$900,000 2003-04 Exquisite Michael Jordan, LeBron James Dual Logoman Sale

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The highest amount ever paid for a modern trading card is believed to have just reached a new high as Goldin Auctions recently sold a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection All-NBA Access LeBron James/Michael Jordan Dual Patches 1/1 BGS NM-MT+ 8.5 for $900,000 in a private transaction.

2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Michael Jordan LeBron James Dual Logoman

“There have only been two trading cards in the history of mankind that have ever sold for more than $900,000,” Ken Goldin, Founder and CEO of Goldin Auctions, told Beckett.com. “One is a ’52 Topps Mantle in [a grade of] 8.5 or higher. The other is a T206 Wagner in 2 or higher.”

According to Goldin, the consignor of the Logoman Exquisite Collection card is a collector who has acquired several one-of-a-kind cards over the years, and wishes to remain anonymous. He said the buyer also asked to remain anonymous for now, but may reveal himself in the future.

Goldin said the consignor asked him to send the card to Beckett Grading Services for authentication and grading.

“It’s amazing to see a card like this come to Beckett for grading,” said Jeromy Murray, Vice President of Beckett Grading/Authentication. “The sports card market is as strong as I can remember and a sale like this shows that. We were certainly honored to have been chosen to grade a card of this magnitude.”

The sale is, of course, the most ever paid for a basketball card, and is a sign the high-end basketball market is alive and well.

The previous record paid for a basketball card came in 2016, when Heritage Auctions sold a PSA 10 Gem Mint 1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor RC for $501,900. “We’re proud to report this sale nearly doubled that price,” Goldin said.

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8 comments

  1. Richard 13 February, 2020 at 13:13

    I guess if money means nothing to you, it makes sense.
    You can literally buy 2 game worn complete Jerseys for less than that.
    I’m not sure what a rookie year Lebron Jersey goes for, but I expect less given that they
    did quantity and established HOF players have sold for far less than 100K

  2. Rich 13 February, 2020 at 18:01

    I have at rooky card off deret Jeter so 1993 in very good condition I want to know how much it’s that higher price

  3. Richard Arnott 18 February, 2020 at 17:15

    I have just got back a 2015 topps Museum collection canvas artist proof 1/1 tom graded 9 with sub grades
    Just wondering what the price would be on something like this thank you very much Richard Arnott

  4. Randy Johnson 19 February, 2020 at 15:20

    I thought the same thing about lack of autos … man, for $900,000, you could probably call the Lakers or Hornets front offices and offer to make a $450,000 donation to each of their team charities in exchange for a private meet and greet with LeBron and MJ.

  5. Julius 6 March, 2020 at 17:19

    Wow I could pay off both my homes after taxes with that $$$. A card is worth as much as somebody is willing to pay for it.

  6. Samuel 16 March, 2020 at 11:55

    Did everyone get there cards back after grading there cards
    From there local card shop recently, and how long did they tell you the grading process was gonna last? My card shop said they will take 3 weeks it’s been 2 months now

    • Ryan Cracknell 17 March, 2020 at 22:09

      @Samuel – Please check in with the shop you submitted with. They should be able to check in with customer service. BGS has several levels of service.

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