Giannis Antetokounmpo trading card sells for record $1.812 million

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As Giannis Antetokounmpo’s profile continues to soar, he now holds the record for the most expensive NBA trading card of all-time.

Having just completed a season in which he claimed both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors, carving out his own corner of the history books is nothing new to Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Still, Giannis made some history of a different kind in recent days without even taking to the court while on vacation back home in Greece.

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Specifically, an Antetokounmpo trading card sold for $1.812 million, setting a new record for the highest price ever fetched for an NBA card.

The card, a 2013-14 National Treasures Horizontal (RPA) #130 Giannis Antetokounmpo Signed NBA Logoman Patch Rookie Card (#1/1) – BGS MINT 9/BGS 10, which was sold by Goldin Auctions broke the previous record set at $1.8 million by a LeBron James rookie card back in July.

Speaking to Auction Report, Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin said:

"“The fact that we were able to achieve a new basketball card sale record for a player named something besides LeBron or Jordan shows the depth of the hobby and proves just how strong this economy and our auctions are right now.”"

Beyond highlighting the interest in NBA card collecting at present, the record sale also says a lot about Antetokounmpo’s ever-growing reputation.

At just 25 years old, Giannis’ résumé already consists of him being two-time MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, four-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA First Team, two-time All-NBA Second Team, two-time All-Defensive First Team, and two-time All-Defensive Second Team.

That’s a dizzying collection of awards and honors for Giannis to have racked up already, particularly considering he was a slow starter having come into the league as an incredibly raw prospect back in 2013.

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Of course, for Giannis and the Bucks, the biggest honor of all remains absent from his legacy to date. Still, with the prospect of countless more individual accolades and potentially multiple championships lying in Giannis’ future, his stock very much remains on the rise, and that has only been reflected in this record-breaking trading card sale.