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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.

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Ronaldo / Messi Gold 07/10 !!! Ronaldo's # SWEET!!
18 bids - Price: $199.50 - Watchers: 32
Item # 221742821447
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Mario Gotze Germany Gold Power Prizm 3/5 !!! SSP
26 bids - Price: $167.00 - Watchers: 29
Item # 221742815442
2014 PANINI PRIZM -- SERGIO AGUERO -- WORLD CUP STARS ** GOLD PRIZM ** -- 07/10
17 bids - Price: $67.00 - Watchers: 28
Item # 181718033642
Jurgen Klinsmann 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Stars Green Crystal Prizm 09/25
28 bids - Price: $117.50 - Watchers: 22
Item # 191556802209
2014 PANINI PRIZM -- CLINT DEMPSEY -- ** BLACK PRIZM ** USA -- AUTOGRAPH -- 1/1
9 bids - Price: $304.99 - Watchers: 22
Item # 191559622753
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer Neymer Jr. Base Green#/25 Brazil FC Barcelona
19 bids - Price: $91.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 141635259165
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Brasil Green Crystal MARCO REUS #91 #11/25 Germany
11 bids - Price: $60.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 251917222509
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Eden Hazard AUTO Belgium
6 bids - Price: $13.50 - Watchers: 18
Item # 331529624691
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Lionel Mess Argentina Lot of 14 including Pink Prizm
10 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 17
Item # 221742835066
2014 PANINI PRIZM -- PELE -- WORLD CUP STARS ** BLUE PRIZM ** -- RARE -- 020/199
5 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 15
Item # 181718027496
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Lot including Pink Prizm!
18 bids - Price: $44.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 221742828500
2014 PANINI PRIZM -- CRISTIANO RONALDO -- WORLD CUP STARS * PURPLE PRIZM * 40/99
8 bids - Price: $46.07 - Watchers: 14
Item # 191559626832
ROBERTO CARLOS 2014 PANINI PRIZM FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL AUTO AUTOGRAPH
9 bids - Price: $77.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 201329466310