Ultimate LeBron James Rookie Card Rankings

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If you’re looking for LeBron James Rookie Cards, there is no shortage of options out there. He has more than 60 cards that carry RC status. Sixty-two if you want to be exact. And that’s not including all the other inserts, parallels and special edition cards released in 2003-04.

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With so many to choose from, it shouldn’t come at a surprise that there’s plenty of variety out there. And, yes, some are still very much affordable. Others? Have your bank account ready. And with his status as one of basketball’s all-time greats already cemented, it’s only a question of how far up that list he goes.

Upper Deck, Topps and Fleer are responsible for all of the LeBron James Rookie Cards. Upper Deck had an advantage as they signed him to an exclusive deal that ensured they were the only company that could include LeBron James autographs.

Keeping track every LeBron James rookie card isn’t an easy task. Put side-by-side, some brands can blend together. The shear number of choices is daunting. So we’ve wrangled them all up and ranked them according to their value.

Most Valuable LeBron James Rookie Card Rankings

The following is a full breakdown and ranking of every LeBron James Rookie Card with the RC tag in the Beckett Basketball Card Database and Price Guide. Only base cards are included, not inserts or parallels.

1. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James RC #78 Auto Patch /99

It’s not hyperbole to say that the 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James Rookie Card changed everything. High-end cards came before it and some even more premium offerings have followed in the years since. The product as a whole, though, introduced the idea of something ultra high-end. And while many initially scoffed at the idea of a $500 pack of cards, the market ran with it. Today, almost anyone would jump at the chance to go back in time and buy one.

Where to start with this card? For starters, coming from the landmark release carries meaning. It’s hobby history. Not only is it signed, but it comes with a multi-color swatch as well. And at 99 copies, it’s tied with SkyBox LE for being James’ rarest RC.

Given its scarcity, no matter the condition or grade, there can be large fluctuations from one sale to the next but it has settled as one of the most important cards not just of a generation, but all-time.

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2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James

2. 2003-04 Ultimate Collection LeBron James RC #127 Autograph /250

2003-04 Ultimate Collection Basketball was one of the early products to go with a single-pack per box concept focused on autographs and memorabilia. The idea was to be at the top end of quality and content. For this card, it means being one of the rarer Rookies (250 copies). It also means a signature (on-card). The result? A card that is going to cost you thousands (if you can find it).

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2003-04 Ultimate Collection LeBron James Autograph RC

3. 2003-04 SP Authentic LeBron James RC #148 Autograph /500

Whether it’s basketball or hockey, SP Authentic is another example of why print run isn’t everything. Signed on-card, that instantly makes this one of the most coveted LeBron James Rookie Cards. But at 500 copies, there are many that are more plentiful. The brand’s popularity with Rookie collectors, set builders and its origins as one of the hobby’s first truly premium products are other factors in the value of the 2003-04 SP Authentic LeBron James RC.

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2003-04 SP Authentic LeBron James RC

4. 2003-04 SPx LeBron James RC #151 Auto Jersey /750

LeBron James has several autographed cards from his rookie season. However, just four are Rookie Cards found on the main part of a product’s checklist. They start with 2003-04 SPx, which also includes a jersey swatch. Numbered to 750 copies, there aren’t a lot of them out there. At the same time, there are several RCs that are in shorter supply. The signature isn’t on-card either. Rather, it’s entrapped within the card, similar to a cut. If the signature isn’t centered perfectly on the paper, the tail end can become obscured by the card’s frame.

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2003-04 SPx LeBron James RC

5. 2003-04 SkyBox LE LeBron James RC #118 /99

Die-cut cards look interesting. But that’s not why this card sells for so much. Simply put, it’s based almost exclusively on rarity. At 99 copies, it’s tied with Exquisite for being the rarest LeBron James Rookie Card.

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2003-04 SkyBox LE LeBron James RC 99

6. 2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James RC #111

Some cards defy the hobby’s unwritten rules where things like rarity and autographs often reign. The 2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James Rookie Card has neither of those. Yet, here it is, one of his most coveted cards. And it’s not just the Refractors. The base version has continued its upward movement over the past few years, likely as a sign of the long-term popularity of the brand.

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2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James RC

7. 2003-04 Finest LeBron James RC #133 /999

One of the nice things about Finest is that it uses the chromium concept and stands on its own. Brands like Topps Chrome and Bowman Chrome are based in other products. Finest is also a brand that built a history in basketball. So even with a moderately larger print run of 999 numbered copies, the 2003-04 Finest LeBron James Rookie Card remains extremely popular, not to mention one of his most valuable.

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2003-04 Finest LeBron James RC

8. 2003-04 Upper Deck Finite LeBron James RC #242 /200

2003-04 Upper Deck Finite Basketball was released as one of the season’s more premium releases. As is often the case with such products, that means a smaller print run. For James, it’s 200 copies making it one of his scarcest Rookie Cards.

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2003-04 Upper Deck Finite LeBron James RC

9. 2003-04 UD Glass LeBron James RC #100 /250

When manufacturers look to create clear cards, acetate is often the material of choice. The 2003-04 UD Glass LeBron James isn’t made with acetate. Rather, it’s plexiglass, something that’s usually used to create windows. That means that it’s a lot thicker and more more durable than virtually every other card. At 250 copies, it’s also rare.

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2003-04 UD Glass LeBron James RC

10. 2003-04 Topps Jersey Edition LeBron James RC #LJ Jersey

As the name of the set suggests, 2003-04 Topps Jersey Edition is all about relics. But without any jerseys from James available, this card takes the manufactured patch route. It’s one of just a handful in the product that do this.

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2003-04 Topps Jersey Edition LeBron James RC

11. 2003-04 Ultra LeBron James RC #171 /500

2003-04 Ultra Basketball took it up a notch in the rookie department, at least as far as top draft picks are concerned. Inserted under the Lucky 13 umbrella, they’re not just short printed but serial numbered to 500. This card shouldn’t be confused with a nearly identical Ultra card that came packaged with a die-cast Hummer vehicle. It has the same general design minus the numbering and Lucky 13 on the front. It’s also worth significantly less.

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2003-04 Ultra LeBron James

12. 2003-04 SP Signature Edition LeBron James RC #101 /499

Yes, that’s a mini Scrabble-like tile with the Cavs logo embedded in the card. It’s one of the earlier manufactured relics that Upper Deck experimented with, similar to what they (and other companies) have done with things like patches. Although it helps distance this card from the dozens of other Rookie Cards featuring James, it’s the moderate print run of 499 copies that likely brings more to the table as far as value goes.

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2003-04 SP Signature LeBron James RC

13. 2003-04 Flair LeBron James RC #94 /500

Fleer put out two separate sets under the Flair banner in 2003-04, each with their own LeBron James Rookie Cards. This is the more valuable of the two. The design doesn’t have much in the way of visuals, but it’s done in a slightly more upscale way. Coming in at 500 numbered copies, that’s where a lot of the interest comes from.

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2003-04 Flair LeBron James RC

14. 2003-04 SP Game Used LeBron James RC #107 /999

2003-04 SP Game Used Basketball was one an early adopter of the hit-per-pack concept. While James has a handful of autographs and memorabilia cards in the product, his Rookie Card is a little more humble. Numbered to 999, it uses foil, contrasting colors and a basketball pattern to create a somewhat busy look.

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2003-04 SP Game Used LeBron James RC

15. 2003-04 Sweet Shot LeBron James RC #91 /799

Sometimes the concept for a photo is better as an idea than its execution. LeBron is shown on his 2003-04 Sweet Shot Rookie Card likely making a victory cheer. But it’s open to interpretation. What isn’t up for debate is the fact that the card has a print run of a modest 799 copies. Coming from a mid- to high-end product, it wasn’t an easy pull at the time.

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2003-04 Sweet Shot LeBron James RC

16. 2003-04 Fleer Patchworks LeBron James RC #105 /799

Today, Fleer Patchworks is a brand that not a lot of people remember. It doesn’t mean that it’s bad. Rather, it didn’t get much of a chance to establish itself before Fleer went under. Intended to stress the peaking memorabilia trend, James didn’t figure into this. The limited run of 799 numbered copies represents the card’s attraction. That said, the horizontal design makes it stand out from a visual perspective.

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2003-04 Fleer Patchworks LeBron James RC

17. 2003-04 Bowman Chrome LeBron James RC #123

Available in 2003-04 Bowman Basketball packs, there’s an enduring love for the chromium brand. However, unlike baseball, it’s not on the same level of popularity as Topps Chrome. What that means is for fans of the metallic style, this is the more affordable choice of the two. It’s possible, though, that as Topps Chrome continues to rise and push some collectors out of the market, Bowman Chrome could start filling the void.

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2003-04 Bowman Chrome LeBron James RC

18. 2003-04 E-X LeBron James RC #102

Although it might not have quite the same mix of materials as earlier E-X sets, the acetate design is still popular with a good number of collectors. The 2003-04 E-X LeBron James Rookie Card isn’t serial numbered but it carries a lot of clout. That’s amplified even further with the Essential Credentials Now parallel, which is numbered to 102. The product also has a scarce LeBron James Jambalaya insert.

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19. 2003-04 Upper Deck Hardcourt LeBron James RC #132 /799

LeBron James figured prominently in 2003-04 Upper Deck Hardcourt, a product that revolved around the theme of the basketball court. Every box came with a memorabilia card with a piece of a floor from a game he played on in high school. That makes for a lot of game floor cards. However, these aren’t his Rookie Cards. That’s found in the base set as part of the Hardcourt Futures subset. Numbered to 799, it’s a colorful card that goes all-in with the floor motif in the background.

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2003-04 Upper Deck Hardcourt LeBron James

20. 2003-04 Black Diamond LeBron James RC #184

If you’re not a fan busy, dynamic designs, move on. The 2003-04 Black Diamond LeBron James Rookie Card takes to the skies for its photo. Add the etched foil background plus the many different angles and you have a card that’s anything but quaint. Although not serial numbered, it is part of the Rookie Gems Quad Diamond subset. A total of 15 players are included with one landing every other box. In a nutshell — this isn’t an easy card to pull.

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2003-04 Black Diamond LeBron James Rookie Card

21. 2003-04 Fleer Showcase LeBron James RC #130 /1000

By the time LeBron arrived in the NBA, Fleer Showcase had abandoned the tiered Row structure that helped make it unique. Still boasting a more high-end look than many other releases, it has 1,000 serial-numbered copies. One thing that Fleer didn’t get rid of in Showcase are the Legacy and one-of-one Masterpiece parallels.

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2003-04 Fleer Showcase LeBron James

22. 2003-04 Fleer Mystique LeBron James RC #99 /999

Using foil for the card’s backdrop and additional accents for the nameplate, there’s a certain amount of elegance here. Although Mystique had been around for a couple of years, Fleer was positioning it on a slightly more high-end scale in a likely attempt to keep up with a quickly evolving segment of the hobby. Numbered to 999, it’s not the rarest LeBron James Rookie, but it’s not overly plentiful, either.

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2003-04 Fleer Mystique LeBron James

23. 2003-04 Topps Collection LeBron James RC #221

Released as part of a special factory set, the general design is the same as the flagship Topps LeBron James RC. However, the image is different. Rather than the posed shot of James holding his jersey, he’s pictured on the court. Another difference can be found with the foil on the front. Here, it’s gold versus the silver from the base version.

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2003-04 Topps Collection LeBron James

24. 2003-04 Bowman Signature Edition LeBron James #56 /1250

As the name suggests, 2003-04 Bowman Signature Edition was centered on autographs. James is one of just a handful of rookies to get regular cards instead thanks to his Upper Deck exclusive. This is one of just two LeBron James Rookie Cards from Topps that’s serial numbered.

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2003-04 Bowman Signature LeBron James RC

25. 2003-04 Fleer Focus LeBron James #137 /499

In its final years, Fleer had a lot of different brands. Some of those stood out, others seemed to blend together. This is one of the latter. Even with the ample open space, there’s a lot going on. Although a sign of design trends at the time, it doesn’t go far enough to fully embrace a unique identity. Like Jame’s Genuine Insider RC, this one’s also numbered to 499.

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2003-04 Fleer Focus LeBron James RC

26. 2003-04 Fleer Genuine Insider LeBron James RC #104 /499

This is a card that doesn’t scream of gimmicks. It’s not overly subtle either. Numbered to 499, it’s among the rarer LeBron James Rookie Cards. That said, it’s part of the middle-of-the-pack that is somewhat overlooked or even forgotten about today.

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2003-04 Fleer Genuine Insider LeBron James RC

27. 2003-04 Upper Deck Honor Roll LeBron James RC #106 Jersey /499

The 2003-04 Upper Deck Honor Roll LeBron James Rookie Card brings memorabilia int the mix. Not only is the card numbered to 499 copies, but it has a jersey swatch embedded in it. It’s important to note that this is from a jersey worn by James in a photo shoot, not in a game. If memorabilia is your thing, this is the cheapest James card with the RC tag.

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2003-04 Upper Deck Honor Roll LeBron James RC

28. 2003-04 Topps LeBron James RC #221

The story here is much the same as LeBron’s Upper Deck rookie with a little more history behind it. It’s that history and brand recognition that’s helping it out today. It’s not close to the top tier, but we are talking flagship Topps.

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29. 2003-04 Hoops Hot Prospects LeBron James RC /1000

Usually, the Hoops brand brings low-end expectations. 2003-04 Hoops Hot Prospects brought a more high-end approach. For the LeBron James Rookie Card, that came through with a card numbered to 1,000 copies. That’s where a lot of its value comes from.

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03-04 Hoops Hot Prospects LeBron

30. 2003-04 SkyBox Autographics LeBron James RC #77 /1500

The Autographics name is legendary in the hobby for it’s massive checklists that reached across multiple products. But then it became its own standalone line for a short period. And as LeBron shows, not everything was signed. There’s a lot going on between all the various fonts, angles and logos. But there’s that production run of a fairly modest 1,500 copies.

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03-04 SkyBox Autographics LeBron

31. 2003-04 Topps Contemporary Collection LeBron James RC #1

From a strictly visual standpoint, the 2003-04 Topps Contemporary Collection LeBron James is a lot more slick than the company’s other offerings. The bright foil is reminiscent of what they use with the Topps Tribute line. The product is on the higher end for Topps. However, this particular card doesn’t have quite as much going for it when it comes to that premium appeal, not even numbering.

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2003-04 Topps Contemporary Collection LeBron James RC

32. 2003-04 Fleer Platinum LeBron James RC #183 /750

In case you’re thinking this card looks like 1984 Fleer Baseball, it’s by design. Fleer Platinum was a brand that borrowed from the company’s past, much like Topps Heritage. For the rookies in 2003-04, that meant taking it back a couple of decades to a time when Roger Clemens and Kirby Puckett made their MLB card debuts and Jay Johnstone wore a Budweiser umbrella hat. Although the design is from a set that has no shortage of supply, this card is rather limited at 750 copies.

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2003-04 Fleer Platinum LeBron James

33. 2003-04 Topps Pristine LeBron James RC #101

2003-04 Topps Pristine Basketball has a lot going on. In fact, its structure was fairly confusing. When it comes to LeBron James and his Rookie Card, it’s done in a chromium style. That means Refractors go with it. James actually has three cards in the base set. #101 is considered common and, therefore, the RC. However, the uncommon and rare cards, which have alternate photos, also have appeal.

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2003-04 Topps Pristine LeBron James

34. 2003-04 Upper Deck Triple Dimensions LeBron James RC #132 /999

Holograms were one of the coolest things in cards during the 1990s. The problem is, done well, they’re not the cheapest cards to produce. The 2003-04 Upper Deck Triple Dimensions LeBron James Rookie Card brings them back, offering a mid-’90s vibe used for early SP inserts and, later, to launch the SPx brand. The James hologram might not wink, but it offers a unique look versus his other early cards and some modern nostalgia.

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2003-04 Upper Deck Triple Dimensions LeBron James RC

35. 2003-04 Fleer Avant LeBron James RC #65 /699

This card is intended to resemble a piece of art. The thick border resembles a matte while the main image’s background is supposed to be like a painting. It’s one of those cards that feels more premium than it looks. The card’s 699 copies also put it on the rarer side.

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2003-04 Fleer Avant LeBron James RC

36. 2003-04 Fleer Authentix LeBron James #104 /1250

Contenders may be famous for its ticket-based designs. But it’s not the only brand to do so. The 2003-04 Fleer Authentix LeBron James takes the concept much more literally. James is one of 30 rookies in the product. The card’s design includes notes on his debut as well as other ticket-based elements. When it comes to value, the print run of 1,250 copies is a big driver.

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2003-04 Fleer Authentix LeBron James RC

37. 2003-04 Upper Deck Legends LeBron James RC #135 /999

LeBron James is one of 45 different players with Rookie Cards in 2003-04 Upper Deck Legends. All are numbered, but they’re done so in two tiers. The LeBron James RC has 999 copies, making among the tougher tier that has ten cards. He’s also featured prominently among the inserts.

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38. 2003-04 Bowman LeBron James RC #123

2003-04 Bowman Basketball was one of those two-in-one products, mixing regular Bowman and Bowman Chrome cards in the same pack. In addition to the Chrome, autographed Rookie Cards are a focal point in the product. With James’ exclusive with Upper Deck, he’s relegated to regular Bowman status. The 2003-04 Bowman Chrome LeBron James RC is considered a separate card.

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03-04 Bowman LeBron

39. 2003-04 Flair Final Edition LeBron James RC #75 /799

2003-04 Flair Final Edition got its name for being Fleer’s last set of the monumental season. Given the impact of Exquisite and several other Upper Deck products that had James autographs, the name doesn’t carry a lot of resonance. That said, with 799 copies, it’s not the most plentiful of LeBron James Rookie Cards, which is probably the most important thing about it. But even with that, his card from the first Flair set has fewer copies, making this one somewhat redundant.

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03-04 Flair Final Edition LeBron

40. 2003-04 Upper Deck LeBron James RC #301

As a brand, base Upper Deck is a big one. It doesn’t matter the sport. However, rookie card values don’t always translate unless they’re modern Young Guns in hockey. That’s not to say that they’re at the bottom of the ladder in regards to what they sell for, they’re far from the top. In 2003-04 Upper Deck Basketball, Star Rookies are inserted 1:4 packs.

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41. 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron James RC #WJB with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh

When James took his game to South Beach, this card took on a lot more meaning — and value. It foretold of Miami’s Big Three that would go on to win a pair of NBA Championships before being disbanded.

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03-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron Wade Bosh

42. 2003-04 Fleer Tradition LeBron James RC #261

Here’s another LeBron James rookie card that’s worth a little more than the brand would normally command thanks to some moderate short printing. James leads a group of 30 rookie cards in 2003-04 Fleer Tradition Basketball that are inserted 1:3 packs.

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03-04 Fleer Tradition LeBron

43. 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron James RC #JAW with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade

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03-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron Anthony Wade

44. 2003-04 Upper Deck Standing O LeBron James RC #85

2003-04 Upper Deck Standing O was a one-and-done basketball brand. While the product as a whole got lost in the shuffle, when you’ve got a LeBron James rookie on the checklist, things aren’t all bad. It’s one of 42 rookies that are inserted 1:4 packs.

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03-04 Upper Deck Standing O LeBron

45. 2003-04 SkyBox LE Retail LeBron James RC #118

The hobby version of this card sells for hundreds thanks to its minuscule print run. The retail version, which is easy to spot thanks to its lack of die-cutting, isn’t numbered and it’s not nearly as valuable. That being said, this retail version isn’t all that easy to find on the secondary market.

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46. 2003-04 Upper Deck MVP LeBron James RC #201

This is another one of Upper Deck’s low-end releases. Highlighted by a high-energy design, it doesn’t have any added gimmicks that might make it more valuable. And for a lot of collectors not looking to get deep into the big-money, high-end LeBron James rookie card market, these sorts of cards are required, too.

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03-04 Upper Deck MVP LeBron

47. 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron James RC #BAJ with Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony

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48. 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron James RC #JMA with Darko Milicic, Carmelo Anthony

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03-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron Milicic Anthony

49. 2003-04 Upper Deck Victory LeBron James RC #101

Although 2003-04 Upper Deck Victory is another entry-level product, James is one of 30 “Rookie Orientation” cards that are slight short prints. One of the cards is inserted every two packs so they’re definitely not rare, just a little tougher than the main base set.

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03-04 Upper Deck Victory LeBron

50. 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron James RC #JKA with Chris Kaman, Carmelo Anthony

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03-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron Kaman Anthony

51. 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron James RC #JHA with Kirk Hinrich, Carmelo Anthony

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03-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron HInrich Anthony

52/53. 2003-04 Bazooka LeBron James RC #223 (Home and Away Versions)

The LeBron James rookie in this set has a couple of different versions, one with King James in a home Cavaliers jersey and another with him in an away jersey. Neither one commands a premium. Produced by Topps, it’s a product that attempted to tap into both the youth and nostalgia markets with a bubbly design and inserts like comics.

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54. 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron James RC #MJW with Darko Milicic, Dwyane Wade

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55. 2003-04 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives LeBron James RC #1

As a brand, Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives lasted just one season. Combine that with the fact that it doesn’t stand out much and you’ve got an affordable and fairly widely available LeBron James rookie card.

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03-04 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives LeBron

56-62. 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix LeBron James RC #HJM with Kirk Hinrich, Darko Milicic
#MFJ with Darko Milicic, T.J. Ford
#AJF with Carmelo Anthony, T.J. Ford
#BHJ with Chris Bosh, Kirk Hinrich
#FBJ with Chris Bosh, T.J. Ford
#JBM with Chris Bosh, Darko Milicic
#JMK with Darko Milicic, Chris Kaman

2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix Basketball took a page out of the 1980-81 Topps Basketball playbook. Base cards are much smaller, attached to two other cards to make up the whole. But rather than have a player on one panel, the combinations are mixed up. James is a part of more than a dozen combinations. While not all are created equal, many of them are among the cheapest LeBron James rookie cards. James’ photo on all the cards is the same, although the backgrounds do change.

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A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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47 comments

  1. Chris Joy 5 June, 2017 at 02:23

    The only Lebron rookie I have is out of the Matrix set but its not shown here. Its a framed mini. I think its a pretty cool looking card.

  2. Kevin B 10 June, 2017 at 14:35

    I got that one as well . I have the matrix triple with James, Wade And Melo. I think its dope, but it doesn’t get valued right for me. I am frustrated daily for letting go his topps collection rc a few years back, and its soaring now.

  3. Joe A 28 May, 2018 at 23:38

    Got #3, #6, #7 refractor, #28 (x2) all graded. Also have two finest XRC’s graded. bought a lot of 03-04 product. Glad I’ve held on to these!

  4. Mike Owens 29 May, 2018 at 13:06

    My wife thought I was stupid and really really tore me a new one for buying boxes of the 2003-04 Tops Chrome When they hit , Now she is on my butt to open some of the 52 boxes I managed to buy and store all boxes unopened and I am sure loaded. Someday soon I will bust these I had cancer and it took a lot of money to get through that so I am almost ready to start busting them. 52 boxes I swear to god I had no idea I had this many.

  5. Joe A 2 June, 2018 at 15:46

    WOW!! That’s pretty sweet!! I’m sure you have a nice fortune waiting to be uncovered! I have to admit, I’m a little jealous of all the fun you will be having going through those boxes! Good Luck and wish you the best in health and busting those exciting boxes!!

  6. Francis L 7 June, 2018 at 20:03

    Tremendous breakdown of the King’s Rookie Cards. His cards are finally getting the attention (and prices) that they should have commanded a long time ago. If there’s anything the 2017/2018 season taught us….There has Never been anyone better to play the game. Thanks Ryan, keep the LeBron card info coming!

  7. Hector 10 June, 2018 at 03:10

    In 2003 I bought 11 Lebron james rookie cards I didn’t even know who he was as an up and coming player I bought them on a tv show graded 10 .. I forgot about the box open it 4 weeks ago one of the plastic cases from one card was crake the other fresh out the box . I have no ideal if they have any real value but they sat in that box unopened for 15 years.. I don’t know we’re to go to have the Evaluated Any help would be appreciated I can use the extra money I’m retired

  8. Francis L 26 August, 2018 at 07:04

    DMW….did you miss LeBron’s 15th year in the NBA? Allow me to recap. He was Sensational and received little support from his teammates while carrying them all the way to the Finals. Then put up 50 in game 1 on a top 5 team of all time. Jordan never even faced a top 25 team in the Finals and surely didn’t carry the Wizards to any Finals. Oh and I grew up in the Jordan era. I remember his 15th season in the NBA too. It was kind of sad. He led the Wizards to a mind blowing 37 wins and didn’t even make the playoffs.

  9. Ron l 22 December, 2018 at 07:49

    Hello Ryan just going through my cards big LeBron fan I have a tops pristine refractor card 103 # 23 of 149 can u give me a little help on if I should have it graded or just leave in original hard plastic which never opened still has topps sticker on top ty

    • Ryan Cracknell 1 January, 2019 at 01:13

      @Ron – It probably depends on why you’re looking to get it graded. If you’re looking for strictly a high-grade, you’d probably need to take it out of the original case first to inspect the surface closely. If it’s more for added protection and less what the final grade would be, then a less rigourous inspection would be required.

  10. John 26 May, 2019 at 21:38

    Ryan I have a LeBron James rookie card 2003 2004 upper deck collectible card 582 out of 5000. Just going thru old shoe boxes. Any value to this card? Thank you

  11. Johnathan 18 October, 2019 at 01:38

    Francis L has LeBron ever won 3 finals in a row not once but twice I’m not taking anything away from LeBron but he caen’t hold a light to MJ just sayin…

  12. Mike Pudlo 5 January, 2020 at 01:49

    Where is the Upper Deck Inspirations redemption 2002-2003 draft card? I pulled that silhouette when I was 11 years old. Numbered of 499. Sent it in for the real card. Beckett said it was worth $300 at the time. Obviously has to be worth more now. eBay sellers definitely think so.

  13. Dave 20 February, 2020 at 23:59

    I have a 2004 Upper Deck All Star Weekend Authenics Relic Card of Lebron. I recently picked it up and I can’t find very much information on it. It is listed as an SP on Upper Decks site. I’m trying to find out the value and any true print run information. Thank you.

  14. Gary Anderson 27 February, 2020 at 14:58

    Happily, own 2003-04 Ultimate Collection RC AU #127, 2003-04 SPX RC AUJ5Y #15l & 2003-04 SP Authentic RC AU #148. All encased in recessed plastic holder.

  15. Matthew Hartman 1 March, 2020 at 01:25

    Does anyone know what the LeBron Upper Deck Rookie Box (32) set is worth unopened? Thanks

  16. Jason Sherman 25 March, 2020 at 19:16

    I have six LB cards 1-6 and they don’t have an NBA team on it.Its an brown uniform ,with the number 23 on it Has anyone seen one like that

  17. Todd K. 7 April, 2020 at 15:32

    I have about 75 lebron rookies but it seems my topps chrome is the cream of the crop. Is there really only 99 in circulation?

    • Ryan Cracknell 7 April, 2020 at 17:28

      @Todd – The Topps Chrome Lebron RC is not numbered. There are definitely more than 99, though.

  18. Danny Hutchens 18 June, 2020 at 13:07

    Hello Ryan, I have The UD GLASS Rookie of Lebron. The card has not been peeled. Do you have any idea how many unpeeled copies are left, and should the unpeeled version be worth more than the peeled copy. Thanks for the info!

    • Ryan Cracknell 18 June, 2020 at 16:05

      @Danny – No way to know how many with the film vs. no film. As for removing it, it’s largely personal preference. From my understanding, if you’re thinking of having it graded, it’s based on what’s there. So if the film is there and it has lots of scratches, the grade will get a lower surface grade. Personally, I prefer no cover for a lot of sets but am also concerned that I might damage the card by peeling now.

  19. Alicia 20 July, 2020 at 17:20

    I have the LeBron James, Exclusive 32- card set featuring LeBron James I purchased this back in 2003 never open the box it has the upper deck seal and NBA seal with an over size LeBron autograph card. Randomly inserted how can I find out the value of it??

  20. Carl Johnson 14 October, 2020 at 18:27

    Hey Ryan,
    Is the 2002-03 Upper Deck Inspirations considered a rookie card or XRC. The first 50 out of 250 made were holo foil. I think it is a great card too.

    • Ryan Cracknell 6 January, 2021 at 20:17

      @Nik – I’m not sure what you’re referring to. He doesn’t have a Black Refractor sticker that I’m aware of.

  21. RGANJ 20 February, 2021 at 10:48

    Hello Ryan,

    Enjoy reading through your articles. Interesting reads. I do have two questions on Lebron cards. A friend of mine has what I believe is to be an unbelievable card (and what is know as a casket card :)) but he nor I have been able to find a value for the card. It is from the 2003-04 SP authentic and it is the triple signature (Lebron, Jordan, Kobe). He has it as a BGS 9.5. I tried the price guides and tried to find pricing online put no luck. Would you know what a card like that would be valued at? Second question, the card is probably not considered a rookie card in that set but what would one classify it as? It is a card in his rookie year.

    Best,

    RGANJ

    • Ryan Cracknell 22 February, 2021 at 15:27

      @RGANJ – It’s an insert so not a rookie. I don’t know the value. Will likely set a mark once it sells given it’s the signers and grade.

  22. Dan K 22 February, 2021 at 23:57

    Great article Ryan! I’ve been noticing 90s inert cards have been skyrocketing what seems like across the board. Curious if you would recommend snatching up Lebron inserts from his rookie year as well. I know it’s a completely speculative question + answer, but just curious if my assessment of other insert cards rising in value is true or if I’m just seeing a small sample size. Thanks!

    • Ryan Cracknell 23 February, 2021 at 19:57

      @Dan – I don’t speculate. I’d say if you like them, they’re in your budget and you’re comfortable with the price, go for it. That said outside of larger market shifts, there’s probably no safer active player in sports right now than LeBron. Whenever he decides to retire, his legacy is set.

  23. Matt 4 March, 2021 at 21:42

    I have Lebron’s Diary, 2003-2004, upper deck, F_23, LJ1-LJ15. Are they of any value? I also have the Landon James “no 1 becomes no 23” card 9, 2003 upper deck?

    Am I sitting on anything good? I’d say most are mint been in cases there whole life.

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