A 2015 Upper Deck The Cup Connor McDavid Rookie Auto Patch card numbered to 99 now stands as the most expensive modern era hockey card ever sold. One of just two examples rated PSA 10, the card recently sold for $55,655 via PWCC’s eBay auction marketplace.
According to the company, the previous top price achieved for a modern hockey card (those produced from 1986 until today) was $18,100 for another Connor McDavid card which sold last year.
McDavid, drafted by the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers in 2015, has led the NHL in points the last two seasons. PWCC touted the sale of the three-color patch card carrying his autograph as another example of the large dollar amounts being spent by those who view key rookie cards as commodities.
“The level of interest and the value ascribed to the Connor McDavid rookie card reinforce the direction of the trading card marketplace,” stated PWCC President Brent Huigens. “ Long considered an enjoyable hobby for collectors, trading cards are becoming a serious investment for those with an informed interest and a keen eye. For individuals looking to diversify their holdings, creating a portfolio of trading cards can provide compelling returns over time.”
Upper Deck states that the patch contained on the card was worn in the NHL Rookie Photo Shoot after the 2015 draft in which McDavid was taken with the first overall pick.
Another, ungraded McDavid card from The Cup changed hands through another eBay seller last week for $28,5000 via a Best Offer option. As of Wednesday, there were 12 McDavid cards listed at $20,000 or more.
Huigens’ company is the largest auction seller on the eBay platform worldwide, reaching over 250,000 prospective buyers in each monthly auction.