The sport of basketball is more than just watching a group of athletes run up and down a court, dribbling and throwing a round ball in hopes to outscore the opponent in a game. It is a freedom of athletic expression that allows a human being to engage in an activity that has defined the best highlights of American culture that couldn’t care less about ethnic backgrounds, skin color, or anything over than simply a love for the game. Just like baseball and football, the sport of basketball has become categorized as one of America’s favorite activities, regardless if they’re playing it or watching it. In addition to becoming one of the most popular sports in the world, the hobby of collecting prized basketball cards has almost become just as popular. And, just like some of the star players, just as expensive. For the record, the most expensive sports card ever bought so far, which is the Honus Wagner T206 SGC VG 3 1909-11 rookie card that sold for $6,606,000 USD via Robert Edward Auctions. While there aren’t any basketball cards priced that high yet, there are two that are already placed in the top five most expensive sports cards ever bought and paid for to date. According to Sports Illustrated, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is at the top with a $5,200,000 USD purchase price, followed by Luca Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks at $4,600,000 USD by private sale. While not at the top five yet, Giannis Antetokounmpo he is, so far, at number nine as the most expensive sports card there is, at least, according to Wikipedia’s sources.
How About Giannis Antetokounmpo
What about Giannis Antetokounmpo? What is the value of this Greek basketball player from the Milwaukee Bucks worth? What have been the five most expensive basketball cards that have been bought and paid for so far that features this all-star favorite? Before the 2013 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft, Antetokounmpo was already playing for the club’s senior team as of 2011. He was selected fifteenth overall by the Bucks and saw an impressive lead during the 2016 season over his fellow teammates in statistics. He also became the first NBA player in history to finish a regular season in the top twenty of all five statistics that include assists, blocks, rebounds, steals, and total points. In 2017, he earned recognition as the NBA’s Most Improved Player. In 2019 and 2020, his lead in the Eastern Conference votes earned him the honor to become a captain in the All-Star games, as well as the league’s Most valuable Player. He, LeBron James, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only three players to win NBA’s MVP while still aged in the lower twenties. In 2020, Antetokounmpo was also recognized as NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. Only he, Michael Jordan, and Hakeem Olajuwon have won the league’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season. As an added feather to his cap, in 2021 Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to its first NBC champsionship in four decades. Also in 2021, he was chosen for the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. Because of these impressive achievements, Giannis Antetokounmpo has earned himself the right to have some rather high-priced basketball cards in his name. It is expected as he continues to make a name for himself, the bidding war among enthusiasts who recognize Giannis Antetokounmpo as star quality will likely see what’s considered the five most expensive cards in his name today find higher price tags to replace them in the near future.
5. 2013-14 Panini Prizm Giannis Antetokounmpo (Autograph Prizms Black) #33 (1/1) BGS 9.5 Autograph 10 ($384,000.00 USD)
On the Heritage Auctions site, a 2013-14 Griannis Antetokounmpo basketball card sold for $384,000 USD on December 10, 2020. Between Deceomber 10 to December 13, 2020, there was an auction that was held that saw fourteen bids take place. The winning bid took place on December 10
4. 2013/14 “National Treasures” #130 Giannis Antetokounmpo Signed Patch Rookie Card (#54/99) – PSA GEM MT 10 ($554,000 USD)
At a PSA Gem MT 10 there are only Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie cards known to exist. At $554,000 USD between the initial price and fees, it placed this Antetokounmpo’s rookie card as one of the most expensive in his name.
3. 2013–14 Giannis Antetokounmpo Panini Prizm “Prizms Black Mosaic” #290 ($1,140,000 USD)
This rookie basketball card of Giannis Antetokounmpo was purchased for $1,140,000 USD through Goldin Auction on December 12, 2020. There were twenty-five bids placed on this particular card that ultimately saw the winning bidder earn the right to take call it their own.
2. 2013-14 Giannis Antetokounmpo Panini Prizms Black Mosaic #290 PSA 9.5 ($1,168,500 USD)
According to Republic World, this Giannis Antetokounmpo basketball card sold for $1,168,000 USD on December 12, 2020. The auction was held at Goldin Auctions as one two these particular rookie cards that was up for grabs.
1. 2013-14 National Treasures Horizontal (RPA) #130 Giannis Antetokounmpo Signed NBA Logoman Patch Rookie Card (#1/1) – BGS MINT 9/BGS 10 ($1,812,000 USD)
Goldin Auctions sold the 2013 rookie card of Giannis Antetokounmpo for $1,812,000 USD by auction on September 20, 2020 to the person who outbid thirty other contenders in order to take home the prize. The bidding for this card began at $250,000 USD and kept rising until there was a winner finally declared.