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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.

37 Card 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer YELLOW RED REFRACTOR HUGE Lot-Messi++
7 bids - Price: $22.59 - Watchers: 28
Item # 371127663747
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer Signatures Autograph Auto Marco Van Basten
26 bids - Price: $142.50 - Watchers: 28
Item # 121417229907
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup TEAM PHOTO 32 Card REFRACTOR Set-VERY Rare 1/1 ?
10 bids - Price: $30.00 - Watchers: 27
Item # 331296762591
(43)2014 Panini Prizm World Cup STARS REFRACTORS(Near Set)-Messi,Ronaldo,Baggio+
8 bids - Price: $18.50 - Watchers: 24
Item # 390915520624
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Stars Mesut Ozil #15/25 GREEN CRYSTAL REFRACTOR 1/1
20 bids - Price: $91.88 - Watchers: 23
Item # 390914869900
53 Card 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup RED WHITE BLUE REFRACTOR HUGE Lot-Neymar Jr+
4 bids - Price: $10.49 - Watchers: 23
Item # 371127792430
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup NET FINDERS 25 Cd REFRACTOR Set-Ronaldo,Messi+ 1/1 ?
9 bids - Price: $40.00 - Watchers: 23
Item # 331297257274
2014 Panini Prizm FIFA World Cup AUTO Hugo Sanchez MEXICO
5 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 22
Item # 321499503926
(25)2014 Panini Prizm World Cup CUP CAPTAINS REFRACTORS(Near Set)-Ronaldo,Lahm++
5 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 22
Item # 331297405398
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup STARS Complete 49 Card Set-Messi,PELE,Ronaldo,Baggio
13 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 22
Item # 390915623141
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup GUARDIANS Complete 25 Card REFRACTOR Set-Rare 1/1 ?
19 bids - Price: $42.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 331296454112
45 Card 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer BLUE RED REFRACTOR MASSIVE Lot MINT
8 bids - Price: $27.09 - Watchers: 20
Item # 390914590177
Panini 2014 Prizm World Cup Gold Power Prizm Italy Claudio Marchisio 5/5 1/1
7 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 20
Item # 201154848962
Panini Prizm World Cup 2014 Net Finders Power Gold /5 LOT ! Aguero, Higuain...
5 bids - Price: $113.50 - Watchers: 20
Item # 261570433128
2014 Panini Prizm Soccer Andrea Pirlo Auto FIFA World Cup Autograph ITALY #S-AP
9 bids - Price: $41.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 291225869535
Panini Prizm Fifa World Cup Brazil 2014 Arjen Robben serial numbered auto 25/25
15 bids - Price: $209.42 - Watchers: 20
Item # 191293485486
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