the most high-profile draft prospects ever during that 2003-04 season. He is one of just five players to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in his rookie season.
Over 18 years later, the 36-year-old is still playing at an MVP level.
LeBron James’ stats sit at an impressive 25.4 points 7.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game this season. However, he sustained an ankle injury against the Atlanta Hawks last month and has only played 41 games on the season. He is nearing a return, though, and will likely hope to make more history in attempting to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to back-to-back championships.