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A signed LeBron James rookie card has sold for an absolutely insane amount

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If there was any dispute surrounding who the most famous basketball player in the word is, a LeBron James rookie card just put the debate to bed.

An unknown bidder paid a crazy sum of $312,000 for a 2003-04 card that was signed by James and contained the NBA logo taken off James' Cavaliers jersey from a rookie year photo shoot.

The James card smashes the record for the highest price paid for a single signed card, easily beating a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth autographed baseball card, which sold for $50,787.

It's the third-highest price paid for a basketball card in history, surpassed only by a 1969 Lew Alcindor Topps rookie, which sold for $501,900, and a 1948 George Mikan rookie, which sold for $403,664, according to ESPN.

The highest price previously paid for any James item was the $95,000 venture capitalist Bill Lee paid for a 2003-04 card of James' from Upper Deck's Exquisite Collection..

An unanmed seller only purchased the card after King James led Cleveland to their first ever NBA title back in June, but Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin advised the seller to move the card on quickly as he knew its true worth.

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However, even Goldin was stunned by the eventual fee and he thinks it is a tribute to James.

"This shows the worldwide appeal of basketball, of basketball cards, and of LeBron James," Goldin said. "My office is going to be buried in emails and phone calls for the next two weeks with people wanting me to sell their LeBron card."

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