Giannis Antetokounmpo has made NBA history despite the fact that he and his Milwaukee Bucks teammates were ejected from “the bubble” unceremoniously by losing 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Miami Heat. After being named the NBA MVP for the regular season, Giannis’ disappointing playoff performance has lead to some slander from NBA Twitter and even some questions about the process from second-place runner-up LeBron James.
But none of that matters in regards to what this story is all about. Money. According to TMZ, Davis’ rookie card just sold for the historic price of $1.8 million. The highest that any NBA card has ever been valued.
The card, sold by Goldin Auctions, featuring The Greek Freak’s autograph in addition to an authentic piece of his game-worn jersey from his rookie season. The NBA logo to be exact. The lucky someone who ended up purchasing the expensive collectors item beat out 31 other bidders for the grand prize. The card was created by Panini America’s 2013-14 “National Treasures” product line and it was obviously a worthy endeavor. Goldin actually predicted at the time that it would become the most expensive card in basketball history and that prediction came to bear this weekend.
The description of the card even sounds fancy and prestigious too:
“Encapsulated and graded MINT 9 by BGS, with signature graded ‘10’ by Beckett. This collectible’s glorious obverse design is centered around a stunning and full-color, game-action image of the ‘Greek Wonder.’ A coveted cloth ‘Logoman’ NBA-symbol patch, taken from an event-worn Antetokounmpo jersey, dominates. To the right is the athlete’s full and rich, blue ink signature. Finally, gracing the area beneath the star’s image is the ‘One of One.'”
‘One of One’ is right! If you’re curious about where this card lands in the pantheon of expensive sports memorabilia across the board, Giannis still comes up as short as he did in this year’s playoffs. A Mike Trout rookie card sold for $3.93 million earlier this year.