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    2013-14 Panini National Treasures Gold Giannis Antetokounmpo #130 Rookie Patch Auto (1/25) BGS NM-MT 8 Auto 10. How the continents have shifted since this supreme rarity, and the supreme talent it celebrates, thundered into the public consciousness. The National Basketball Association operated under the unchallenged sovereignty of King James, and the trading card market saw only the usual vintage suspects drawing six and seven-figure auction results. Who could have possibly imagined how different the world would look in the 2020's?

    Certainly not the noble old Honus Wagner, nor the fresh-faced Mickey Mantle, who have seen Mike Trout relegate their iconic cardboard to lower rungs of the pricing ladder as his $4 million rookie insert knocked the pair from their dusty perches. The emerging supremacy of the modern trading card market is arguably the biggest hobby story since the advent of third-party grading, and we find ourselves in the earliest days of that trend, leaving us all to imagine what monumental advancements await the early investors in this sweeping new paradigm.

    By the same token, the only story more improbable than a high school kid stamping his name so indelibly upon a league comprised of literal giants is the emergence of a two-time (and counting) NBA MVP from the nation of Greece, a land whose athletic identity had been filed under the single word "Olympics" for more than two millennia. Now there's not a dairy farmer in Wisconsin, nor a tour guide at the Parthenon, who cannot spell the surname of "The Greek Freak." Whether or not Giannis Antetokounmpo will ultimately deliver the first NBA Championship to Milwaukee since the days of Alcindor and Robertson remains to be seen, but the talent and tireless work ethic of this child of Nigerian refugees assure that his challenging name will not soon be forgotten.

    Just twenty-five examples of this elegant insert card were inserted randomly into Panini hobby boxes, and this is the highly-desirable #1 example. An eye-catching beauty, with gold foil detailing framing a patch from Giannis' green jersey nameplate and a blue sharpie signature assigned a perfect 10 assessment. The card itself rates a stunning NM-MT 8. A glorious tribute to the NBA arrival of the two-time (and counting) league MVP, and an obvious target for those collectors with an eye toward investment potential.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo's National Treasures RPA has come to be recognized among the genre's most prized assets, as evidenced by a (#/99) version, of the elite Gold (#/25) example offered here, recently selling for more than $550,000 at auction.

    Subgrades: Centering 8, Corners 9, Edges 8.5, Surface 8.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2021
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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