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LeBron James Rookie Cards: 10 Hottest on eBay Now

LeBron arrived in the midst of an explosion of autographed jersey cards and multiple manufacturers,  but when you consider the hottest LeBron James rookie cards –it’s sometimes more fun to dig beyond that 2003-04 debut season. When it comes to LeBron, it’s not always his rookie cards that are the most popular with collectors.

Some prefer the dual-signed cards with James and Jordan.  Others like the low print runs of other relic cards.  James’ debut coincided with Upper Deck Exquisite, a brand that created a whole new tier of cards, the likes of which had never really been seen before.  They were limited enough to push prices well out of sight for many.

Demand for Lebron James Cards

Demand for LeBron James cards remains high.  It’s a good time to check the pulse of what collectors and investors are watching on eBay.  Sellers hoping to take advantage of the annual attention LeBron gets in the post-season are likely to do well.  However, there’s a danger in selling too low as the next few years play out and LeBron chases even more hardware.  He may re-write the NBA record book if his body holds up.  Six, seven, eight more years of playing at a high level is not out of the question and more championships are also possible.  Iconic players are almost always the best sports card investments and LeBron certainly fits that category.

Lower Priced LeBron James Rookie Cards

Luckily for those with limited budgets, there is no shortage of LeBron’s rookie cards and if you simply want a few from any portion of his career, there are plenty of low priced options.  Beckett’s database shows over 6,000 different cards created so far.

High-End LeBron Cards

Still, the action is on the higher end.  It’s common for autographed rookie cards numbered to less than 100 to sell for well into five figures.   The same is true for certain 1/1 autographs.  Those with 9.5 or 10 grades consistently draw big bucks.  Like vintage baseball card collectors and Mickey Mantle, the demand for James cards keeps prices strong.  Those who invested early have seen the value of their LeBron James rookie cards grow pretty nicely.

Of course, his autographs, photos and other memorabilia are also strong sellers.

With that in mind, here’s a real-time list of the hottest LeBron James rookie cards right now on eBay.

Hottest LeBron James Rookie Cards on eBay

2003 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE RC /50 #111 PSA 9 MT (PWCC)
30 bids - Price: $8,400.00 - Watchers: 132
Item #142537299448
2003 Topps Chrome LeBron James ROOKIE RC #111 BGS 10 PRISTINE (PWCC)
46 bids - Price: $10,427.00 - Watchers: 128
Item #401422801638
2003 SP Authentic LeBron James ROOKIE RC AUTO /500 #148 PSA 10 GEM MINT (PWCC)
27 bids - Price: $7,600.00 - Watchers: 101
Item #352184577283
2003 SP Authentic Limited LeBron James ROOKIE, PSA/DNA 10 AUTO /50 PSA 9 (PWCC)
26 bids - Price: $6,100.00 - Watchers: 90
Item #352184577504
2003 SP Authentic Signature LeBron James ROOKIE RC AUTO PSA 10 GEM MINT (PWCC)
25 bids - Price: $1,945.00 - Watchers: 76
Item #401422800999
2003 Topps Chrome Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE RC #111 PSA 10 GEM MINT (PWCC)
24 bids - Price: $3,700.00 - Watchers: 68
Item #142537299442
2003 Topps Chrome Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE RC #111 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT (PWCC)
13 bids - Price: $2,125.00 - Watchers: 62
Item #142537299438
2003 Topps Chrome Black Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE /500 #111 BGS 8.5 (PWCC)
21 bids - Price: $2,025.00 - Watchers: 55
Item #142537299446
LeBron James 2003-04 Topps Chrome Black Refractor #291/500 RC - Cavaliers MVP
32 bids - Price: $1,136.00 - Watchers: 41
Item #282699987055
2003 Finest Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE RC /250 #133 BGS 8.5 NM-MT+ (PWCC)
16 bids - Price: $306.00 - Watchers: 40
Item #142537282741
2003 Topps Chrome Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE RC #111 PSA 9 MINT (PWCC)
9 bids - Price: $1,025.00 - Watchers: 40
Item #352184578897
LEBRON JAMES 2003-04 TOPPS BLACK /500 ROOKIE CARD RC
8 bids - Price: $127.50 - Watchers: 37
Item #202081520814
2002 Finest Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE RC /250 #178 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT (PWCC)
14 bids - Price: $876.00 - Watchers: 35
Item #142537274089
2003 SP Signature Edition LeBron James ROOKIE RC PATCH /499 #101 BGS 9 MT (PWCC)
18 bids - Price: $296.00 - Watchers: 35
Item #401422801256
2003 Skybox Autographics LeBron James ROOKIE RC /1500 #77 BGS 9.5 GEM MT (PWCC)
9 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 33
Item #352184577277