If you don’t believe it, just look at the price someone recently paid for a one-of-a-kind rookie card bearing his name and likeness: $4.6 million, which also happens to be the most ever paid for an NBA trading card, per a recent CBS Sports report. Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks is one of the NBA’s biggest rising stars.
The card “features the NBA logoman catch, which is from a Mavericks jersey that Doncic wore, and a signature in blue ink,” all of which make it a unique piece, the only one of its kind with all of these features, which contributed to its record-breaking value. Another interesting fact about this card’s past is that, as you can see in the tweet below, the moment it was taken out of its pack (a box of 2018–19 Panini National Treasures Basketball trading cards) was actually recorded live on camera and streamed online during a live stream from the Layton Sports Card shop in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
That sets a new record for the most money ever spent on a basketball card at $4.6M.
And @LaytonSports withdrew it during a live break.
March 1, 2021 — Will Weinraub (@willweinraub)
A collector named Bolillo Lajan San first purchased the card after it was opened, and he paid an undisclosed sum for it (although TMZ has said he spent over $400,000). Then he turned around and sold it to Nick Fiorello, another collector, for an astounding $4.6 million. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle trade card, which just sold for $5.2 million, is the second most valuable trading card of all time and the most valuable basketball card of all time.
Getty Images/Tom Pennington
Clearly, the demand for high-end collectibles in the trading card industry is growing steadily, and if Donicic’s star rises as well, you may anticipate an increase in the value of this rookie card.
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