- Feb 25, 2020
- in News
Memorabilia is art. Collecting the art is a sport in itself. You must prepare for auctions, search for the best deals and follow leads. There are great emotional highs with the joy of collecting, but also some sad lows when a lead falls short. The moments that make it all worth while, acquiring a piece that brings you tons of joy or sold a piece that brings you a ton of money, makes it all worth while.
Check out these amazing pieces of sports' history of some of your favorite stars that were recently sold in auction.
Michael Jordan and LeBron James are seen by many as the greatest two basketball players to ever play in the NBA. In 2020, the highest amount ever paid for a trading card was reached, as a 2003-2004 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection All-NBA Access LeBron James/Michael Jordan Dual Patches 8.5/10 Mint trading card sold in private auction for a whopping $900,000.
LeBron James is considered by many to be on the Mount Rushmore of NBA history. Not only has "The King" dominated the NBA ranks, but he also dominated in high school, as the most-highly touted high school prospect in basketball history. In 2019, LeBron's game-used historic high school basketball jersey, donned on the cover of the notorious February 2002 issue of Sports Illustrated, sold for a whopping $192,000. The St. Vincent-St. Mary Gold Fighting Irish jersey was worn by James for much of his junior season.
Mike Trout is already Hall of Fame bound entering his age-28 season. Before signing a whopping 12 year, $426.5 million contract, Trout was a 25th pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft straight out of high school. Debuting in 2011, Trout has already racked up 3 AL MVP awards, 8 All Star Game appearances and 7 Silver Slugger Awards. It pays to be Trout, but it also pays to own historic collectible memories of the superstar. In 2019, an autographed version of Trout's 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects rookie card sold on an online auction for $186,580. The card was limited edition (of 25) and received a 'gem mint' condition rating.
Fresh off his 6th Super Bowl title, NFL Great QB Tom Brady had yet another record to attach to his name. In February 2019, a rare (/100) 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket card autographed by Brady sold in auction for $400,100, the highest price a trading card has ever been sold in auction. This is arguably the finest trading card ever sold in spots memorabilia auction history.