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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.

Ruud Gullit 2014 Panini Prizm FIFA World Cup AUTO Soccer AUTOGRAPH Netherlands
16 bids - Price: $73.00 - Watchers: 23
Item # 261985409320
LUKA MODRIC 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP BRAZIL # 23 GOLD PRIZMS 4/10
21 bids - Price: $71.00 - Watchers: 22
Item # 201393823373
Wesley Sneijder BGS 9/10 AUTO 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures Netherlands
18 bids - Price: $21.50 - Watchers: 20
Item # 181815132668
Fernando Torres BGS 9/10 AUTO 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures Spain MINT
5 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 19
Item # 181815132622
Luis Figo 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures AUTO Portugal SP Autograph FIFA
36 bids - Price: $63.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 181815132793
2014 PANINI PRIZM LUIS SUAREZ AUTO AUTOGRAPH
9 bids - Price: $9.22 - Watchers: 17
Item # 231634610818
KEYLOR NAVAS 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP BRAZIL # 55 POWER GOLD PRIZMS 2/5
15 bids - Price: $27.00 - Watchers: 16
Item # 201393823339
NIGERIA 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP BRAZIL # 26 GOLD PRIZMS 10/10
8 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 311408830688
Andrea Pirlo 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer Signatures Autograph Auto
10 bids - Price: $30.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 201394928244
Tim Howard 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures AUTO USA SP Autograph FIFA
12 bids - Price: $12.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 181815132769
MIRALEM PJANIC 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP BRAZIL # 25 GOLD PRIZMS 8/10
9 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 15
Item # 311408830656
Panini Prizm 2014 FIFA World Cup YOICHIRO KAKITANI Japan GOLD parallel 06/10
9 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 14
Item # 141729865531
HRVATSKA 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP BRAZIL # 20 GOLD PRIZMS 9/10
25 bids - Price: $45.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 201393823246
ROMAN SHIROKOV 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP BRAZIL # 25 GOLD PRIZMS 6/10
13 bids - Price: $19.50 - Watchers: 11
Item # 311408830908
Panini Prizm 2014 FIFA World Cup ATSUTO UCHIDA LOT incl. GREEN purple red Japan
7 bids - Price: $13.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 141729869724
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Neymar Jr. Autograph Brazil AUTO Barcelona PERFECT!
1 bids - Price: $138.35 - Watchers: 10
Item # 221838963148
GIUSEPPE ROSSI 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP BRAZIL # 131 GOLD PRIZMS 8/10
14 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 9
Item # 311408830206
JAVIER MASCHERAND JOHN OBI MIKEL 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP GOLD PRIZM 1/10
13 bids - Price: $14.50 - Watchers: 9
Item # 201393823264