$900,000 Mike Trout Rookie Card Highlights Record-Breaking Memorabilia Auction

May 21, 2020, 11:33 PM EDT

The huge prices being paid for sports memorabilia continued on Wednesday as the first stage of a rescheduled auction closed.

The highest-priced item in the auction, conducted by Goldin Auctions, was a Mike Trout signed rookie chrome refractor. The amount paid for the card ($900,000) obliterated the record for the highest-priced modern-day baseball card and tied the record for the most expensive modern-day card ever — the LeBron James/Michael Jordan logoman card, sold in February 2020.

Memorabilia and cards of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were other stars of the auction put on by Goldin Auctions.

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A Jordan 1986-87 Fleer rookie card sold for $97,200, a record for a gem mint 10 graded by PSA. There were seven unopened boxes of 1986-87 Fleer up for auction — boxes that were considered undesirable when they debuted and were returned by hobby stores for a $6 refund — sold for as much as $109,200 each. Two Jordan cards from the Exquisite Collection sold for $181,200 and $146,400.

A Lakers championship ring Kobe gave to his mother was sold for $201,250, while one of Bryant’s rookie cards sold for $110,400. Shoes worn by Bryant in the clinching game of the 2001 Finals sold for $70,000. A scorer’s sheet from Kobe’s career high of 81 points signed by Bryant sold for $23,750.

A LeBron rookie jersey sold for $362,500, while one of his cards, also from the Exquisite Collection, sold for $146,400.

After issues with the auction over the weekend, the auction was divided into three parts, with other items ending Thursday and Friday night.

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