A 2018 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic 1/1 Logoman Rookie Patch Autograph sold for $3.12 million late Thursday night, setting a new record for the most expensive basketball card sold at public auction.
The card reportedly changed hands in a private sale last year for $4.6 million, which would mean a loss of nearly $1.5 million for the owner.
The auction, conducted by PWCC, sets a new public price for what’s generally considered the best card of one of the NBA’s top young players.
“This is the highest price ever realized for a basketball card sold in a verified public auction,” said Jesse Craig, Vice President of Sales at PWCC Marketplace. “When this card went to the block we purposefully avoided speculation on a price because this was an important moment for the market to decide on the value of Luka’s best trading card. The card stood on its own merits and the market placed it where it belongs.”
The Doncic 1/1 is now tied for the seventh most expensive trading card ever sold at public auction.
A Doncic National Treasures Emerald RPA, numbered to 5 and graded BGS 9, sold for $660,000. It’s one of four at that grade level.
Other sales included
- 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady PSA 8.5/10 (auto) $840,000
- 2017 Contenders Super Bowl Patrick Mahomes RPA 1/1 BGS 9 $456,000
- 2011 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper 1/1 SuperFractor BGS 9.5 $432,000
- 2021 Prizm Justin Field Black Finite 1/1 rookie card BGS 8.5 $90,000 (record for any Fields card)
Meanwhile, a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James rookie Patch Autograph (# to 99) sold at Heritage Auctions for $885,000, well short of the $2 million pre-sale estimate but generating a nice return for the consignor, who bought it for $5,000 not long after release 19 years ago.
Heritage also sold a PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle for $1.47 million, well short of the all-time record for the grade, however a PSA 7 copy sold for $468,000, beating the old record set in 2021 by more than $130,000.
Other sales on the first night of the company’s three session fall catalog sale included:
- 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady PSA 8.5/10 (auto) $750,000
- 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie PSA 9 $615,000
- 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie PSA 9 $396,000 (record price)
- 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 PSA NM-MT 8 $336,000
- 1951 Bowman Baseball PSA Graded Complete Set (324) – #8 on PSA Set Registry – All cards PSA NM 7 or higher $312,000