Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, a winner of back-to-back NBA MVPs, became the third player to win the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year award in the same season, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon with that distinction this season.
And though he has yet to win an NBA Championship, Antetokounmpo, known as the Greek Freak, surpassed Jordan and LeBron James when it comes to card values.
That’s because his 2013-14 National Treasures signed NBA Logoman Patch rookie card just sold for a record $1,857,300 at Goldin Auctions. It’s the highest price ever paid for a basketball card.
The card surpassed cards of LeBron James and Michael Jordan. Earlier this year, a LeBron James 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection card sold for $1.845 million and a 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan fetched $420,000, both records for those cards.
Antetokounmpo told NBA on TNT he wants to be a champion and wants to keep getting better, saying “Don’t call me two-time MVP until I’m a champion.”
And if he wins an NBA title, what will that card sell for next time?
The Antetokounmpo card is the fourth-highest selling sports card of all time behind cards of Mike Trout ($3.936 million), Honus Wagner ($3.12 million) and Mickey Mantle ($2.88 million).