No baseball, no problem for card collectors.
Baseball card collectors are still shelling out big money for the game’s biggest stars, as evidenced by three record sales in PWCC Marketplace’s February Premier Auction.
One of the highlights of the 288-card, $17.5 million auction was a 2009 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Mike Trout Rookie Auto card that sold for $528,000.
Numbered to 50, the Gold Refractor set a record for that specific card and was the third-highest price ever paid for a Trout card, according to PWCC.
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Trout’s teammate, AL MVP Shohei Ohtani, also attracted big dollars with a 2018 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Rookie Auto card selling for $156,000. Numbered to 25, the card was also a record for the card and the third highest-selling Ohtani card. It is also the highest-selling card with the two-way star at bat; Ohtani’s other two top sellers pictured him pitching.
Another baseball card that attracted six figures was Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 2016 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Rookie Auto. Numbered to 50, the card sold for $117,000, a record for the card.
Closing the night before the NBA All-Star Game, the auction also featured several records for specific basketball cards, including:
• A 2003 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Kobe Bryant Patch Auto card, numbered to 75, for $360,000.
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• A 1997 Metal Universe Championship Precious Gems PMG Michael Jordan, numbered to 50, for $324,000.
• A 2018 Panini Flawless Vertical Gold Luka Doncic Rookie Patch Auto, numbered to 10, for $276,000.
• A 2020 National Treasures Blue LaMelo Ball Rookie Patch Auto, numbered to three, for $132,000.
• A 2003 Ultimate Collection Limited LeBron James Rookie Patch Auto, numbered to 25, for $144,000.
• A 2009 Bowman '48 Black Stephen Curry Rookie, numbered to 48, for $120,000.
Among football cards, Tom Brady once again led the way, with his iconic 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Rookie Auto, graded BGS 8.5, selling for $2,040,000 and a 2016 Panini Prizm Black Finite Prizms 1-of-1 fetching $240,000.
Hockey’s biggest new star also set a record with a 2015 The Cup Exquisite Collection Connor McDavid Rookie Jersey Patch Autograph card selling for $144,000, a record for a McDavid card. Numbered to 97 to match his jersey number, the card set a record for modern hockey cards, eclipsing such greats as Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.