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Sixers fan strikes gold after finding Ben Simmons’ 14-karat rookie card

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On Thursday, Joon Lee of Bleacher Report wrote a feature story about a card collector from Oregon named Wendell Williams who recently struck gold when he opened a pack of cards that contained a 2016-17 rookie card of Philadelphia 76ers rising star point guard Ben Simmons.

“I went to the store not to buy cards but cases and sleeves,” Williams told Bleacher Report. “I end up buying a box thinking I’m going to get cardboard and got gold.”

According to Lee, the card could be worth over a whopping $150,000 and Williams may not even sell it because of the amount of love he has for the gold Simmons card.

“With the playoffs and where it’s at, Ben Simmons playing the way he is, and my love of the card, there could be $150,000 non-taxed in my face, and I don’t know if I would take it,” Williams said. “Most people would. I just love the card literally that much.”

Ben Simmons 2016-17 Rookie Card

Photo courtesy of Wendell Williams

It is definitely worth something to think about as to whether Simmons is actually considered a rookie or a sophomore during his amazing 2017-18 season, which continues to be a hot debate topic amongst many NBA fans.

“That this 2016-17 Simmons is a ‘true rookie card,’ as collectors call it (do what you want with that information, Donovan Mitchell), makes it all the more valuable. The card’s one-of-a-kind nature, the integration of gold and Simmons’ massive potential underscore the high price tag,” Lee said.

During the Sixers’ 4-1 series victory over the Miami Heat, the rising star averaged an impressive stat line with 18.2 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the field, 10.6 rebounds, 9.0 assists, and 2.4 steals per game in 37.6 minutes of action per contest.