With the National Sports Collectors Convention beginning just outside Chicago on Wednesday, PWCC Marketplace announced that a Mahomes 2017 Panini National Treasures 1-of-1, NFL shield, autographed card has sold for $4.3 million, the most ever paid for a football card and the fourth-largest sum fetched by a sports card all time.
“People see Mahomes as the next Brady,” PWCC director of business development Jesse Craig said. “He’s 25, he already has a Super Bowl and an MVP award. So, the sky’s the limit for him … and his card values.”
“It’s the perfect storm,” Craig added. “It’s a 1-of-1, the NFL shield an on-card auto, a rookie. You have someone betting on Mahomes’ career [and] this is as good as it gets.”
With this series, the full NFL logo from a player’s game-used jersey is ensnared in a card, enhancing its uniqueness.
The buyer betting on Mahomes is LJ’s Card Shop of New Albany, Ohio, originally a digital store for single cards, boxes, cases and memorabilia which recently opened a brick-and-mortar shop.
“Our goal at LJ’s has always been to build the best modern-day card collection,” a store spokesperson said. “We’re continually hunting for cards that add to our collection in a meaningful way [and] the Mahomes is truly a piece of art. We’re honored.”
The Mahomes card will be on display at the NSCC before returning to the PWCC Vault for safekeeping.
“I believe it’s going in their long-term portfolio,” Craig said. “[It] probably won’t see the light of day for quite some time.”
The card carries an 8.5 grade from Beckett Grading Services, enhancing the value.
This sale outpaces the previous record of $3.1 million, set in a June Lelands auction, where a Brady 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph card sold. The card — which carried a 9 Beckett grade with a 10 signature — was numbered 8/100. It does not feature a memorabilia swatch.
“There weren’t 1-of-1s when Brady was a rookie in 2000,” Craig said. “And, look, there’s inherently more risk whenever you invest into a player who is still active and young. Mahomes could get injured tomorrow. He could also win another MVP and Super Bowl.
“What we realized about modern players, is that [fans] like to feel invested in them when they step on the field or court.”
PWCC Marketplace has now brokered three of the four top sports card sales of all-time, all since January: The $5.2 million sales of the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle; the 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection LeBron James RPA (rookie patch autograph); and the Mahomes.
D’Andre Swift won’t be limited in Detroit Lions’ season opener vs. San Francisco 49ers
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift, who had been slowed by a groin injury throughout the preseason, is expected to be ready to go with no limitations in Sunday’s season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
Lions coaches had expressed concerns during training camp Swift’s status, as the groin injury limited his participation in practice and preseason games. But the second-year running back was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
“I’m very bad at counting reps,” Lions running backs coach Duce Staley said. “If he’s out there being productive … I don’t know how to take him off.
“I get caught up in the game, he’s gonna get caught up in the game and every good player — every good running back that I know anyway — once he starts feeling it, you don’t want to pull him off. We can count the reps Monday.”
Swift is expected to be the lead back for Detroit this season, with Jamaal Williams set to thrive in a strong complementary role. As a rookie, Swift had 114 carries for 521 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, joining former Lions star Billy Sims (1980) as the only rookies in franchise history to score eight rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns.
Swift also had 46 catches for 357 receiving yards last season.
“When he is available, he’s a weapon,” Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said. “You can do a lot of things with that young man. So I’m looking forward to seeing him go Sunday.”
Baltimore Ravens fear RB Gus Edwards, CB Marcus Peters have torn ACLs, sources say
The Ravens believe Edwards and Peters tore their ACLs during Thursday’s practice, sources tell Schefter. Both players are undergoing testing to confirm the initial diagnosis.
This continues a horrid run of injuries for Baltimore and delivers a major blow to the Ravens’ Super Bowl aspirations.
Edwards becomes the third running back to suffer a season-ending injury in a span of 12 days. J.K. Dobbins tore his ACL in the preseason finale on Aug. 28, and Justice Hill hurt his Achilles on Sept. 9.
Ty’Son Williams, a practice player from a year ago who doesn’t have an NFL carry, becomes the Ravens’ lead back. The other two running backs on the roster — Trenton Cannon and Le’Veon Bell (practice squad) — only started practicing with the Ravens on Wednesday.
The loss of Peters would represent the most significant injury to the defense this year. The Ravens have depth at cornerback, but it will be difficult to replace Peters’ playmaking ability. His 31 interceptions lead the NFL since he entered the league in 2015.
The Ravens open the season at the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football.
New Orleans Saints complete trade with Houston Texans for CB Bradley Roby, sources say
The New Orleans Saints have finalized their trade for cornerback Bradley Roby, sending a 2022 third-round draft pick and a 2023 conditional pick to the Houston Texans, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
In order to facilitate a trade to the Saints, the Texans converted $7.6 million of Roby’s base salary into a signing bonus, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates. When Roby officially gets traded to New Orleans, his base salary for 2021 is now $1,862,645, which fits into the Saints’ salary-cap space.
Roby was a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2014. He spent the past two years in Houston and has started 49 career games with 10 interceptions.
The 29-year-old Roby is entering the second year of a three-year, $31.5 million extension that he signed with the Texans last year. He will miss the first game of the season, however, as part of a six-game suspension that began in 2020 for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Saints have identified cornerback as a “must-fill” position ever since they released former starter Janoris Jenkins in March as part of a massive salary-cap purge and then lost one potential starting contender, Patrick Robinson, to a surprise retirement early in training camp. They even attempted to trade up nearly 20 spots in the NFL draft to land top prospects Jaycee Horn or Pat Surtain II.
New Orleans signed veteran Desmond Trufant on Monday to compete with Ken Crawley and rookie Paulson Adebo for the No. 2 starting cornerback job across from Pro Bowler Marshon Lattimore. However, Roby now becomes the front-runner to lock down that job following his suspension.
ESPN’s Mike Triplett contributed to this report.
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