Exquisite LeBron James Rookie Card Fetches $1.72 Million at Record Auction

It seems like 2021 is the year of the trading card, and there’s been another gigantic sale for one of the worlds most recognisable athletes. Goldin Auctions has announced its April Premium auction has broken the record for the all-time high sale price for a LeBron James 2003 Exquisite Rookie Patch card, which sold for US$1.72 million.

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It was a wild weekend at the auctions with the premium trading card auction house closing $13.4 million in total sales. Amongst them, were many record-breaking sales, including the all-time high for any Wilt Chamberlain card, which sold for $461,250 and the highest price ever for a Tim Duncan card, which sold for $223,860.

“LeBron James is one of the greatest of all time so it’s no surprise that his cards continue to smash records… what’s really incredible is the massive enthusiasm that we’re seeing across other sports and categories. Prices for cards across sports like golf, soccer and hockey, and for trading card games like Pokémon, have absolutely taken off and we’re just scratching the surface,” said Ken Goldin, Founder and Chairman of Goldin Auctions.

Additional sales included a signed Tom Brady 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket card that went for $1.72 million, a Wayne Gretzky rookie card that sold for $248,460, and a Pokémon card portraying Tsunekazu Ishihara, the president of The Pokémon Company, that sold for $247,230.


Goldin Auctions April Premium Sales

  • 2001 “Authentic Stars” Autograph #45 Tiger Woods Signed Rookie Card (#810/900) – $105,780
  • 2004-05 “Exquisite Collection” Michael Jordan/LeBron James Dual Signed NBA All-Star Game Used Patch Card (#4/5) – $124,230
  • 2009-10 Topps Chrome Refractor #101 Stephen Curry Rookie Card (#041/500) – $136,530
  • 2004-05 Mundicromo La Liga #617 Lionel Messi Rookie Card – $59,040
  • 2017 Tsunekazu Ishihara Signed Pokemon GX Promo Card – $247,230
  • 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card – $430,500
  • 1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractors #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card – $270,600
  • 2002-03 Panini Sports Mega Craques #137 Cristiano Ronaldo Rookie Card – $209,100
  • 1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Rookie Card – $159,900
  • 2007-08 Exquisite #94 Kevin Durant Rookie Patch Autograph Gold (#12/35) – $116,850
  • 1977 Futbol (Soccer) Discs #11 Diego Armando Maradona Rookie Card – $100,860
  • 1996-97 Bowman’s Best Rookie Atomic Refractor #R23 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card – $56,580

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Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Journalist position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employing a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.