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.

JUST IN: @PWCCmarketplace says it has sold a LeBron James signed rookie card for $5.2 million, ties sale of 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle for most paid for a trading card https://t.co/a4iDpcWOuEpic.twitter.com/5pPWA8Wmqe

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"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."

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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