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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 FIFA World Cup PELE Brazil Legend Refractor Ref Auto 17/25 SSP
18 bids - Price: $510.00 - Watchers: 44
Item # 301370531011
2014 Panini Prizm FIFA World Cup Carlos Valderrama Refractor Auto 10/25 JSY# 1/1
13 bids - Price: $205.50 - Watchers: 36
Item # 301370532610
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer Green Krystal Robin Van Persie 23/25 G2
13 bids - Price: $60.00 - Watchers: 23
Item # 331359953024
2014 Panini FIFA World Cup NEYMAR JR Brazil GOLD PRIZM REFRACTOR 9/10
11 bids - Price: $125.00 - Watchers: 22
Item # 141450914924
2014 Panini Prizm FIFA World Cup Neymar JR. And Arjen Robben Auto Autograph Card
6 bids - Price: $330.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 151453364859
2014 Panini FIFA World Cup JAVIER HERNANDEZ Mexico GOLD PRIZM REFRACTOR 7/10
7 bids - Price: $33.26 - Watchers: 20
Item # 351208232665
Lionel Messi 2014 Panini FIFA World Cup Prizm Auto
18 bids - Price: $330.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 331362238328
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Portugal Parallel Set Lot 95 Ronaldo Eusebio Figo
14 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 201203605846
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Poster & Mascot Insert Parallel Set Lot 72 Fuleco
5 bids - Price: $16.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 191391221230
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Matchups Parallel Set Lot 158 Ronaldo Messi Neymar
5 bids - Price: $22.55 - Watchers: 18
Item # 201203633648
WAYNE ROONEY 2014 Panini World Cup Soccer GOLD PRIZM REFRACTOR #d /10 England
27 bids - Price: $76.99 - Watchers: 16
Item # 271649878201
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Complete Master Set 411 Cards All Inserts Messi
4 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 15
Item # 201203707776
Andrew Luck 2014 Panini FIFA World Cup Prizm Auto
8 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 15
Item # 361098561798
2014 Panini Prizm FIFA World Cup FABIO CANNAVARO Autograph Italy RARE Auto
9 bids - Price: $31.90 - Watchers: 14
Item # 291275990921
Cristiano Ronaldo 2014 Panini FIFA World Cup Prizm Purple #96/99
8 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 14
Item # 331360141687
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