One-of-a-kind LeBron James rookie card and the top ten most valuable basketball cards

One-of-a-kind LeBron James rookie card and the top ten most valuable basketball cards

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In 2016, a one-of-a-kind LeBron James 2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Logos Signature basketball card was sold for $312,000 by Goldin Auctions. Perhaps buoyed by James’ recent NBA Championship performance, the price paid was considerably higher than the $200,000 the card was projected to fetch in the weeks leading up to the auction.

Signed Upper Deck LeBron James rookie card fetches pile of cash at auction

King James’ signed rookie card is now the third most valuable basketball card of all time behind rookie cards for Lew Alcindor (1969 Topps – $501,900) and George Mikan (1948 Bowman – $403,664).

''My office is going to be buried in emails and phone calls for the next two weeks with people wanting me to sell their LeBron card.''

— Ken Goldin, Goldin Auctions president

Of the seven remaining basketball cards in the top ten most valuable, three belong to Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

10. BILL RUSSELL, 1957 TOPPS – $35,863

Bill Russell 1957 Topps rookie basketball card

9. WILT CHAMBERLAIN, 1961 FLEER – $38,240

Wilt Chamberlain 1961 Fleer rookie basketball card

8. MICHAEL JORDAN, SIGNED 1997 UD GAME JERSEY – $45,988

Michael Jordan 1997 Upper Deck Game Jersey Autographed basketball card

7. MICHAEL JORDAN, 1997 E-X2001 ESSENTIAL CRED. – $51,989

Michael Jordan 1997-98 Skybox Essential Credentials Now basketball card

6. BIRD/ERVING/JOHNSON, 1980 TOPPS – $60,667

Larry Bird | Julius Erving | Magic Johnson 1980 Topps basketball card

5. KOBE BRYANT, 1996 TOPPS CHROME – $73,000

Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractor rookie basketball card

4. MICHAEL JORDAN, 1986 FLEER – $82,000

Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer rookie basketball card

3. LEBRON JAMES, SIGNED 2003 UD ULTIMATE COLL. – $312,000

LeBron James 2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Logos Signature 1/1 rookie basketball card

2. GEORGE MIKAN, 1948 BOWMAN – $218,550

George Mikan 1948 Bowman basketball card

1. LEW ALCINDOR, 1969 TOPPS – $501,900

Lew Alcindor 1969 Topps rookie basketball card

2018-10-31T07:57:41+00:00 October 31st, 2018|

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