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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 SP Authentic LeBron James ROOKIE RC AUTO /500 #148 PSA 10 GEM MINT (PWCC)
22 bids - Price: $6,803.00 - Watchers: 82
Item #352228975520
2003 Topps Chrome Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE RC #111 PSA 10 GEM MINT (PWCC)
19 bids - Price: $3,275.00 - Watchers: 78
Item #142617950228
2003 Topps Chrome Black Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE RC /500 #111 PSA 9 (PWCC)
25 bids - Price: $2,000.00 - Watchers: 73
Item #352228976573
2003 SP Authentic LeBron James ROOKIE RC AUTO /500 #148 BGS 9 MINT (PWCC)
28 bids - Price: $3,002.00 - Watchers: 69
Item #142617948196
LeBron James 2003-04 Topps Chrome Black Refractor #082/500 RC - Cleveland Cavs
34 bids - Price: $415.00 - Watchers: 64
Item #282765695745
2003 SPx Signed Jersey LeBron James ROOKIE RC AUTO PATCH /750 #151 PSA 10 (PWCC)
15 bids - Price: $3,150.00 - Watchers: 52
Item #142617948670
2003 SPx Winning Materials LeBron James ROOKIE RC AUTO PATCH /100 #WMA-LJ (PWCC)
16 bids - Price: $337.00 - Watchers: 52
Item #401456217260
2003 Bowman Chrome R & S LeBron James ROOKIE RC #123 BGS 10 PRISTINE (PWCC)
20 bids - Price: $785.00 - Watchers: 44
Item #352228974812
LeBron James 2003-04 Topps Chrome TRUE GEM RC BGS 9.5 - All Subgrades 9.5
12 bids - Price: $453.00 - Watchers: 40
Item #272972267738
2003 UD Legends Signs Of A Future Legend LeBron James ROOKIE RC AUTO (PWCC)
6 bids - Price: $649.00 - Watchers: 39
Item #352228977436
2003 Topps Chrome Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE RC #111 BGS 9 MINT (PWCC)
16 bids - Price: $551.00 - Watchers: 38
Item #142617950227
2003 Topps Chrome Refractor LeBron James ROOKIE RC #111 PSA 10 GEM MINT (PWCC)
11 bids - Price: $2,850.00 - Watchers: 38
Item #142622545832
2003 SP Signature Edition Authentic LeBron James ROOKIE RC AUTO #AS-LJ (PWCC)
16 bids - Price: $671.00 - Watchers: 37
Item #401456216873
2003 Topps Contemporary Gold LeBron James ROOKIE RC /25 #1 BGS 9.5 GEM MT (PWCC)
18 bids - Price: $1,341.00 - Watchers: 36
Item #352228976674
2003 SP Authentic Signatures LeBron James ROOKIE RC AUTO #LJ-A (PWCC)
9 bids - Price: $710.00 - Watchers: 35
Item #401456216752
2003 Upper Deck Finite LeBron James ROOKIE RC /200 #242 PSA 10 GEM MINT (PWCC)
12 bids - Price: $1,350.00 - Watchers: 33
Item #352228977197