LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will wrap up their disastrous season tonight. LeBron remains an NBA legend despite his team’s failures this year. The proof is in the price tag for a rare LBJ rookie card that sold for an insane price.
Goldin Auctions listed the 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection LeBron James rookie card. The final price came in at a cool $1,092,000. The card is unique as it features a patch from a jersey worn during LeBron’s first NBA season.
A similar card sold for $5.2 million last April. It was the most expensive basketball card ever sold at the time. While the latest sale didn’t quite match up to that number, it was still a massive amount for a trading card. Goldin announced the sale price on Twitter.
“Final Sale Price: $1,092,000”
The card was graded a mint 9 by Beckett. It was perfectly centered, with edges scoring 9.5 as well. The card’s surface got a near-perfect rating of 9.5. It was the corners, graded at 8.5, that made this one a little less valuable.
The LeBron James rookie card was more desirable than others due to the location and clarity of the included patch section. The cutout came from James’ signature #23 on his rookie year home jersey. The Lakers might be out of the playoffs, but LeBron James’ memorabilia prices continue to soar.