In the landscape of modern professional sports, if there was ever an athlete who could be termed a prodigy, it would be LeBron James. Since bursting onto the national scene over a decade ago at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School of Akron, the legend in the making has taken the National Basketball Association and the two cities in which he starred by storm. On the heels of winning his second successive title for the Miami Heat and adding yet another regular season and Finals Most Valuable Player Award to his hardware collection, “King” has turn the rest of the league into his subjects. As such, rookie material of the future Hall of Famer has surged in popularity.
Enter the 2003-04 Exquisite Collection by Upper Deck. An extremely limited five-card “pack” that was released during the season of what is considered by many to be the best NBA draft class in history. Included in boxes were (1) autographed patch numbered to 100 or less, (1) autographed rookie patch numbered to 200 or less and three additional cards numbered to 225 or less. When unopened material is infrequently located, boxes of this high-end product trade for well north of four figures.
Graded 9.5 Gem Mint with an Auto grade of 10 by BGS, the offered 2003-04 Exquisite Collection #78 LeBron James certified auto/rookie patch is perhaps the most desirable modern rookie card in the hobby. Serially numbered #31/99, the gorgeous two-colored swatch is placed above a crisp blue Sharpie signature. The sub-grades are as follows: Centering: 9.5; Corners: 9; Edges: 9.5 and Surface: 9.5. The first such specimen presented by a major auction house for public sale. Monumental modern insert that was originally pulled by our consignor. The wooden display box which once held this treasure is included.