LeBron James Exquisite Rookie Card Sells for $5.2M; Ties Mickey Mantle Record

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) signals during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Four championships, four NBA Finals MVPs, 16 All-NBA selections, 17 All-Star appearances and a Rookie of the Year award.

It's time to add a record-breaking rookie card to LeBron James' illustrious resume.

PWCC Marketplace announced on Instagram that a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball rookie card of The King sold for a record $5.2 million.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

JUST IN: @PWCCmarketplace says it has sold a LeBron James signed rookie card for $5.2 million, ties sale of 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle for most paid for a trading card https://t.co/a4iDpcWOuE https://t.co/5pPWA8Wmqe

It was the highest price for a basketball card in history, underscoring the value of the collectible that features a rookie patch autograph and has only 22 copies.

"This card is quickly becoming the crown jewel of all sports card investing," PWCC wrote.

In January, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sold for $5.2 million to break the previous record of $3.9 million for a Mike Trout card.