LeBron James Rookie Card Breaks Record During Latest Goldin October Elite Auction

Goldin, the leading marketplace for trading cards, collectibles and memorabilia, announces that a rare LeBron James trading card has broken industry records at the company’s October Elite Auction, which closed this past weekend. An autographed LeBron 2003-04 UD “Exquisite Collection” Rookie Patch card graded NM-MT+ 8.5 by BGS, sold for an auction high of $2.46 million and set a new all-time record price for this card in any grade.

The October Elite Auction included several record-breaking items and huge bids. One of the marquee items of the auction was a Serena Williams 2003 NetPro International Match Worn Apparel Rookie Card which sold for $44,280, setting a new all-time record for any women’s sports card. Williams’ card broke the record previously held by a Mia Hamm card, which sold for $34,440 through Goldin in June. Joining LeBron in eclipsing the $2 million threshold was a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card, graded PSA NM-MT 8, which sold for $2,029,500. Also notable, a 1971 Topps #156 Terry Bradshaw Rookie Card, which has a flawless state of preservation at a PSA GEM MT 10 grade and is one of just three in the world of its caliber, sold for $430,500, smashing the previous record. In total, the auction closed $39 million in sales.

The auction also boasted several premium basketball items that sold for eye-popping totals as the NBA tipped off its 75th Anniversary season last week. In addition to the record-setting LeBron card, a 2003/04 Upper Deck basketball factory-sealed case of trading cards, which may contain incredibly valuable rookie cards from NBA legends including LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony, sold for just shy of a million dollars. At $996,300, the sale is an all-time record for any UpperDeckSports factory sealed case. Meanwhile, a 2002-03 Upper Deck “Autographed NBA Logo Mania” #KBNBA Kobe Bryant Signed Game Used Patch Card sold for $922,500, an all-time record for any non-rookie Kobe card.

“The enthusiasm that we are watching unfold across collectible categories, sports, teams and athletes is incredible and unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Goldin Executive Chairman and Founder Ken Goldin. “Whether it’s baseball, basketball, soccer, or even tennis, the passion that collectors are exhibiting for vintage and modern items is resulting in record prices being broken all the time and we couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.”

“Serena Williams is the one of the GOATs and the record-breaking sale of her card is reflective of her unmatched professional career and enormous fan following. We’re thrilled to have sold her card for a new all-time high!” said Goldin Auction Director Dave Amerman. “Meanwhile, as LeBron James enters his 19th NBA season, he also continues to set records on and off the court. He is a living legend and collectors will always show up in hopes of picking up his rare trading cards and collectibles.”

The auction featured several rare, valuable and record-breaking items including:

  • 2003 NetPro International Match Worn Apparel #2A Serena Williams Patch Rookie Card: $44,280 (an all-time record for any women’s sports card)
  • 2000 Playoff Contenders #144 Tom Brady Signed Championship Ticket Rookie Card (#062/100) (graded BGS NM-MT+ 8.5/BGS 10), Football’s Holy Grail: $1,537,500
  • 1980-81 Topps Scoring Leader Larry Bird/Magic Johnson Rookie Card – (graded PSA GEM MT 10): $799,500
  • 2006-07 UD “Ultimate Collection” Logoman Autographs #LJ LeBron James Signed Game (graded BGS MINT 9/BGS 9), used Logoman Patch Card (#1/1): $707,250 (an all-time record for any sports card from 2006)
  • 2004-05 SP Signature Edition “Authentic Signatures – Triple” #AS3-JBJ Michael Jordan/Kobe Bryant/LeBron James Multi-Signed Card (#13/25) – BGS 8.5: $322,260
  • 1953 Topps #1 Jackie Robinson – PSA MINT 9: $295,200 (highest known sale of card)
  • 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Red Refractor #JS Juan Soto Signed 1st Bowman Card (#3/5) – PSA NM 7: $273,060 (an all-time record for any Juan Soto card)
  • 1974 Hank Aaron Game Used & Photo Matched To Career Home Run 714 Atlanta Braves Batting Helmet – Matched To Multiple Games Including The Record Tying Home Run!: $221,400 (highest selling batting helmet of all time)
  • 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Refractors #BDPP89 Mike Trout Signed 1st Bowman Card: $211,560 (an all-time record for this card)
  • 1995-2000 Circa Lionel Messi Newell’s Old Boys Signed Rosario Football Association Membership Card (BGS AUTHENTIC/ BGS 10): $185,730 (most expensive youth football membership card ever)
  • 2020-21 Anthony Edwards National Treasures Emerald autographed patch card: $173,430 (an all-time record for any Anthony Edwards card)
  • 2018 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer #80 Kylian Mbappé Gold Prizm Rookie Card: $161,130 (an all-time record for any Mbappe card)
  • 1958 #635 Alifabolaget Pele Rookie Card – PSA EX-MT 6: $148,830 (an all-time record for this card in this grade)
  • 2005-06 UD “Exquisite Collection” Rookie Patch Autograph (RPA) #46-AP Chris Paul Signed Rookie Patch Card (#2/3) – BGS MINT 9/BGS 10: $124,230 (an all-time record for any Chris Paul card)
  • 1971-72 Roberto Clemente Game Used, Signed & Inscribed Hillerich & Bradsby U1 Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU 10 & JSA): $118,080 (highest price Roberto Clemente regular season bat)
  • 1968 Palirex Campeoes “Europeus De Futebol” #301 Johan Cruyff Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8: $107,010 (an all-time record for any Johan Cruyff card)
  • 2018 Panini Kaboom! Giannis Antetokounmpo BGS MINT 9: $99,630 (an all-time record for any Kaboom card)
  • 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card – (graded PSA GEM MT 10): $369,000
  • 2000 Tom Brady Signed & Inscribed NFL Debut Full Ticket From 11/23/00 With “NFL Debut” Inscription (graded PSA EX-MT 6 & PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10): $75,030
  • 1991-92 Panini Foot ’92 #43 Zinedine Zidane Rookie Card: $68,880 (an all-time record for any Zinedine Zidane card)
  • 2020 Topps Transcendent Tennis Hall of Fame Collection Framed Autographs Red Naomi Osaka Signed Card (graded BGS MINT 9/BGS 10): $40,590 (an all-time record for any Naomi Osaka card)

Goldin has built a reputation as the trusted leader in trading cards, memorabilia and collectibles. So far this year, the company has already done over $325 million in sales. Goldin Auctions is actively accepting consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning items, email info@goldinauctions.com.

About Goldin:
Goldin is the leading marketplace for trading cards, collectibles and memorabilia. Founder Ken Goldin has sold more than $1.2 billion in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture. The company routinely sets records for the most expensive trading cards and other memorabilia ever sold. Lifelong collectors and new hobbyists alike trust Goldin because the company professionally authenticates everything it sells. Goldin is the official auction partner of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, The Jackie Robinson Foundation, and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. Learn more at GoldinAuctions.com, and on Twitter and Instagram.

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