His team is out of the playoffs again, but that’s not stopping bidders from putting up some big money in an attempt to snare a 1/1 example of one of his rookie cards. The 2013-14 National Treasures Horizontal (RPA) Giannis Antetokounmpo Autographed NBA Logoman Patch at Goldin Auctions is now at $760,000 with more than a week left in the bidding.
With a 20% buyer’s premium factored in, that’s $912,000, leaving little doubt it’ll be the next card to broach the $1 million mark.
Other top items so far: the only 2009 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Autographed Mike Trout (#16/25) graded BGS 10 ($360,000 with the BP); a 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9 ($390,000); a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron RPA (#19/299) BGS 9/10 ($288,000) and a 1986-87 Fleer basketball wax box ($158,400).
There’s a PSA 8 1952 Topps Mantle on eBay with bidding now at over $400,000 and several days remaining in the auction.
The record price for an 8 is $660,000 in 2017. The most recent sales have mostly been in the $360,000- $460,000 range.
If you haven’t noticed, there’s a shortage of CardSavers that have long served as the preferred method for submitting cards to grading companies. PSA is loosening up its requirements because of it.
The company has modified its submission requirements and will now allow cards to be submitted inside top loaders as long as they’re put into a “penny sleeve” first. Top loaders allow for a little more movement, which isn’t ideal and PSA will notate any submissions that arrive in top loaders, “just in case cards get damaged in transit on the way to the company’s California facility,” they stated in a blog post.
The move is only temporary. Once the CardSaver shortage is over, they will again be the required holders for submission.
Scripps News Service recently did a couple of hobby feature stories including a visit with vintage pack breaker Just Rip It.