2003 Fleer Patchworks Lebron James Rookie Card #105
Serial Numbered out of 799
2003 Fleer Patchworks was a set that focused primarily on jersey memorabilia of past, present, and future NBA players. The base set had rookies numbered out of either 1500 or 799. Lebron James rookies are limited to only 799 copies however, the Star Ruby parallel is much more rare with only 50 copies printed. Star Ruby parallels can be determined by the red foil ink on the front and back of the card.
PSA has graded 24 of Fleer Patchworks, with 15 being in Gem-Mint 10 condition. So, it’s safe to say your odds are good if submitting one yourself. 7 of the 50 Star Ruby parallels have been graded and 4 were slabbed in a Gem-Mint 10 case.
2003 Fleer Showcase Lebron James Rookie Card #130
Serial Numbered out of 1000
This 130-card set was broken up into different player segments. Cards 1-90 are veterans while cards 91-100 are veteran short prints. Cards 101-130 consist of rookies with the individual cards being numbered to 1,000. These cards were issued five-per-pack, and 16 packs-per-box. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwayne Wade are the key rookie cards in the set.
Due to the ink chipping off the edges, these foil cards are know to grade poorly. The PSA population report will tell us just how tough they are.
PSA has graded 61 cards and only 12 were in Gem-Mint 10 condition. Therefore, a PSA Gem-Mint 10 copy of this card pretty rare. Consider purchasing cards that have already been graded by other third-party companies. If you look hard enough, you can find one for a bargain and submit to PSA yourself. You might land a 10 if you’re lucky.
2003 Topps Chrome Lebron James Rookie Card #111
No serial number
Topps Chrome rookie cards are a must-have for most collectors. Despite their increased availability, big bucks are still dished out for each one. The design mimics the regular Topps set with the exception of the Topps Chrome logo and the distinct Topps Chrome finish.
3,803 Lebron James Topps Chrome base rookie cards have been submitted to PSA for grading. A grand total of 1,765 were slabbed in a Gem-Mint 10 case. That’s just under a 50% success rate when aiming for a PSA 10 grade.
2003 Fleer E-X Lebron James Rookie Card #102
No serial number
You can hardly tell from the picture but the Fleer E-X cards are actually made of clear acetate. Another classic example of a rookie card that shines much better when holding it in your hand, opposed to viewing it online. Highly underrated and overlooked in my opinion.
The base rookies aren’t numbered but the three-card packs make them tough to pull. The Essential Credential Now parallels numbered to 102 is incredibly rare. The obvious difference is that the card is blue instead of gold.
122 of the Fleer E-X LeBron James rookie cards have been graded so far. As a result, is pretty impressive when compared to his other cards. 30 of those 122 were deemed to be in Gem-Mint 10 condition. They are currently selling, on average, for $1,049.
2003 Fleer Platinum Lebron James Rookie Card #183
Serial Numbered out of 750
Fleer Platinum took a vintage approach to their 2003 design. What comes to mind when viewing these cards is the 1987 Fleer set with the dual color rectangle boxes on top and bottom. They have a very fine semi-gloss finish on both the front and back. Which, is a major cause for flaking and whitening on the edges.
Base rookies vary with availability. Lebron James rookie cards are limited to only 750 copies. Serial numbers are located on the back bottom right corner, in silver foil ink. Furthermore, the Matte card stock allows them grade fairly easy.
With the dark blue edges on the top front and on the back-side, landing a PSA 10 grade on this card could be darn near impossible. Currently, only 2 PSA Gem-Mint 10 exists. Of the 30 cards submitted, the most populated grade was an NM-MT 8 with 17. Comparitively, only 6 copies of Mint 9’s are in population.
2003 Bowman Signature Lebron James Rookie Card #56
Serial Numbered out of 1250
Bowman Signature came in hobby boxes only. The set consists of 55 veterans and 5 rookies (sequentially numbered /1250). There were 6 packs in a box with 6 cards per pack. Each pack had either 1 Uncirculated card, 1 Rookie Autograph or 1 Rookie Autographed relic card. Parallel cards to the base are Silver (sequentially numbered to 249), Gold (sequentially numbered to 99) and a ONE-OF-ONE.
The reason these cards, in Gem-Mint 10 condition, sell for so high is because they are very condition sensitive. The highest population for the base Lebron James is PSA 7 at 14 total cards. Just 8 copies reside in a PSA Gem-Mint 10 case. Making them more rare and valuable.
2003 Flair Lebron James Rookie Card #94
Serial Numbered out of 500
2003 Flair offers clean chromium type finished cards with a colored foil outline that accents the borders. The serial numbered stamp on the back matches the ink color on the front. Base rookies have a light blue foil outline and the Gold parallel (Row 1) has a gold foil outline and stamp.
With the white borders on the top left and bottom right, centering can be a bit tricky. Furthermore, smooth surfaces are an issue with minor scratches or imperfections. So far, 30 of the base Lebron James rookies have been submitted. Only 20% (6) were declared to be in Gem-Mint 10 condition. Odds are that you’ll land a Mint 9 or less if you submit a copy yourself. But, it’s definitely worth the $20.
2003 Fleer Authentix Lebron James Rookie Card #104
Serial Numbered out of 1250
Fleer Authentix cards are meant to resemble an actual NBA game ticket stub. They even come with a UPC scanning code at the top. Lebron’s card is showing the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Denver Nuggets at 8:00 PM on Wed. Nov. 5, 2003. These weren’t actual ticket stubs otherwise you would have a lot of fans fighting over the same section 104, row 1 seat 1. Some great parallels to look out for are listed below.
Rookie Authentix – numbered to 1250
Booster Tickets – Lower Level – numbered to 200
Booster Tickets – Upper Level – numbered to 40
Booster Tickets – Luxery Box – numbered to 10
Balcony – numbered to 250
Club Box – numbered to 100
Standing Room Only – numbered to 25
Surprisingly, only 14 of the base Lebron James Fleer Authentix rookie cards have been submitted so far. Of those 14 only 4 were deemed to be in gem mint condition. Making a PSA 10 of this card very rare and valuable.
2002 Finest Lebron James Rookie Card Refractor #178
Serial Numbered out of 250
Although this rookie card is a refractor and limited to only 250 copies, it is not excelling in the excitement department. The 2002 Topps Finest refractor has the least exciting image of LeBron on it. He’s in a white suit holding up the number 1 sign with his left hand. Regardless of the business suit, this rookie card still sells for a lot of dough. Un-graded copies are nearly impossible to find. Most copies have already been graded or are stashed away in a vault.
51 have been PSA graded and only 20 copies are available in Gem-Mint 10 cases. The lowest graded card received a grade of PSA 2 GOOD. There’s no telling how a modern day card received such a low grade. Maybe the card has spent the majority of its life in a kitchen drawer?
Randomly inserted into packs, the SP Signature Lebron James rookie auto is highly sought after. The overall layout and design of the card is fairly classy with its limited colors. Silver foil outlining the upper text of the card also adds a elegant touch to this more premium card brand.
Like many of the Lebron rookies, this one has reprints floating around. Use caution if see one up for auction. Check seller feedback before bidding. If it seems too good to be true, then it’s more than likely a reprint.
A large number of these have been submitted to PSA so far, 88 to be exact. 58 samples were in Gem-mint 10 condition and populate the hobby today. The average selling price for one is around $3,420.
2003 Ultimate Collection LeBron James Ultimate Signature
PSA GEM-MT 10
You will find many examples of these card on eBay listed at $9,999+ with a high number of watchers. The highest recorded auction for a PSA Gem-Mint 10 was in 2017. The final bid ended at $4,938. Since then the selling prices have bounced around between $2,000 -$3,000. One would think that with the elegant and slick design they would sell for more, right? Especially when the pop report says there are only 18 in existence.
With the white borders and smoother cardstock of Ultimate Collection, one would guess the majority graded out at a 10, right? In this case, they did not. 45 cards were submitted and only 40% were in Gem Mint condition. If the population for the 10’s stay this low, expect the prices to go up.
2003 Bowman Chrome Lebron James Rookie Card Refractor #123
PSA GEM-MT 10
Bowman Chrome rookie refractors are a must-have for many collectors, regardless of the player or sport. Topps made Bowman Chrome for baseball and football in previous years but introduced it to basketball in 2003. Which adds to the already sky-high list of reasons to add this card to your collection. Although it’s labeled “Bowman Rookies & Stars” we all know it and acknowledge it as Bowman Chrome.
Bowman Chrome refractors were limited to only 300 copies. How many has PSA seen? Only 50. Of those 50 only 17 were in near perfect shape and made it in a PSA Gem-Mint 10 case. With a current population of only 17, it’s no wonder they sell for over $3,800.
2003 Topps Chrome Lebron James Rookie Card Refractor #111
PSA GEM-MT 10
What rookie card collection is complete without a Topps Chrome refractor? Unless you’ve got some deep pockets you may have to settle for a low grade copy or even a reprint. PSA 10 copies are currently averaging around $6,330.
Topps Chrome Parallels
A huge part of the drawing power of Topps Chrome is the different tiers of Refractors. Starting with the base Refractors, which drop several per box. Black Refractors, numbered to 500, and X-Fractors, numbered to 200, are also available. X-Fractors, featuring the most distinct design, are uncirculated cards that fall one per hobby box as a topper and come in a sealed magnetic case.
Finally, Gold Refractors offer one of the most popular and valuable parallel cards. Gold Refractor veteran base cards are numbered to 99 copies and rookies are nearly half that with a print run of 50.
2003 Bowman R&S Lebron James Rookie Card Xfractor #123
Serial Numbered out of 150
The Bowman Chrome X-Fractor landed the number 6 spot and for very good reason. Being limited to only 150 copies coupled with the chromium xfractor design, makes this not only rare but a very attractive rookie card. Only the most loyal and determined Lebron James rookie card collectors will have a copy if this rookie in their collection. They are currently selling at about $6,600, on average, in Gem-Mint 10 condition. Raw copies are nearly impossible to find.
90% of his X-fractors have been submitted for grading to both PSA and Beckett so far. PSA has seen only 34 copies and with Beckett grading the most at 101 total in their population report.
Why someone would submit this card to Beckett for grading is beyond me. It looks so much better in a PSA case. Additionally, the value for a BGS 9.5 is about $2,000 less than a PSA Gem Mint 10.
2003 SPX LeBron James Rookie Card Auto Jersey #153
PSA GEM-MT 10
With 750 copies made, one would think that there is enough of these auto jerseys to go around. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Basketball card enthusiasts have been competing to acquire these cards since their debut in 2003. With Lebron’s continued success in the NBA, the value has only been climbing. Un-graded copies do hit eBay but end well over $2,000.
I have yet to see a jersey patch with more than one color. If there is one, it will surely fetch the record sale for this
128 have been submitted to PSA and 55 graded out at Gem-Mint 10. You’re looking at a 43% chance of landing a Gem-Mint 10 grade if submitting one yourself. Regardless of what grade you get, you’ve still got a small fortune.
2003 Finest Lebron James Rookie Refractor #133
Serial Numbered out of 250
The 2003 Topps Finest LeBron James rookie refractor is a must-have for most collectors. Un-graded copies sell for over $2,000 at auction consistently. With the unique and vibrant background printed with the refractor technology, the design alone is enough to attract collectors.
Furthermore, the limited print run of only 250 copies makes owning this card even more pricey. Want it in near perfect Gem-Mint 10 condition? Prepare to dish out roughly $8,400+.
Surprisingly, of the 250 printed copies in existence, only 43 have been submitted to PSA for grading. 8 of the 43 were deemed to be in Gem-Mint 10 condition. With such a low population of 10’s, it’s safe to say the value of these will only be going up as LeBron’s career pans out.
2003 SP Authentic Lebron James Rookie Card #148
Serial Numbered out of 500
You will find that SP Authentic makes in into the top 5 list of most rookie card across all sports. The 2003 Sp Authentic LeBron James rookie card is one of his most coveted rookie cards. The on card auto and limited print run of only 500 make the cards appeal shine even brighter.
Additionally, SP Authentic cards are know for their sleek and elegant designs highlighting cut-out silhouettes of the players. This gives them that premium look high-end rookie cards should have. Making them even more attractive and collectible.
Of the 500 printed copies, a mere 145 have been submitted to PSA for grading. There are currently 58 PSA Gem-Mint 10’s in existence, which is a definite contributing factor to their value.
On 10/5/2018 a PSA Gem-Mint 10 sold for $17,872.75.
2003 UD Exquisite Collection Lebron James Patch Auto /100
Serial Numbered out of 100
Every pack of the 2003 UD Exquisite came with an additional autographed patch card numbered to 100 or less. While low print runs can go a long way, it’s the stellar checklists that help make the set so special.
These include some truly amazing pieces from many of basketball’s all-time legends. Upper Deck’s exclusive autograph deal with Michael Jordan certainly adds to the appeal. At the time, they also had exclusive deals with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
12 of the Lebron James Autograph Patches have been submitted to PSA for grading. There are currently 4 Gem-Mint 10’s in rotation and 7 Mint 9’s. A EX-MT 6 copy is also floating around.
2003 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Lebron James GOLD #78
Serial Numbered out of 25
No auto, and no jersey but extremely rare with only 25 copies in existence. The Gold parallel is extremely elusive and difficult to find. If a copy does happen to appear on eBay expect to have some stiff competition if put up for auction. Two auctions are recorded for a PSA graded copy of this rookie card, both were held by PWCC-auctions on eBay.
On 2/15/2018 a NM-MT 8 copy sold for a staggering $25,100. Not more than 2 months later, PWCC sold the same exact card at auction. The ending bid? Only $11,400. So the overall value is still in question. If this were serial numbered 23/25, LeBron’s jersey #, those prices would have surely been higher.
Out of the 25 copies in existence, only three have been graded by PSA so far. Of those three 1 made it out in a Gem-Mint 10 case. Can you image what that bad boy will sell for if it ever goes up for auction?