A rookie card carrying NBA superstar LeBron James’ signature has been sold for a whopping $2.46 million, making it the most valuable rookie card in a particular category sold to date, according to BleacherReport.
The card in question is numbered 23 out of the 99 that were made for the 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection. According to Goldin Auctions, it fetched the highest price in the history of the exquisite collection.
The final sale price for the signed rookie card went for $2.46 million. That is a new record for that card at auction.
Another LeBron rookie card went for record $5.2 million in April this year. The said card hold the record for being the most valuable basketball card sold in the history of the sport.
The popularity and demand for sports memorabilia has been on the rise over the last few years, with trading cards witnessing a tremendous surge in sales and pricing especially in the wake of the pandemic.
Basketball cards bearing signatures of James, the late great Kobe Bryant and the legendary Michael Jordan have seen a record spike in sales and pricing, with many fetching several million dollars during the surge period.