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Most Expensive Sports Memorabilia of 2020

It’s not unprecedented for sports collectibles to sell for seven-figure prices but 2020 will be known for being the year in which it became a regular occurrence.

At least a dozen sports cards or pieces of sports memorabilia sold for more than $1 million in 2020, a year that saw the card of an active player set the record for the most valuable trading card for the first time and multiple basketball cards reach figures once thought to be improbable at best.

Here’s a look at the items that sold for $1 million or more in 2020, mostly at auction.  It’s likely that some additional unpublicized private sales took place and would have joined this list:

  • $3.8 million: 2009 Mike Trout Bowman Chrome 1/1 Superfractor  via Goldin Auctions (August)
  • $3.7 million:  T206 Honus Wagner PSA 2 Heritage Auctions private sale (December) 
  • $3.2 million+:  T206 Honus Wagner PSA 2 v

    Most Expensive Sports Memorabilia of 2020

    ia Mile High Card Company (October)-same card that sold privately two months later for $3.7 million

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  • $1.8 million+: 2013-14 National Treasures Giannis Antetokounmpo 1/1 Horizontal Logoman RPA via Goldin Auctions (September)
  • $1.8 million+: 2003-04 Exquisite LeBron James Rookie Patch Autograph Parallel 14/23 BGS 9.5 via Goldin Auctions (July)
  • $1.8 million: 1986-87 Fleer Unopened Wax Case (12 boxes) via Collect Auctions (August)
  • $1.4 million+: 1931 Lou Gehrig Yankees home jersey via Hunt Auctions/Christies (December)
  • $1.2 million+1979-80 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card via Heritage Auctions (December)
  • $1.3 million+:  T206 Honus Wagner PSA 1 via Goldin Auctions (October)
  • $1.1 million+:  T206 Honus Wagner PSA 1 via Mile High Card Co. (September)
  • $1.1 million:  2013-14 Panini Prizm Black Mosaic Giannis Antetokounmpo 1/1 via Goldin Auctions (December)
  • $1 million+:  2003-04 Exquisite LeBron James RPA #2/99 BGS 9.5 via Goldin Auctions (August)
  • $1 million:  Robert Kraft’s Patriots Super Bowl LI ring via Fanatics charity auction (May)
  • $1 million:  1920s Lou Gehrig bat via Heritage Auctions private sale (April)
  • Some other notable sales:

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