He's still only 28 years old. Ten years in the league. Four MVPs. You may not have been crazy about how his departure from Cleveland and grand entrance to Miami went down, but know that you are watching a guy who, before he's through,...
He's still only 28 years old. Ten years in the league. Four MVPs. You may not have been crazy about how his departure from Cleveland and grand entrance to Miami went down, but know that you are watching a guy who, before he's through, will be the current generation's Michael Jordan. While there may only be only one licensed Jordan rookie card, James arrived in the midst of autographed jersey cards and multiple manufacturers. When you consider the hottest LeBron James rookie cards at present--it's sometimes more fun to dig beyond that 2003-04 debut season. When it comes to LeBron, it's not always the first year cards that are the most popular with collectors.
Some prefer the dual-signed cards with James and Jordan. Others like the low print runs of other relic cards. James' debut coincided with Upper Deck Exquisite, which created a whole new tier of cards, the likes of which had never really been seen before. They were limited enough to push prices well out of sight for many.
As LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Birdman and the rest of the Heat draw closer to back-to-back championships, demand for James cards is peaking again. It's a good time to check the pulse of what collectors and investors are watching on eBay. Sellers hoping to take advantage of the attention the NBA playoffs are getting--are likely to do well, although you wonder if selling now might be selling too low as the next few years play out and LeBron chases even more hardware. He may re-write the NBA record book if his body holds up. Six, seven, eight more years of playing at a very high level is not out of the question.
Luckily for those with limited budgets, there is no shortage of LeBron's rookie cards and if you simply want a few from any portion of his career, there are plenty of low priced options. Beckett's database shows over 5,700 different cards created so far.
Still, the action is on the higher end. It's common for autographed rookie cards numbered to less than 100 to sell for well into five figures. The same is true for certain 1/1 autographs. Those with 9.5 or 10 grades consistently draw big bucks. Like vintage baseball card collectors and Mickey Mantle, the demand for James cards keeps prices strong.
With that in mind, whether you're reading this now--or in 2016, here's a real-time list of the hottest LeBron James rookie cards right now on eBay.
03-04 topps chrome black refractor lebron james rookie #393/50021 bids - Price: $315.00 - Watchers: 48Item # 39059807199303-04 spx lebron james auto jersey rookie#438/750 bgs9 with 10 centering27 bids - Price: $744.99 - Watchers: 40Item # 3905980738802003-04 TOPPS CHROME LEBRON JAMES ROOKIE REFRACTOR7 bids - Price: $202.50 - Watchers: 38Item # 3309262772432003-04 TOPPS CHROME LEBRON JAMES RC ROOKIE #11110 bids - Price: $43.50 - Watchers: 31Item # 4004936206922003-04 TOPPS CHROME LEBRON JAMES ROOKIE REFRACTOR7 bids - Price: $200.00 - Watchers: 28Item # 330926288616LEBRON JAMES 03-04 Topps Chrome #111 RC Rookie BGS 9.5 with 2 X 10 GEM MINT HOT22 bids - Price: $165.66 - Watchers: 28Item # 2309839188032003-04 TOPPS CHROME LEBRON JAMES ROOKIE10 bids - Price: $66.00 - Watchers: 27Item # 3309262968892003-04 LEBRON JAMES TOPPS CHROME RC ROOKIE #111- MINT LOOKING!!16 bids - Price: $102.50 - Watchers: 26Item # 1710442601732003-2004 Topps Chrome Lebron James Rookie BGS 9.5 gem mint2 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 26Item # 39060016183103-04 bowman signature lebron james rookie #113/1256 bids - Price: $51.77 - Watchers: 22Item # 271208400637