LeBron James’ first football cards are here … sort of


By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

“Former NBA star LeBron James leads a Miami Dolphins dream team to a stunning Super Bowl loss.”

Wouldn’t that sentence be so poetically sublime for the throngs of King James critics out there?

Hate him or love him, one of basketball’s biggest names is making recent headlines for publicly flirting with the idea of playing in the NFL — one league that managed to resolve its lockout in a timely fashion.

In the interest of speculation and downright fun, Panini America definitely went there with a pair of theoretical Rookie Cards.
In all likelihood, these cards won’t be appearing in the company’s forthcoming 2011 Absolute Memorabilia and 2011 Certified brands (the design templates, respectively used for the cards).  But if they did, collectors could expect to pay somewhere between $500 – $1,000 for each hypothetical hit, according to Beckett Senior Market Analyst Rob Springs.

Until we hear anything else,  we’ll keep dreaming (and hoping for more LeBron football card mock-ups to come).

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  1. Michael Marrufo 13 October, 2011 at 18:14

    dude!!! What??? that would be awesome if lebron played football I would collect all his football cards.

  2. steve 13 October, 2011 at 19:22

    can he afford, to pay for 100+ football “bodyguards” to tail him on his every move…like he had when that ancient & extinct league called the NBA (and how awkward is that…..tailing you into the restroom) ?

    ps…..coming soon-bathroom tiles from your favorite ballplayer and their facilitys they frequented

  3. steve 13 October, 2011 at 19:24

    awwwww…….Upper Deck, I remember when they had liscenses in all four major sports- I hope todays youth can learn; that “when Icarus got greedy & flew too close to the sun”

  4. Raylon 13 October, 2011 at 19:42

    This whole subject doesn’t make and sense, but if folks wants to waste their money on this then go ahead. I have lost total respect to Upper Deck and what they try to do to MLB. Unless it’s a 1989 factory complete set and sealed, I’m not interested.

  5. Michael Lee 13 October, 2011 at 21:21

    I don’t see this happening. Besides, if he’s true to form, he’d only disappear in the forth quarter anyway.

  6. Brooks Bryant 14 October, 2011 at 11:26

    those cards look awesome, be nice to have a Miami Heat card autographed by Lebron, hey lets try that first, he actually plays for them…..

  7. kstjst 14 October, 2011 at 18:53

    i’d chase it only if it wasn’t a redemption…i’m still waiting on a sidney crosby auto from them since December 2010.

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