Ever since Michael Jordan's retirement, people were asking who would take his place as king of the NBA. In all honesty, there will likely never be another Michael Jordan. He's more like a basketball god than a king. So if Jordan is a deity, LeBron James can be the king. And that's the place where LeBron James basketball cards sit today — among the hobby's royalty.
Now with several NBA titles to his credit, including one for his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James can continue his ascension up the list of basketball's all-time greats. He may not be the game's most popular player, but he is one of the most respected.
His dominance on the court and in the hobby began with his rookie year. Part of a loaded crop of standouts in 2003-04, James can be credited with being one of the driving forces of a new level of super-premium products. Looking to take the hobby to a new level, 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite was done, in part, to showcase the card maker's exclusive deal with the super rookie.
Whether it's LeBron James rookie cards, autographs or high-end inserts, there is plenty to chase. His top cards regularly sell for thousands. No matter the autograph card, collectors should plan to start their budgets at a few hundred dollars. In part because of his deal with Upper Deck, this has helped stabilize prices of signed cards. Without any new NBA autograph cards coming for the foreseeable future, it ensures that demand for his early cards remains strong.
It's impressive to think that James' assault on the NBA will continue for years to come. By the time he decides to retire, there's a strong likelihood that many will be wondering who will be the next LeBron James.
Below is a real-time look at the 50 most-watch LeBron James basketball cards currently listed on eBay. It updates automatically, so if you're a LeBron James collector or someone who is looking to pick up a few cards, be sure to check back regularly.
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| E-Mail Author Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.
His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.
I’m trying to determine the value of a lebron james single color scripted swatch card #23 of 25 right out of the box in great shape.. Please advise.
I just want to know what is the value of LeBron James card of 2003-2004 rookie the card is sp authentic card cause I would like to sale it but I would like to know the value on the card before I do sale it thank you
i would like to know value of Lebron James Card in a case never opened. 2003 UPPER DECK, #16 LEBRON JAMES, ROOKIE-THE MAGIC TOUCH
Happen to know the price on 03-04 Lebron James sweet shot 3 point shot rookie card with two pieces of high school jersey and autograph. Would appreciate the help.
2004-2005 kobe bryant lebron james upperdeck Trilogy autographed card beckett graded 9 estimated value, only 10 in circulation. Thanks
How much is the 2009 A-LJ lebron James upper deck autographed card worth? I believe there were only 25 produced.
Value of LeBron James upper deck pro Sig rookie card?
I have the Lebron James Topps Chrome Rookie card #111, (off centered, mint)…(1) rough idea on the value? (2) does having a card graded increase the value?