LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers have returned to the center of the professional basketball universe, and a recent auction indicated that collectors are ready to pay top dollar for mementos from this new era of Lakers dominance.
NBA Auctions recently auctioned off an extensive collection of game-worn jerseys from the KIA NBA Tip-Off 2019. This included gamers from the Lakers’ season-opener with the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 22, when the Clippers earned a 112-102 victory.
James had a double-double in the loss, playing 36 minutes and finishing with 18 points with a game-high eight assists, a team-high 10 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot.
James’ jersey from that night fetched a pretty penny, raking in $87,520 as the auctioned closed on Tuesday. There were 85 bids in the war for the prized jersey. Anthony Davis’ gamer was also in high demand, closing out at $45,790 with 78 registered bids.
The price was more than double the amount paid a year ago for his first Lakers jersey.
A LeBron game-worn jersey will always be a hot commodity. However the recent auction showed that it certainly doesn’t hurt to be a part of an elite team that appears to be destined for big things.
For perspective, Kawhi Leonard’s jersey from that very game — his first game with the Clippers — sold recently for $14,990.
The Lakers currently sit in first in the NBA’s Western Conference with an 18-3 record.
The Holy Grail of LeBron gamers is his St. Vincent-St. Mary High School jersey, which he also wore for the iconic 2002 Sports Illustrated cover shoot. That jersey brought in $187,500 through Goldin Auctions. This was more than even Michael Jordan’s most expensive jersey ever to be auctioned off ($187,500).
Some of the other more notable — and pricey — LeBron gamers include:
- 2018 NBA Finals, Game 1 (Scored postseason career-high 51 points) ($100,322)
- 2017 NBA Finals, Game 3 ($92,020)
- 2018 NBA All-Star Game ($90,102)
- 2015 NBA Finals, Game 1 and 2 ($46,020)
- 2017 torn jersey from opening night ($45,000)
- First Lakers jersey ($40,040)
Many NBA Opening Night jerseys are still on the auction block through NBA Auctions, which include RJ Barrett ($3,2799 at the time of posting with 1 day left), Giannis Antetokounmpo ($8,520.00, 1 day left), James Harden ($2,060.00, 8 days left), Russell Westbrook ($1,540.00, 8 days left) and Devin Booker ($1,750.00, 8 days left).
All available jerseys are registered into the NBA and MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program.