Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is breaking a new record every time he makes a move, and this time this has something to do with his rookie card.
Guess what… LeBron’s rookie card has hit the previous record for the highest-paid basketball card.
We are talking about an autographed 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Rookie Patch signed by the kid from Akron. The card signed for $5.2 million. Can you believe it? The rookie card is rated as a Mint 9 as noted by 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 hits different heights with his rookie card
LeBron’s rookie card is the most expensive basketball card in history. That’s not all. It is also tied for the highest-paid sports trading card ever sold.
Action Network’s Darren Rovell said the card matches the estimated value of a 1952 Topp Mickey Mantle card.
LeBron lived up to the hype as a high school star. He was one of the best draft prospects in the 2003-04 season. King James is one of the five players to hit at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in his rookie campaign.
LeBron has been part of the NBA for 18 years. He is 36 and he shocks rivals with his MVP performances.
The Lakers superstar is averaging 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game with the team. Well, the king of basketball sustained an ankle injury in the game against the Atlanta Hawks last month. He has only played 41 games in the regular season. Players will soon get the chance to play with a complete roster.