LeBron James 'Exquisite Collection' rookie card could fetch $50,000

Louis B.

Louis B.

2017-03-07 16:12:30

A highly rare LeBron James rookie card could fetch more than $50,000 in an upcoming sale of rare trading cards at Goldin Auctions.

The card, issued during James' debut season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is one of only 75 examples produced as part of the Upper Deck 'Exquisite Collection' series.

The card features a patch taken from one of James' game-worn rookie-season jerseys, and bears his autograph along with his jersey number "23" – a rare form of signature which he stopped using after his inaugural NBA season.

Adding to the card's rarity is its serial number '23/75' – which makes it the only "jersey-numbered" example in the world.

(Image: Goldin Auctions)

(Image: Goldin Auctions)

According to the auction house, "collectors of serial-numbered, limited-edition cards, such as this one, esteem the jersey-numbered card above others, since only one of the cards in the series can match the player's jersey number.

"Simply, the jersey-numbered card is clearly the most desired/coveted card in its series, and it is regarded as a '1/1' example by experienced collectors."

Having been discovered by a lucky collector in 2004, the unique card then spent 12 years hidden away from public view before being acquired by its current owner in 2016.

Graded PSA MINT 9, and offered in its original box, the card will now hit the auction block for the first time with an estimate of around $50,000.

The auction comes hot on the heels of a record-breaking sale featuring another rare LeBron James rookie card.

Back in October 2016, Goldin Auctions offered a unique 2003-04 Upper Deck 1/1 Ultimate Logos card, featuring James' autograph and an original NBA patch from his jersey.

Described as "the Holy Grail of modern trading cards", the card was estimated at $200,000 and sold for $312,000 – making it the most expensive post-1980 sports card ever sold at auction.

Goldin Auctions' Great American Trading Card Auction runs online until April 1.

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