LeBron James Rookie Card Ties Mickey Mantle’s Record Sale Price

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Mickey Mantle was joined by LeBron James on Monday…as the highest-priced sports trading card ever sold.

PWCC said it privately sold a 2003 signed LeBron James Exquisite Collection patch card for $5.2 million. That matches the $5.2 million record for a 1952 Mickey Mantle card sold by PWCC for the same amount in January.

“This was actually in the works for a while,” said Jesse Craig, PWCC’s director of business development. “The demand for rare cards, especially basketball right now, is just like the demand for fine art.”

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Craig said that while recent sales have been down in the mass market, the high-end cards are still setting records.

The James card is out of a limited edition of 23. Craig said that of those that have been graded by Beckett Grading Services, this is the third-best by subgrades. 

A similar card, out of 99, was sold on Goldin Auctions on Saturday night for $1.72 million. That auction also set a record for the most a Wilt Chamberlain card has sold for — $461,250 for his 1961 Fleer Rookie in a PSA 9. 

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