Upper Deck Kobe 1/1 Brings $555,960 in Goldin Sale

Basketball and soccer cards were among the six-figure sellers at Goldin Auctions late Saturday night.  

The first half of the company’s two night Premium Sports Card and Memorabilia Auction saw a 2002-03 Upper Deck Logomania Kobe Bryant 1/1 autograph card sell for $555,960–the second highest price ever paid for a card featuring the late Hall of Famer.  

High-end soccer cards continue to attract a worldwide audience.  One of the star attractions among numerous issues Goldin offered was a 1/1 2019 Topps Chrome Bundesliga Superfractor of Erling Haaland that rocketed to $442,800–the most paid for a soccer trading card since the company sold a 1979 Diego Maradona sticker for $555,960 in April.

A PSA 10 2004 Mega Cracks Lionel Messi rookie card sold for $344,400–a record price for a card featuring the soccer legend.

Buying a 24-pack box of 1961-62 Fleer basketball back during its release would have cost you $1.20. Goldin offered a BBCE-inspected box and bidders chased it deep into the evening with the product containing Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West rookie cards–among others–finally selling for $4461,250.

A 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card graded PSA 10 settled at $270,600 while a 2015 Panini National Treasures 1/1 Platinum autographed rookie card of NBA MVP Nikola Jokic found a new home for $62,730, the most ever paid for a card of “The Joker.”

A 2012 Prizms Finite Mike Trout card graded BGS 9.5 became the highest selling Prizm baseball card of all-time when it sold for $94,710.

Prices reflect a 23 percent buyer’s premium. However, if winning bidders pay on time and don’t use a credit card, the premium is 20 percent.

The second half of the multi-million dollar auction was slated to close Sunday night.

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for over 35 years and a collector for even longer than that, he’s usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected]

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