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Lionel Messi Signed Card from Prizm Sold for $13,899

A 1/1 Lionel Messi signed card from Panini’s World Cup Prizm issue has sold for what is believed to be the highest price ever for a modern issue  soccer trading card.  The Black Prizm card featuring the autograph of the international superstar from Argentina was the prime pull from the product, which launched in May.

Lionel Messi signed 2014 Panini Prizm black 1/1According to Panini, the buyer was a trading card store owner from Taiwan, who submitted the best offer after the card was listed on eBay for $24,999.  The card had been pulled from a $5 pack on June 10 at The Sports Source, a card shop in Burbank, CA.

Messi had two goals in Argentina’s 3-2 win over Nigeria on Wednesday. He’s considered the best player in the world and among the best soccer players of all-time.

SBack of Lionel Messi Panini Prizm World Cup 1/1ports Source owner Dave Rodriguez told Panini that the collector who pulled the card is a big soccer fan who opted to let the shop handle the sale of the card.  after purchasing a few boxes each week for about a month.

Prizm World Cup has yielded eight cards that have sold for $2,300 or more since its release including a dual-signed Christiano Ronaldo/Pele card that brought $5,000 but the Messi signed card, numbered on the back, is the biggest prize.

“Who knows,” Rodriguez told Panini. “Maybe Argentina will win the World Cup and the guy buying it will capitalize and sell it for twice as much.”

Below is a look at the ‘most watched’ Prizm World Cup cards on eBay now.

LIONEL MESSI 2014 Panini Prizm FIFA World Cup BGS 9.5/10 AUTO Argentina!
9 bids - Price: $471.00 - Watchers: 21
Item # 161456366440
2014 Panini Prizm FIFA World Cup Radamel Falcao World Cup Stars Gold #/10 SP
8 bids - Price: $99.99 - Watchers: 19
Item # 161454908037
Panini 2014 Prizm World Cup Soccer Signatures S-FA Radamel Falcao AUTO
5 bids - Price: $36.99 - Watchers: 18
Item # 261630598070
Gerard Pique 2014 Panini FIFA World Cup WC Prizm Auto
3 bids - Price: $4.25 - Watchers: 18
Item # 161454609116
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Green Refractor 05/25
15 bids - Price: $91.01 - Watchers: 18
Item # 301363110038
Panini 2014 Prizm World Cup Soccer Signatures S-TH United States Tim Howard AUTO
8 bids - Price: $25.55 - Watchers: 17
Item # 261630967038
Panini 2014 Prizm World Cup Soccer Signatures S-HS Mexico Hugo Sanchez AUTO
3 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 261630972314
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Complete Master Set 411 Cards All Inserts Messi
8 bids - Price: $91.00 - Watchers: 16
Item # 191381473414
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup SERGIO RAMOS Green Crystal 17/25 SPAIN
7 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 15
Item # 171507977308
2014 Panini Prizm FIFA World Cup Sergio Ramos Spain World Cup Stars Gold #/10 SP
13 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 161454894964
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup HERNANDEZ NEYMAR Green Crystal 19/25 MEXICO BRASIL
6 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 14
Item # 171507975504
2014 Panini Prizm FIFA Soccer Andrea Pirlo Auto World Cup Autograph Italy S190
2 bids - Price: $29.90 - Watchers: 14
Item # 331351126008
Panini 2014 Prizm World Cup Soccer Signatures S-CV Colombia Carlos Valderrama AU
6 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 261630603905
2014 Panini Prizm NEYMAR JR World Cup Brasil Auto Autograph SP BGS 9.5 Auto 10
16 bids - Price: $270.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 161456330607
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