LeBron James is known for breaking various records. Now, in the global sports trading card market it appears nothing has changed.
CNN reports a rare LeBron James Triple Logoman trading card could sell for over $6.6 million. The card, which goes up for auction on Wednesday, June 8, would become the most expensive sports card sold to date if it lives up to projections, according to Goldin Auctions.
“The best comparison that I can use for the modern reader is imagine Willy Wonka (and) the Chocolate Factory, looking for that gold ticket,” Ken Goldin, executive chairman of auctioneers Goldin said, according to Reuters. “And then imagine there was only one golden ticket instead of five.”
James' Trading Card Could Surpass Honus Wagner T206 Record
The groundbreaking card features three patches reflecting the four-time NBA MVP’s reign at Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and now the Los Angeles Lakers. Bidding will begin at $500,000 and will close on June 25.
The card may surpass last year’s sale of a Honus Wagner T206 baseball card which sold for $6,606,296 million in August 2021 by Robert Edward Auction, USA Today reports. There are 50 Honus Wagner cards on the market, however, the LeBron James Triple Logoman card, created by Panini as part of its 2020-2021 “Flawless” collection, is the only known card of its kind.
Billionaire Status Could Influence Selling Price
If all goes to plan, this won’t be the first LeBron James card to sell for millions. Back in July 2020, a signed 2003 James Exquisite Collection patch rookie card sold for $5.2 million, as AfroTech previously told you. Now, as James also sweeps headlines as the first active NBA player to become a billionaire, his accolades could certainly influence the card’s trading price.
“LeBron is one of the most recognizable athletes and celebrities on the planet,” Goldin said, according to CNN. “Very few individuals in the history of sports or entertainment have equaled his career. His billionaire status is a testament to the incredible work he’s done for years and could have a significant impact on the interest that we see for this card.”