Kobe Bryant-LeBron James Card Lost in a Shoebox Sells for Whopping $312,000

Published 11/22/2021, 12:30 PM EST
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From legendary art pieces to present-day NFTs, collectors’ items are known for increasing in value, based on their exclusivity. In the NBA, collectors’ items range from first-worn jerseys to sneakers and collectors’ cards.

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One such iconic collectors’ item- a 2008 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor Kobe Bryant and LeBron James card was recently found in a shoebox. What makes this card so special?

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It is one of only 50 copies to be printed and it sold for a whopping amount in an auction recently. Why? Since it shows Kobe Bryant getting guarded by none other than LeBron James. For NBA fans, this collector’s item is extremely valuable since it is exclusive and shows two of the greatest players of all time to play basketball. Therefore, it was auctioned off for $312,000.

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James collectors’ card sold for an INSANE price

According to Rich Mueller of the Sports Collectors’ Daily, the card had been sitting in a shoebox for years. But one of the 50 copies of the 2008 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor Kobe Bryant sold for a whopping sum over this weekend.

A collector presented the card to last summer’s National Sports Collectors Convention after opening packs and putting them away. He took it to the PWCC stand at the Chicago event, where PSA authenticated and graded it.

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James have their game face on as they guard each other in the fourth quarter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Lakers lost 98–95. LeBron James scored 14 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter. Kobe Bryant finished with 33 points. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) | Courtesy: Getty Images

It received a perfect score resulting in it’s entry into PWCC’s November Premier Auction. There it fetched a record-breaking $312,000 on Saturday night. Additionally, this card is one of only six Gem Mint cards. Indeed it is exclusive.

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Other American Sports items sold at this auction

Some fanatic collectors made some big moves in this auction in Saturday’s auction. A 1/1 2017 National Treasures Red NFL Shield Patrick Mahomes card sold for $456,000. They also sold 2007 Exquisite Gold Kevin Durant Autographed Patch numbered 35 for a whopping $360,000. But that wasn’t a surprise since they graded it BGS 9.

Aug. 12, 2012 – London, England, United Kingdom – Team USA basketball gold medal winners including LEBRON JAMES, KEVIN DURANT, DERON WILLIAMS, JAMES HARDEN, RUSSELL WESTBROOK, KOBE BRYANT, and ANTHONY DAVIS pose for photos after their game against Spain during the 2012 London Summer Olympics. ((Photo by Mark Makela/Corbis via Getty Images)

Additionally, some other sales in the six-figure range included:

1. Exquisite Limited Logos from 2003- Michael Jordan Autographed Patch (#/75)- worth $336,000 BGS 9.5

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2. Bowman Chrome Refractor card of Tom Brady from 2000- worth $312,000 BGS 9.5

3. Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle- PSA worth $312,000

4. 1986-87 Fleer rookie card of Michael Jordan PSA 10 worth $312,000

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Consequently, the compiled up value of all the 274 cards auctioned off at this even came to just above $12 million.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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