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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 Signatures NEYMAR JR.Auto BGS 9.5 Autograph 10
11 bids - Price: $185.00 - Watchers: 22
Item # 371421052917
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Stars Schweinsteiger Green Cracked Ice #12 of 25
11 bids - Price: $46.69 - Watchers: 21
Item # 141756415025
2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER BLUE REFRACTORS /199 LOT (143) RONALDO PELE
27 bids - Price: $137.50 - Watchers: 20
Item # 271971416017
Karim Benzema 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Gold Parallel 08/10 Refractor
5 bids - Price: $72.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 201417544572
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Lionel Messi Auto/ Autograph Card
1 bids - Price: $424.99 - Watchers: 12
Item # 281787123158
2014 World Cup Panini Prizm Hugo Sanchez #S-HS Base Auto
6 bids - Price: $12.06 - Watchers: 11
Item # 141755555140
David Silva 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Gold Parallel 07/10 Refractor
9 bids - Price: $82.00 - Watchers: 11
Item # 191677730496
PANINI PRIZM FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 JULIO CESAR 5/5 GUARDIANS GOLD POWER PRIZM
20 bids - Price: $73.02 - Watchers: 10
Item # 321847970890
ROBERTO BAGGIO 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP AUTOGRAPH ITALY AUTO SP $350+
22 bids - Price: $102.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 391243148780
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Stars CHIELLINI RAMOS Matchups GREEN /25 KJ FIFA
4 bids - Price: $12.52 - Watchers: 9
Item # 321848974689
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Stars Julio Cesar Green Cracked Ice #22 of 25
3 bids - Price: $16.50 - Watchers: 8
Item # 141756393830
2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER ALL MASTER INSERT COMPLETE SET (210) LOT
4 bids - Price: $13.50 - Watchers: 8
Item # 271971420534
Dirk Kuyt 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Gold Parallel 03/10 Refractor
5 bids - Price: $66.00 - Watchers: 8
Item # 191677719037
Diego Forlan SP 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures AUTO Uruguay Autograph
6 bids - Price: $4.25 - Watchers: 7
Item # 361375356877
2014 PANINI PRIZM -- MIROSLAV KLOSE -- ** AERIAL ASSAULT ** -- BLUE -- 133/199
4 bids - Price: $6.00 - Watchers: 7
Item # 181847473839
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Matchups Prizm Red #19 C.Ronaldo / L.Messi #/149
3 bids - Price: $10.99 - Watchers: 6
Item # 111755036653