There’s a new lawsuit about some online statements that were made about a valuable LeBron James rookie card.that went up for auction in 2021 and was then pulled. Southern California-based collectors Alan Spiegel and Steven Spiegel say the owned the card that went to Goldin Auctions and bids were expected to top $2 million, but an accusation from a social media account with a large following caused Goldin to pull the auction. The Spiegels say those claims about the card having had a patch swap were false.
In documents filed last week in state court, the Spiegels are suing the person behind the “Cardporn” account for defamation, libel, interference with prospective economic advantage and violation of a business and professional code. That person hasn’t yet been identified. They’re seeking $6 million in damages.
Lawyers for the Spiegels stated in court papers that “the LeBron Patch Card is sealed and has never been opened, nor has it been altered in any way. In addition, the LeBron Patch Card has been analyzed and found to fit perfectly into the 99-patch sequence of authentic LeBron James patch cards issued by Upper Deck to which it belongs.”
Remember that sharp raw 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle that Heritage Auctions showed off late last year as a new consignment?
It’s now been graded by SGC as a 7.5.
It’ll be coming to auction soon.
A Kobe Bryant game-worn and autographed jersey from his only MVP season is coming to auction next month.
Sotheby’s says it’ll sell the shirt from the 2007-08 season that Bryant wore over the course of 25 games during an eight month span. They say it could bring $5-$7 million. They’re calling it “the most valuable Kobe Bryant jersey to ever appear at auction.”
On April 23, 2008 in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Denver Nuggets, Bryant made a three-pointer late in the game that gave the Lakers a commanding lead.
The images taken following the shot, showing him screaming and grabbing his jersey in elation, are well-known.
Bryant was wearing the jersey in that moment. He was also wearing the jersey the evening he was awarded the regular season’s MVP award on May 7, 2008, during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals, and again for his official MVP portrait.
He scored 645 points in the gold jersey over six playoff games, 14 regular season games and five pre-season games, and averaged 25.8 points per game.
It’ll be offered in a dedicated auction running Feb. 2-9.
A 1966-67 Bill Russell game jersey, autographed by the late Boston Celtics great, sold for $312,000 at Goldin late Wednesday night.
The jersey drew 24 bids and carried a Resolution Photomatching certificate.
A 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie Card graded PSA VG-EX 4 sold for $510,020 in the auction. A 1956 Topps Baseball PSA-Graded Complete Set (340) including the checklists and team card variationis – All PSA NM-MT 8 or higher–sold for $98,400.