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Kobe Rookie Card Nets Over $1.7 Million; Other Records Set in Goldin Sale

Five trading cards, three featuring NBA superstars, sold for over $1 million each on the first night of Goldin Auctions’ latest major catalog sale.

A 2006-07 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant rookie card graded BGS 10 (black label) netted $1,795,000, a record price for any Bryant card sold at public auction.  It’s one of only two ever rated at that level by Beckett.

A pair of LeBron James cards sold for over $2.8 million combined.  A 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Rookie Patch Autograph graded BGS 8.5 set a record for the grade at over $1.5 million while a 2004-05 Upper Deck Ultimate Signature Logos 1/1 hammered at over $1.2 million.

Kobe Rookie Card Nets Over $1.7 Million; Other Records Set in Goldin Sale

A 2006-07 Exquisite Kevin Durant Rookie Patch Autograph parallel numbered 23/25 set a record for any Durant card ever sold publicly when it closed at $799,500, while a 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic RPA (#83/99) graded PSA 10 sold for a record $584,250.

Kobe Rookie Card Nets Over $1.7 Million; Other Records Set in Goldin Sale

Not all of the big bucks went for modern era cards, though. The sale of a PSA 9 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente card at over $1.1 million set a record for any Clemente card ever sold while a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded PSA 8 also set a record for the grade at $1.35 million.

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Kobe Rookie Card Nets Over $1.7 Million; Other Records Set in Goldin Sale

A 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson graded PSA 9 sold for $984,000, the most ever paid for a ’52 Robinson.

A 1976 Topps Walter Payton rookie card graded PSA 10 soared to $124,230, the most ever paid for any Payton card while a 2019 Panini National Treasures Josh Allen 1/1 NFL Shield graded BGS 9/10 set a record for the most expensive Allen card sold in the  young quarterback’s career so far when it changed hands for over $210,000.

A few other record prices for their specific grade included:

No record price for a pair of Michael Jordan rookie cards, but PSA 10 copies are continuing to sell for more than a half million dollars when offered.  Two in Goldin’s auction netted $615,000 apiece.  A 1986-87 Fleer Basketball box, likely containing three or four Jordan rookie cards along with multiple rookie stickers, went for $344,400.

A 2001 Upper Deck SP Authentic Tiger Woods autographed card graded PSA 10 set a record for any golf card sold at public auction when it landed at $344,400.

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On the memorabilia side, the bat used by Cal Ripken for his 3,000th career hit, signed and inscribed with a letter of authenticity from him, reached $247,230, the most ever paid for a 3,000 hit bat. 

All prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium tacked on by Goldin.  If buyers pay on time and don’t use a credit card, the final prices are reduced by three percent.

The second part of the two-part auction was set to close Sunday night at GoldinAuctions.com.

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