Basketball cards of the sport’s biggest stars continue to surge, as evidenced by PWCC Marketplace’s December Premier Auction.
Led by NBA stars Luka Doncic and LeBron James and Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, PWCC’s latest auction netted more than $14 million in total sales from 252 cards across basketball, baseball, football, hockey, soccer and other sports, as well as high-selling comics and gaming cards.
A Luka Doncic Rooke Patch Auto card led the way as his 2018 National Treasures Luka Doncic Rookie Patch Auto DNA 10 /99 #127 PSA 10 sold for $780,000, a record for a Donic RPA card. Numbered to 99 and graded PSA 10, it is one of only four with PSA’s highest grade.
LeBron and Kobe cards also brought record sales. A 2003 Exquisite Collection LeBron James Rookie Patch Auto DNA 10 /100 PSA 10 GEM sold for $384,000, a record for the card, while a 2003 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos LeBron James RC PATCH AUTO /75 BGS 9.5 netted $444,000.
A 2003 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Kobe Bryant Patch Auto /75 #KB BGS 9 sold for $288,000, also a record for the card.
Soccer cards also fetched high prices, led by unique Cristiano Ronaldo card that set a record. The 2002 Panini Futebol Portugal Stickers Cristiano Ronaldo Rookie #306 PSA 10 sold for $138,000. The Sticker card, one of only 22 known to exist, has appeal not only as an early rookie card but also a sticker card that rarely surfaces in a PSA 10 grade.
Soccer legend Pele also attracted a big price as a 1958 Alifabolaget Football Pele Rookie #635 PSA 6 EXMT went for $180,000. Another interesting record soccer sale was a 1974 Ageducatifs Soccer Michel Platini ROOKIE #289 PSA 8 NM-MT that sold for a record $14,400.
With the hype surrounding the new Spider-Man movie, “No Way Home,” a 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems Spider-Man RED /100 #5 PSA 9 sold for a record $72,000. Sales for the card hovered around $1,000 earlier this year.
Pokemon cards also sold well, including a:
• A 2005 Pokemon Japanese Play Promo 70,000 Pts. Holo Gold Star Umbreon #026 PSA 10, which sold for $78,000.