Bidding has already reached $1 million for a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James rookie card in Goldin Auctions’ newly launched April Premium event, but don’t be surprised if it goes for double that amount.
It might not be the only $2 million card in the auction either. A high-grade copy of Tom Brady’s holy grail rookie card is also up for grabs in a catalog that includes more than 2,000 lots.
Should each card fetch a price that industry trends suggest it may sell for, it would mark the first time in history that a single auction has sold two trading cards for more than $2 million apiece.
The autographed LeBron James 2003-04 “Exquisite Collection” Rookie Patch card, numbered 9/99, carries a grade of BGS 9 with a 10 autograph grade.
The signed Brady 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket card boasts a grade of BGS NM-MT 8.5 with a 10 autograph. Earlier this month, Lelands sold an 8.5/9 for $2.25 million, which was a record for the most ever paid for a football card.
“Fans have been asking us to pull out the big guns so here we go,” said Ken Goldin, Founder and Chairman of Goldin Auctions. “When you talk about these cards, words like ‘premier’ and ‘elite’ just don’t get the message across. These are legitimately the holy grail of the collectibles world. They are the items with the grades that hobbyists go to bed at night and dream about.”
At least a dozen items in the auction have already surpassed $100,000 with the buyer’s premium factored in. Among the highlights:
- 1961/62 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9
- 1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Rookie Card – SGC 7.5
- 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie Card – PSA 8.5
- 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card – PSA 10 (LOT #9)
- 1996-97 Bowman’s Best Rookie Atomic Refractor #R23 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card – PSA (LOT #13)
- 2002-03 Panini Mega Cracks #137 Cristiano Ronaldo Rookie Card – PSA 10
- 2007-08 Exquisite Collection #94 Kevin Durant Rookie Patch Autograph Gold (#12/35) – BGS AUTHENTIC (LOT #22)
- 1977 Futbol (Soccer) Discs #11 Diego Armando Maradona Rookie Card – PSA NM 7 (LOT #41)
The 2021 auction closes on April 24.