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    Just a subgrade half-point short of the fabled Beckett "Black Label!"

    2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection LeBron James #127 Signed Rookie Card (#005/250) BGS Pristine 10 & Autograph 10. Until LeBron James' free throw in the closing seconds of Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals rattled home to put the contest out of reach, the most important ball in Cleveland Cavaliers history was of the ping pong variety, bearing a printed number 1. With the basketball world holding its breath in anticipation, it popped to the top of the 2003 Draft lottery machine to ensure that the greatest young talent ever spawned from the playgrounds of Ohio would remain within state borders.

    Though he'd break hearts in Cleveland before returning to fill them with unprecedented joy, LeBron's ascension to the professional ranks was unquestionably the biggest sports story of 2003, sparking a marketing bonanza to rival that of Michael Jordan nearly two decades earlier. In the blink of an eye, the son of a struggling single mother in Akron became the hottest commodity on Madison Avenue.

    The preternaturally gifted child now a man, LeBron James continues to reign over the collectibles marketplace, with rookie cards from that auspicious debut season regularly ticking the sixth digit on the pricing odometer. We expect this remarkable specimen to follow that soaring trend.

    Beyond the supreme notoriety of the subject, this particular issue likewise represents a dramatic step forward, one of the all-time greatest basketball brands ever produced. The Upper Deck Ultimate Collection saw no shortage of doubters when it debuted with a $100 price tag for a for a four-card pack, but today there's not a collector active during that period that doesn't harbor regret at failing to purchase every available example when he had the chance.

    This card, of course, is the one that every collector was hoping to find, and we find it presented in Pristine 10 condition as decreed by the experts at Beckett Grading Services. Frankly, for a borderless card, the decision to block establishment of this example as just the fourth to earn a Beckett "Black Label" due to a 9.5 centering grade is a bit of a head-scratcher, but this is still an absolute monster likely to set a new pricing record. The teenaged icon's autograph earns the same perfect ten rating assigned to Edges, Corners and Surface. Encapsulated by Beckett, Pristine 10 & Auto 10. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    August, 2020
    29th-30th Saturday-Sunday
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