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.

NEYMAR JR. 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER BRAZIL AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5 10 AUTO
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ANDREA PIRLO 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER ITALY AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5 10 AUTO
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FERNANDO TORRES 2014 PANINI PRIZM FIFA WORLD CUP PRIZMS AUTO /25
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9 bids - Price: $8.50 - Watchers: 10
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4 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 8
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2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 8
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LIONEL MESSI 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP BASE #12 RED REFRACTOR /149 ! BGS 9.5
6 bids - Price: $5.72 - Watchers: 7
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LIONEL MESSI 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP STARS #1 BLUE REFRACTOR /199 ! BGS 9.5
8 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 7
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MESUT OZIL 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER GERMANY AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5 10 AUTO
10 bids - Price: $19.50 - Watchers: 7
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6 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 6
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