Even if you’re not a huge soccer fan, it’s hard not to consider the World Cup Final one of the greatest games in sports history.
Two of the sport’s superstars, both playing at a high level and a match that went past extra time and into a shootout to decide the winner.
In the end Lionel Messi finally came away with a championship. The victory will certainly cement his status as one of the kings of the soccer card market.
The 1/1 Messi Black Finite from 2022 Prizm World Cup was just pulled a few days ago by Ryan Carter of Carter’s Cards, which conducts soccer breaks.
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Last year, we took a deep dive into his earliest cards and their populations. The story also has a current list of the most watched Messi auctions on eBay.
A 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady Rookie Auto /100 graded PSA 8 was the top item sold in PWCC’s December auction, netting $660,000. It’s one of nine at that level, with one higher.
Another copy of the same card—this one numbered 1/100—graded BGS 7 with a 9 autograph grade—sold for $420,000.
In all, the auction of 281 higher end cards and memorabilia brought in just over $10 million.
Prices for many high end top rookie issues have dropped back closer to pre-pandemic levels.
A LeBron James 2003 Upper Deck Exquisite Rookie Patch Auto (#/99) graded BGS 9 sold for $528,000 in the auction. Another sold through Goldin—with a BGS 9.5 autograph grade—for $420,000 on Saturday.
There were five public sales of BGS 9 James rookies ranging from $1 million to $2 million between April 2021 and July of this year.
A Michael Jordan 1998-1999 Skybox Premium Basketball Star Rubies #46/50 sold for $159,900 in Huggins & Scott’s last major auction of the year.
Other sales included a 2003-2006 Ichiro Suzuki autographed game-used Mizuno bat which went for $51,660, a 1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy #147 Babe Ruth – PSA Poor 1 (mc), which sold for $49,200 and a 1909 T206 Christy Mathewson (white cap) SGC 8 that went for $24,292.
PSA is offering new or renewing members of its Collectors Club a $100 credit from Loupe.
It’s part of the $99 annual package, which also includes access to grading discounts and a few other perks.
Loupe, which launched its app in October 2020, is a unified platform for breakers to live stream and sell sealed boxes, packs and single cards to collectors instantly.
The Vintage Wax and Packs Facebook group sale to raise money for a children’s charity has raised over $5,000 thus far. A few more items are still available and discounted. It’s the third year for the event. Proceeds go to the The John Theissen Children Foundation.