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    2003 Bowman Rookies & Stars LeBron James (Chrome X-Fractor) #123 PSA Gem Mint 10 - #'d 75/150. Although 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. 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.

    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. This elite specimen will 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 2003 series featured the debut of LeBron James, and nary a collector active during that period doesn't harbor regret at failing to purchase every available box when he/she had the chance.

    This limited edition (75/150) variant ups the ante with a technology coined as "X-Fractor," a printing process that turns the gleaming chrome borders into a prismatic checkerboard pattern that dances with rainbow patterns upon impact with light. It's one of the more eye-catching parallel cards in the hobby's endless rush of innovation, presented here with the top superstar of the sport and the top assessment of PSA. Its position at the center of the limited edition of 150 is just the icing on the cake.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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