Wow, what a week!
It’s no secret the hobby is thriving. Boxes are flying off the shelves, mainstream coverage is becoming commonplace (for better AND for worse), and cards/memorabilia are repeatedly selling for large (and in some cases, record) prices. And this week we had quite a few.
First, lets start with the King. It was a huge week for Lebron James cardboard. His 2003 EX Essential Credentials Futures RC 1/1, graded an 8 by BGS, sold on ebay for $160,100! A modern card, with no ink or relic. Amazing. We are still awaiting confirmation of the sale being completed and paid for, but the bidding history shows some incredibly reputable bidders going well over $100,000. But the King didn’t stop there. Over the weekend a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James Rookie Patch Autograph #34/99 BGS 8.5 also sold for $192,000. With the combination of the already strong LA market and the hype surrounding the LeBron/AD pairing, King James cards look to be on the rise.
While the basketball market is slowly heating up, baseball is absolutely on fire as MLB heads toward October. During a wild weekend over at Heritage Auction House, a 1937 Lou Gehrig Game-Used Jersey, in absolutely incredible condition, closed this weekend at $2.58 million! The jersey, a road flannel certified MEARS A9 & SGC Excellent, became the highest priced game-used jersey not worn by Babe Ruth ($5.64 million sale in June). Speaking of The Babe, his 1916 Famous & Barr RC sold at the same auction for $504,000! The card, largely considered one of the top Babe Ruth RC’s, was graded a PSA 6.
But those were far from the only major sales in the baseball market this week. While Ronald Acuña Jr. eyes would(not)-be home runs, collectors are sprinting towards his cards. His market is absolutely on fire, as the Trout rumblings begin to catch steam. However, one sale sticks out above the rest. A BGS Pristine 10 2007 1st Bowman Orange Auto /25 sold over the weekend for a staggering $47,356! The exact card last sold for (between) $15,000-$16,000 less than a year ago. Expect the hype to continue as Acuña makes his case for MVP.
Over on the frozen pond, Connor McDavid continues to reign supreme. His 2016-2018 Upper Deck The Cup Shield Auto 1/1, which features a game used NHL Shield from his rookie season, sold over the weekend for $20,000. The sale, which was completed through Facebook/Private Sale, is a landmark sale for his second year cards. This of course follows the sale of his UD The Cup RC Shield Auto 1/1, which sold through eBay recently for $100,000. McDavid is another one that doesn’t look to be slowing down, as yet another massive sale of his Cup RC Autos is currently taking place.
What a time for the hobby. (insert Shane McMahon theme song here)