Source - LeBron James is now officially the G.O.A.T. in the trading card world an insanely rare piece from the King's rookie season just fetched $1.8 MILLION -- making it the most expensive card EVER!
According to officials at Goldin Auctions, which smashed the gavel on final bidding over the weekend, the LeBron card topped the previous leader -- a Mike Trout rookie piece -- by nearly $900,000.
The James card is pretty amazing, coming out of the 2003-2004 Upper Deck Exquisite collection, it's only one of 23 ever produced.
It features a piece of a jersey cut from a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform he wore during a photo shoot during his rookie season and it also has LBJ's autograph clear-as-day in blue ink on the front.
It has a grading of 9.5, meaning the card is in near-perfect shape too which is why bidding soared from a $150k start to a $1.8 million finish in just a few weeks.
I really don't get this. A business card with a picture just fetched $1.8 million at auction? Cool, dude. Yeah, it has an autograph and a piece of the jersey, but still...$1.8 million? Really? What do you even do with the card once you have it? Frame it? I don't know, the whole thing seems ridiculous.
Here's the guy who bought it:
I've always said that people who collect sports memorabilia are a bit off. Especially if they're adults but then again, if you have the money, why not? Leore Avidar's company is rumored to be worth $1 billion.
My favorite part of this story is that LeBron just casually mentioned that he has a couple of those cards laying around the house. A cool $4 million in playing cards floating around the house somewhere. That's a level of wealth and can't even comprehend. Here are some highlights. Enjoy...