Sports Collectors

Notes: Found in Shoebox, Kobe-LeBron Card Nets $312,000

It sat in a shoebox for years but over the weekend, one of the 50 copies of the 2008 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor Kobe Bryant–the card that shows him being guarded intensely by LeBron James–sold for a whopper of a price. 

The card was brought to last summer’s National Sports Collectors Convention by a collector who had opened packs just stuck them away.  He brought it to PWCC’s booth at the show in Chicago where it was authenticated and graded by PSA.  It came back a 10 and went into PWCC’s November Premier Auction where it sold for a record-setting $312,000 on Saturday night.  The card is one of six rated Gem Mint.

Some big ticket modern cards sold Saturday included the 1/1 2017 National Treasures Red NFL Shield Patrick Mahomes that netted $456,000 and a 2007 Exquisite Gold Kevin Durant Rookie Patch Autograph numbered to 35. Graded BGS 9, it went for $360,000.

Other six-figure sales included:

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The auction featured 274 cards across baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, golf, boxing, mixed martial arts, and Pokémon for a total value of just over $12 million.

Opening Night jerseys worn by LeBron James, Steph Curry and Ja Morant are among those on the block through NBA Auctions.  Bidding ends next month.

Late Thursday night, Luka Doncic’s first 2021-22 Mavs jersey sold for over $31,000.

Notes: Found in Shoebox, Kobe-LeBron Card Nets $312,000

A major show wrapped up Sunday in Chicago where the Sports Spectacular drew some big name autograph guests and collectors who browsed a few hundred tables on the show floor Friday through Sunday.

Among the guests:  new Pro Football Hall of Famers Peyton Manning (autos started at $300) and Charles Woodson ($275); Joe Montana ($225); Jerry Rice ($150); Bo Jackson ($140) and Mike Tyson ($130). 

Here’s Montana, Manning, Marcus Allen and Fred Biletnikoff.





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Topps held its ‘Celebration of the Decades’ event in Las Vegas last week.  The party was for those collectors who pulled invitations from packs of 2020 Series 1 and 2. 

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Wade Boggs, Frank Thomas and Yordan Alvarez were part of the event, held inside a hall at Allegiant Stadium. 

On Monday Fractional shares platform Rally will open live trading for some of the cards and memorabilia held by shareholders.

Buyers and sellers can place Bids and Asks at any price, which are eligible to be matched and executed in real-time throughout the day (10:30 AM-4:30 PM EST).  

Users can also place Bids and Asks any time. If eligible to be matched, these orders will execute once market hours resume.

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