Collectors with both feet planted firmly in the world of traditional trading cards may not understand but there’s no dismissing the interest and money being spent on digital collectibles. A piece of art sold for $6.6 million and in the sports world, NBA Top Shot has seen several sales of the serial-numbered video clips that might make your head spin.
Last weekend, a Top Shot moment from Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rookie season sold for $133,200. A LeBron James dunk netted $208,000.
Heritage Auctions was the first sports memorabilia company to dip a toe into the Top Shot pool when it picked up $162,000 from the winning bidder of a Zion Williamson clip. Now, Heritage is offering two more Top Shot moments in its current catalog.
One current offering is a clip of LeBron James executing a break-away, reverse windmill dunk he threw down in tribute to his mentor Kobe Bryant, who pioneered the move. The video is available inside the auction listing. The “Series 1 Base Set” moment is numbered 824/1000. Adding significance is the serial number of 824 out of 1000, a figure which twice references Bryant with both the “8” he donned to begin his days in Los Angeles and the “24” he wore to finish his Hall of Fame career.
The pre-sale estimate is $100,000 or more.
The second moment being offered by Heritage is for the more budget-minded: a clip of Atlanta Hawks’ guard Trae Young with a nifty assist to teammate Kevin Huerter. The “Base Set Series 2” moment is numbered #99/7500.
Both are up for auction through March 18.