LeBron James Basketball Cards, Rookie Cards Checklist and Memorabilia Guide

LeBron James

Date of Birth: 12/30/1984
Rookie Card Year: 2003-04
Investment Rating: 9.0


Overview
With Michael Jordan's retirement, LeBron James cards and memorabilia breathed new life into market. He's the headliner in 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite, the hobby's first $500 per pack product. Accompanied by fellow rookies Carmelo Anthony and current teammate Dwayne Wade, Exquisite redefined the standards for a high-end trading card product. It's by far James' most coveted rookie card. However, the extensive checklist of LeBron James rookie cards has dozens of options to meet the budget of any collector.

For several years, Lebron James has had an exclusive autograph and memorabilia agreement with Upper Deck. Although he is featured in Panini sets today, Upper Deck still holds the sole rights to market and sell his autographs.

Top 3 LeBron James Rookie Cards

LeBron James' debut came at a time when there were three companies making licensed NBA cards: Upper Deck, Topps and Fleer. As a result, James has nearly 50 rookie cards, including many with autographs. Price points vary considerably. Below are the Top Three LeBron James rookie cards, one at each price range: entry level, mid-range and high-end.

2003-04 Upper Deck Triple Dimensions LeBron James RC #132 #/999

2003-04 Upper Deck Triple Dimensions Lebron James #132

Numbered to 999 copies, this LeBron James rookie card is a comparably affordable option to some of his other first cards. Featuring an intricately designed card front, it pictures LeBron making a layup and a reflective hologram image in the "R" as part of the Rookie Reflections subset.

2003-04 Upper Deck Finite LeBron James RC #242 #/200

2003-04 Upper Deck Finite Lebron James #242

With just 200 total cards, this is one of LeBron James' rarest rookie cards without an autograph or memorabilia. The card depicts James in a full-length, posed action shot against a blue and red background. An iconic stance of the young baller, ready to drive to the hoop.

2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection LeBron James RC #78 Autographed Patch #/99

2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James (/99)

The 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James rookie card helped to usher in a whole new era of trading cards. The first $500 per pack product, it's limited to only 99 serial numbered copies. This makes the card extremely costly, particularly when graded. Commanding four figures on the secondary market, this is LeBron's most iconic and expensive card.

Top eBay Listings

2015-16 Panini Complete Home LeBron James
$25.00

LEBRON JAMES 2003-04 Topps Matrix M3 LEBRON JAMES CHRIS BOSH TJ FORD RC
$19.99

$400 Lebron James Upper Deck Rookie Set 2003 RANDOM Autograph $3000+ AARON JUDGE
$175.00

2003 LEBRON JAMES #101 TOPPS GOLD ROOKIE REFRACTOR 4 99 RC PSA GEM 10 POP 2
$14,999.99

2004-05 Fleer Sweet Sigs 75 Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers PSA 10 FRESH GRADE
$40.00

2003 UD LeBron James #6 Graded 10 GEM-MT Rookie-Head of the Class
$30.00

LEBRON JAMES 2012 13 FLEER RETRO Z-FORCE RAVE 399
$42.00

2014 15 Panini Excalibur Slam Inc. Silver card 3 LeBron James #43 49
$27.88

Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 Panini Hoops Team Set Lebron James Love Kyrie
$19.99

2006-07 Ultimate Collection Premium Swatches Lebron James BGS 9.5 A3218
$179.99

LEBRON JAMES 2008-09 TOPPS CHROME XFRACTOR #'d 288 !! CAVS MINT (rarely seen)
$299.00

* LEBRON JAMES & SHANNON BROWN * 2006 07 UD BLACK QUAD JERSEY PATCH # 50
$49.99

RAREST FIRST EDITION 1ST 2003-04 TOPPS #221 LEBRON JAMES ROOKIE BGS 8.5 NM MT +
$119.99

PERFECT GEM MINT 10 LEBRON JAMES 2003 ROOKIE HOLDING CAVALIERS UNIFORM
$37.37

FIND A LEBRON JAMES FIRST EDITION ROOKIE 2003 TOPPS #221 TWO UNOPENED PACKS
$37.37

2003-04 Topps Pristine - #101 - Lebron James
$299.00
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. Lebron James sports card investor magazine. Ruby rookie 1/100. Any idea what this is worth? eBay says it is rarest rookie and first.

  2. i have a 2003/2004 indi rookie card of L. JAMES from the indi card co.i believe its a picture of him in his high school .tryin to find its worth #d i of 75 thanx

  3. correction its not his high school jersey

  4. I Have an 2003-2004Upper Deck Freshman Season Gem Mint 10 Lebron James card.Has his stats on back. Signature on side front. Pic is o fhim holding the Plaque. How much is it worth ?

  5. Nick and Terry and Dobbs, you can spend 50 cents per card to look up its Beckett. Or you can spend $9 for a one-month subscription to Beckett. Or, for free, you can do an advanced ebay search of completed listings for the cards whose value you’d like to know.

  6. I have a Fleer Tradition Trio Rookie card #300 with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade anyone have any idea how much it is worth

  7. Jason I sold mine after the heats championship when everything was fine and dandy (psa 10). I sold it for $150. Now that the trio is seperated you could pull $50-$75 for a psa 10. Good luck.

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