The most expensive basketball card ever sold was a “ultra-rare” LeBron James trading card, which was purchased for $5.2 million (£3.75 million).
James’ rookie card dates from his first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003.
“With so few being made available and demand growing by the day, this card is quickly becoming the crown jewel of all sports card investing,” according to PWCC, a trading card marketplace.
The sale price matched the all-time high for a sports trading card.
The same amount was charged both times.
in January for baseball legend Mickey Mantle’s rookie card from 1952.
“The ultra-rare LeBron James Rookie Patch Auto Parallel numbered to 23 copies was at the heart of any collector’s heart in 2003,” PWCC added.
The buyer’s identity was kept hidden.
The rise of LeBron James from high school sensation to NBA superstar
James, who is 36 years old and currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, is generally regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time.
He has won four NBA championships with three different teams, including the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Lakers.
The 17-time All-Star is the all-time leading scorer in the NBA Playoffs and ranks third in the regular season behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
A signed rookie card for seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady sold for $2.25 million earlier this month. In March, a rare Kobe Bryant rookie card sold for $1.795 million.