When you think about the high price of sports cards, the most collectible ones tend to be from a different era. If you want an investment-grade baseball card, Honus Wagner is the man you want to have in your safe deposit box.
If you want to keep basketball cards, you’d likely picture Michael Jordan.
The Original Card Was Purchased for $400,000
The Luka Doncic rookie card that sold features the NBA logoman catch. It’s from a Mavericks jersey that the player wore with his signature in blue ink.
It was the only card made of that specific variety.
The card was originally from a 2018-2019 Panini National Treasures Basketball trading card box. It was revealed live during a pack break at a sports card shop in Florida. Collector Bolillo Lajan San reportedly purchased it at the time, with TMZ Sports saying that the price was over $400,000 for the item.
Only one other card has ever sold for more money than this 1/1 collectible. A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card went for $5.2 million. Before that sale, the previous record was a $3.9 million Mike Trout rookie card.
Why Would Someone Pay That Much for a Card?
Luka Doncic has the potential to be one of the NBA’s greatest players. He’s hit the court strong since coming into the league, and it’s not out of the question that his current trajectory could put him with Jordan, Kareem, and the other legends.
Although $4.3 million seems high today, this card’s uniqueness and rarity ensure that there will always be collectible interest in it. If Doncic finishes his career strong, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this rookie card valued at more than $10 million one day.