After scoring nearly half of his team’s entire point total in Wednesday night’s playoff win over Indiana, there isn’t much doubt LeBron James is still at the top of his game at age 33. He opened by scoring Cleveland’s first 16 points and finished with 46 of the Cavs’ 100 to even the playoff series at a game apiece. While James came of age in the bygone era of Upper Deck NBA-licensed basketball cards, his rarest and most valuable issues are still hot and right now three of his better cards are at auction, where they’re expected to bring a six-figure total.
PWCC Auctions is offering a 2009 Exquisite Dual Logoman 1/1 featuring James and Tracy McGrady. As of Thursday afternoon, it had generated a high bid of over $25,000. Also up for grabs is a BGS 9.5 2003 Ultimate Collection #127 Rookie Autograph numbered to 250 which quickly soared past $23,000, and a 2009 Exquisite Triple Logoman with James, Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett. The 1/1 card is graded PSA 9 and has hit $20,000.
It’s rare to see several high-end, high-grade James Exhibit cards being offered at one time. It’s also proof that when it comes to Exquisite, value doesn’t always equate to rookie cards alone.
PWCC is offering 130 LeBron cards in all, with the auctions all set to close Monday night.
Among the other cards generating steady action were a 2003 Exquisite Gold #78, numbered to 25 and graded PSA 8 (only two are graded higher). It stood at $10,000 at last check while an ungraded version of the same card had hit $7,877. A 2003 Topps Chrome rookie card (#111) and carrying a Black Label BGS 10 rating was at $8,300.
In the last 90 days, 16 Exquisite-branded James cards have sold on eBay for $10,000 or more.
In the fall of 2016, a 1/1 2003-2004 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection (1 of 1) “Ultimate Logos” Autographed Logoman LeBron rookie card set the record for the most ever paid for a card made after 1980 when it soared to $312,000.