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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.

Mesut Ozil BGS 9.5/10 AUTO 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures Germany SP
19 bids - Price: $41.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 181787160305
Fabio Cannavaro BGS 9.5/10 AUTO 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures ITALY SP
11 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 18
Item # 181787160351
Belgique/Belgie 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Team Photos #4 Gold 10/10 non auto
16 bids - Price: $71.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 201378720309
2014 PANINI PRIZM FIFA WORLD CUP SOCCER HOBBY BOX
29 bids - Price: $94.57 - Watchers: 17
Item # 121689569978
Alexi Lalas BGS 9.5/10 AUTO 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures Team USA SP
12 bids - Price: $19.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 181787160124
Carlos Valderrama BGS 9.5/10 AUTO 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signature COLOMBIA
14 bids - Price: $16.00 - Watchers: 16
Item # 181787160272
Salvador 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Posters #11 Gold Prizm 01/10 non auto
12 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 191613755293
Ivan Zamorano BGS 9.5/10 AUTO 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures CHILE SP
10 bids - Price: $14.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 181787160074
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Gold Prizm Chile Mauricio Isla #04/10 JERSEY # 1/1
8 bids - Price: $8.27 - Watchers: 13
Item # 171841090573
Neymar Jr. #095/199 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Stars Blue Refractor #7 Brazil
3 bids - Price: $4.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 181787780042
David Ospina 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Guardians #25 Gold Prizm 09/10 non auto
9 bids - Price: $21.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 201378719877
ROBIN VAN PERSIE 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Auto Autograph Card NETHERLANDS
3 bids - Price: $32.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 331594402519
2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP Gerard Pique AUTO
2 bids - Price: $1.79 - Watchers: 12
Item # 271915071581
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Eden Hazard Green Cracked Ice Refractor /25
5 bids - Price: $112.50 - Watchers: 11
Item # 281735466813
2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER PURPLE /99 RED /149 BLUE REFRACTORS LOT (64)
40 bids - Price: $275.00 - Watchers: 11
Item # 271918677007
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer Xavi Hernandez Autograph Auto Sig Spain
15 bids - Price: $19.50 - Watchers: 11
Item # 161751251735