LeBron James reacts to record-setting sale of rookie card, says he has two of them
A LeBron James rookie card recently set a modern-day record when it sold for $1.8 million, and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar reacted to the news by revealing he has a few of the rare pieces of memorabilia in his possession.
Part of the “2003-2004 Upper Deck Exquisite” series, the limited-edition James rookie card — — only 23 were produced — shattered the modern-day auction record set recently when a Mike Trout rookie card sold for $922,000 in May.
Goldin Auctions, which ran the bidding war, graded the James rookie card as 9.5/10, which designates it as in “gem mint” condition. Not only is the card signed by James, it also features a patch from a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey worn by the superstar during his Rookie of the Year-winning 2003-04 season.
In reaction to a tweet from ESPN about the sale, James indicated he is the owner of two of the very same rare rookie cards.
.@KingJames is sitting on a couple million right now… in cards @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/LwqdancL5u— ESPN (@espn) July 20, 2020
“Guess who else has a couple of those exact ones too,” James wrote.
The sale of the card for $1.845 million on Sunday to Lob.com CEO Leore Avidar is nothing short of “shocking,” according to a sports memorabilia insider, even though it was widely expected that the auction would set a record before it was all said and done.
“If we were talking about a T206 [Honus] Wagner, or a 1952 [Mickey] Mantle, it probably wouldn’t be that much news,” Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin told ESPN. “But when you’re talking about a card that was literally produced 17 years ago and is for a guy still playing in the NBA, it’s just shocking news to a lot of people. It’s really where my particular industry has been going for several years.”