Report: LeBron James rookie card sells for record-setting $5.2 million

Brad Sullivan
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After having put up record-setting numbers during his basketball career, LeBron James now shares a record in the memorabilia category after his rookie card sold for an incredible $5.2 million.


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Just 23 copies of the Upper Deck Exquisite rookie card were produced during James’ 2003-04 rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, that total being a nod to his iconic uniform number.

What makes James’ Exquisite Collection patch card unique is the inclusion of a jersey patch, his autograph, along with the card itself.

The price for the James card matched the amount paid in January for a 1952 card of baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.

While countless rookie cards have been produced for every player, James has long since lived up to the hype that came when the card was originally released. His legacy has already been polished with such things as four NBA titles, four MVP awards and a Rookie of the Year award.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.