LeBron James Cavaliers Exquisite Rookie Patch Gem Mint 9 Card Tops $1M at Auction

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVApril 10, 2022

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 23:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks for an open teammate against the New Orleans Hornets December 23, 2003 at Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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A LeBron James rookie card sold for nearly $1.1 million at Goldin Auctions:

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Final Sale Price: $1,092,000 <a href="https://t.co/nPeOeHxKOa">pic.twitter.com/nPeOeHxKOa</a>

The Exquisite Rookie Patch card has been one of the more sought-after collectables for LeBron James.

A similar version of the card sold for $5.2 million in April 2021 to a private buyer, setting a record at the time for the most expensive basketball card in history. 

The latest card was also rated a "9" in mint condition, featuring a LeBron autograph and part of the No. 23 in the patch. It has become one of the top cards available for a superstar with 18 All-Star selections, four MVPs and four NBA titles in his career.

With prices continuing to soar for all sports memorabilia, the seven-figure purchase could end up being a bargain for the buyer.