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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 -- ARJEN ROBBEN -- ** GOLD POWER ** -- WORLD CUP STARS -- 1/5
18 bids - Price: $290.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 191492570842
ANDREA PIRLO 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SIGNATURES AUTOGRAPH ITALY AUTO SP $150
10 bids - Price: $41.03 - Watchers: 19
Item # 351291991246
2014 Panini Fifa World Cup Colombia Juan Cuadrado Gold refractor Prizm 4/10 1/1
10 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 19
Item # 141549729250
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Mario Gotze Germany Green refractor 05/25
7 bids - Price: $32.00 - Watchers: 19
Item # 281575635179
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Daniele De Rossi Italy Gold refractor 3/5
11 bids - Price: $52.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 281575649524
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Oscar Brazil Chelsea auto autograph
13 bids - Price: $31.00 - Watchers: 16
Item # 281575653317
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Marco Van Basten Autograph Auto Holland SP
9 bids - Price: $120.50 - Watchers: 15
Item # 321650855528
2014 PANINI WORLD CUP PRIZM WESLEY SNEIJDER AUTOGRAPH (#S-WS)!!!
8 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 14
Item # 291359891248
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Rafael Marquez Mexio auto autograph
6 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 281575651564
2014 Panini World Cup Prizm James Rodriguez Signature /Auto Colombia Real Madrid
2 bids - Price: $103.49 - Watchers: 13
Item # 161570828618
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup ALEXI LALAS Autograph/Auto USA
8 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 321649194008
2014 Panini World Cup Thomas Muller Prizm Emerald Green 02/25
9 bids - Price: $113.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 231463283253
DIDIER DROGBA 2014 PANINI PRIZM BGS 9.5/10 ICORY COAST AUTOGRAPH AUTO SS1571
19 bids - Price: $56.00 - Watchers: 11
Item # 361194873333
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