LeBron James has been in the NBA for 17 seasons, which means he's been on the front of a lot of basketball cards. One of those cards might soon sell for $1 milion. Last week, a James 2003-2004 Upper Deck Exquisite rookie card made its way onto the auction block and was expected to draw a significant amount of interest. According to Action Network's Darren Rovell, it has.
It broke the record for the most expensive modern-day card with a $960,000 bid last week. The card is being auctioned off by Goldin Auctions, and is still up to bid on until July 18.
JUST IN: We have a new record for a modern day card. This LeBron card is currently at $960,000, including buyer’s premium, in @GoldinAuctions sale.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 26, 2020
There are 23 days left.
Previous record was Mike Trout card, which sold in @GoldinAuctions sale last month for $922,500. pic.twitter.com/5gOzn0h46r
Earlier this month, Goldin Auctions said that they believed that the card would sell for over $1 million. Bidding opened on June 22, so its looking likely that the card will go for seven figures.
The previous record was set two months ago when a Mike Trout rookie card fetched $922,500. This James card is one of just 23 cards of its kind that exists. The one up for auction is No. 14 of 23 and has a gem mint rating of 9.5 out of 10. In addition to having James' signature on it, the card also has a piece of fabric from a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey that the star forward wore as a rookie.
"The basketball card market is on fire," Goldin Auction said earlier this month. "We expect this will surpass the record recently set by the $922,500 Mike Trout card to become the most valuable basketball and most valuable modern card of all time."
The card comes from the 2003-04 NBA season, following James being selected by the Cavaliers with the top pick in the draft.