Luka Magic: Rare Doncic Rookie Card Sold for $4.6M

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  • A rare Luka Doncic rookie trading card sold for $4.6M over the weekend.
  • It’s the second-most expensive sports trading card ever, with only Mickey Mantle’s 1952 card costing more at $5.2M.
  • Doncic is 4th in the latest MVP odds board at +800.

22-year old Luka Doncic has been setting NBA record here and there. But aside from his on-court greatness. But the Luka Magic has now extended beyond the basketball court.

According to a report by the Dallas Morning News, a Doncic rookie card sold for $4.6M over the weekend, setting a new record for the most expensive basketball card ever and the second most expensive sports trading card of all-time.

Second Most Expensive Sports Trading Card Ever

The card is the second most expensive trading card of all-time, behind only the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card which sold for $5.2M through the PWCC Marketplace last November. Doncic’s rookie card surpassed Mike Trout’s 2009 Bowman autographed rookie card which fetched $3.9M in August and was the most expensive sports trading card before the Mantle card was sold later during the year.

Doncic’s 1:1 Logoman autographed rookie card from the 2018-19 Panini National Treasures set is the most expensive basketball trading card ever, easily shattering the former record of $1.812M paid for an autographed 2013-14 Logoman Patch Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card set last August. A LeBron James 2003-04 Upper Deck Rookie patch parallel autographed card also sold for $1.8M at an auction at Goldin Auctions last July.

Earlier this month, a rare signed Upper Deck Game Jersey Michael Jordan card was sold for $1.4M. The card was one of 23 ever produced and is number 8 out of 23. The card had a clear signature and and a piece of the jersey MJ wore during the 1992 NBA All-Star game. PSA graded the card “Near Mint 7” and the signature “Neat Mint 8”.

Biggest No-Brainer Decision

Before the start of the current season, the Mavs made the biggest no-brainer decision in sports history by exercising the fourth year option of Doncic’s contract, guaranteeing his $10.17M salary for the 2021-22 NBA season. This campaign, Doncic is making a mere $8.04M, and if you compare that to the 1:1 Logoman rookie card, it’s ridiculous. Imagine a collector paying 57.2% of Doncic’s 2020-21 NBA season salary to get his hands on his rookie card.

Doncic’s current salary is ranked 138th in the entire league. Even in his own team, Doncic is only the 7th highest paid player on the roster. Kristaps Porzingis is the highest-paid Dallas player followed by Tim Hardaway Jr. James Johnson, Josh Richardson, Dwight Powell, Maxi Klieber and then Doncic. That’s absurd but that’s also the reality of NBA rookie contracts. Worry not though as Doncic is expected to be offered the sun and moon by Dallas when his time is up because there’s no doubt he’s special.

PIcked 3rd overall in the NBA Draft and traded on Draft Day, Doncic has emerged as one of the best players in the NBA. After winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2019, he has earned All-Star honors in the next two seasons. Last season, he finished 4th in the MVP voting, becoming the second-youngest player to finish in the Top 5 of the NBA’s MVP race. This campaign, the BetOnline App has Doncic with the fourth best odds to win MVP honors at +800.

Luka Leads The Way

Doncic led the way on Sunday as the Mavericks ended the Brooklyn Nets’ 8-game winning streak. Next to the Utah Jazz, the Brooklyn Nets were the hottest team in the league as of late but Doncic made sure that the count didn’t go up. The Slovenian wonder kid scored 27 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and issued seven assists as Dallas toppled Brooklyn 115-98.

With the win, the Mavs are now 16-16 on the season and they are in second place in the Southwest Division, 2.5 games behind San Antonio’s pace. They are still one spot away from a Top 8 position in the Western Conference but have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games to return to the .500 mark.

The Mavs are favored to win the Southwest Division at -135 at online sportsbook Dallas also has the 6th best odds to win the Western Conference at +2500 at the same sportsbook. With Luka Doncic setting records on and off the court, don’t be surprised if the Mavericks surprise the elite teams during the playoffs.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.