The Holy Grail of LeBron James Cards Fetches $351k at Lelands Summer Auction

A Lebron James 2003-04 Exquisite Collection Basketball Rookie Patch Autograph Parallel #8/23 sold for $351,029, a 2003 Topps Chrome LeBron James Black Refractor netted $126,725, and a Babe Ruth 1915 Red Sox rookie PSA Type I original team photo fetched $99,822 in the Lelands 2024 Summer Classic Auction, which closed June 29, 2024.

The hobby fresh #78 LeBron James Upper Deck Exquisite RPA sold here has been graded and encapsulated by BGS NM+7.5 with an Auto grade of 10. An ultra-rare card, the King James rookie patch auto parallel is limited to just 23 copies – matching his jersey number.

The 2003 Topps Chrome Black Reflector #111 LeBron James Rookie sold here has been graded PSA GEM MINT 10. The spectacular card is number 326 out of the 500.

The rare Type 1 Babe Ruth photo from his 1915 rookie season with the Red Sox sold here is one of the earliest known images of Ruth as a member of the Red Sox. The photo was taken prior to the start of the regular season at the Red Sox’s 1915 spring training facility in Arkansas.

Among other auction highlights were a circa 1974 Ernie DiGregorio Buffalo Braves rookie era game-worn jersey ($91,504), a Billy Martin 1956 All-Star game-used bat ($53,500), a 1952 Topps Baseball #311 Mickey Mantle GD ($51,598), and an Ernie Davis circa 1960-61 Syracuse Orangemen game-worn jersey ($34,122).

The auction also featured a 1934 Tour of Japan album with team signature sheet and original photos ($32,497), a Nolan Ryan 1986 Astros game-worn jersey ($25,834), a Danny Gare 1974-75 Sabres rookie game-worn jersey ($17,854), and Tonya Harding’s infamous skating costume worn the day after the Nancy Kerrigan attack ($17,485).

Additional auction highlights included a 1988 Darryl Strawberry NLCS Games 3, 4, 5 photo-matched Mets game-worn jersey ($16,194), Anthony Edwards 2020-21 rookie Timberwolves game-worn photo-matched sneakers ($14,022), a Joseph Paul DiMaggio full names single-signed baseball ($11,816), Mickey Mantle’s 1960s Texas driver’s license ($9,766), and a 1991 Grateful Dead signed baseball from a San Francisco Giants employee ($9,101).

For the full results of the Lelands 2024 Summer Classic Auction, visit https://lelands.com.

ABOUT LELANDS

Established in 1985, Lelands is the world’s first sports memorabilia and card auction house, and the premier appraisers and authenticators in the entire sports hobby. Its founder, the late Josh Leland Evans, was a pioneer in the field and acknowledged by his peers as the most knowledgeable figure in sports memorabilia. Renowned in his own right, Evans’s long-time partner Michael Heffner continues Lelands’ four-decade tradition of personal customer service and maximizing results for clients. Lelands has handled many of the largest landmark auctions, achieving world-record prices for countless cards and iconic memorabilia including a Tom Brady rookie card ($3.1 million), Babe Ruth’s 1927 Yankees World Series ring ($2.09 million), Ruth’s 1919 “Curse of the Bambino” signed contract ($2.3 million), and a 1920 Ruth Yankees jersey ($4.5 million). For more information, visit https://lelands.com.

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