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    2003 Topps Chrome LeBron James (Black Refractor) #111 PSA Gem Mint 10 - #'d 284/500. 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 treasured 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 Topps Chrome brand debuted in 1996 along with the debut of Kobe Bryant. 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.

    Graded PSA Gem Mint 10! Serial numbered 284/500. An investment-quality trading card for the forward-thinking hobbyist.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $200,000 - up.

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    4th Thursday 10:00 pm CT
    Auction Dates
    February
    4th Thursday
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    (Lots 50001-50457) - 10:00 PM Central Time, Thursday, February 4, 2021.
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