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LeBron James RPA sells for record $5.2 million

LeBron James RPA sells for record $5.2 million

Ben Burrows

A 2003 LeBron James Upper Deck Exquisite RPA has sold for a record $5.2 million in a private sale, PWCC announced on Monday.

The patch-auto rookie parallel is now the most expensive basketball card ever sold and is tied for most expensive sports card ever with a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9 rookie that was sold in January.

Both sales were privately brokered by PWCC.

One of the most iconic and important modern sports cards, the James RPA is graded a BGS 9 and is numbered to just 23.

Widely considered James’ best rookie card, this BGS 9 example is the third-best in existence.

A non-parallel version of this card, numbered to 99, sold for $1.7 million through Goldin Auctions Sunday night.

The record-breaking James RPA also takes the top spot for basketball cards from a Luka Doncic National Treasures Logoman RPA 1/1 that sold for $4.6 million in February.

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