One North Carolina-based basketball card collector recently made a once-in-a-lifetime pull, but that is only half of a story that is warming the hearts of the sports card community.
Streaming live on Instagram, and struggling to even get his words out last month, a trembling Jimmy Mahan pulled a 1/1 signed 2019-20 Panini Prizm Draft Picks College Ties Prizms Black Mosaic Zion Williamson/R.J. Barrett.
Mahan would later travel to Dallas to have the Holy Grail of the set graded. But, if you assumed that it quickly became the crown jewel of his collection, you would be mistaken.
What this Kentucky basketball fan did next is what made this story go viral. Mahan, in agreement with his wife, decided to sell the card and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to Crossnore School and Children’s Home, which provides residential foster care for children in crisis throughout North Carolina.
Mahan and his wife spent four years working at the school, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“While working there saw the worst of the worst circumstances and the best of the best involving children in horrible situations and the people that help them navigate their way out of a dark hole that they didn’t create themselves,” he wrote in the listing. “The strength and determination of the children and the employees there remains a wealth of inspiration in our lives. We both work elsewhere now but Crossnore is never far from our heart. And when we weighed the idea of more ‘stuff’ for us, or a few more Kentucky collectibles for my Man Cave, the decision to change paths was easy.”
Plus as a Kentucky guy I saw enough of those two after the beat is by 1,000 last year! Someone else should own this and help this great Foster Care charity!
— KentuckyCards (@KentuckyCards) November 5, 2019
Update: The Williamson/Barrett card was listed on on eBay, and sold Wednesday night for $15,200.79.
In the product description, Mahan implores potential buyers to not only consider the fact that they would be inheriting a one-of-a-kind card, but also think of the difference the purchase would make in the life of a child.