The rookie jersey of LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is up for auction; it is the first jersey to be sold.
On November 7, 2003, a jersey worn by LeBron James in his fifth NBA game for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Indiana Pacers could set a new record for the most money paid for a game-worn jersey.
The jersey, which was also worn during the Cavs’ matchup with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat five days later, is the earliest one used by James to hit the auction floor, according to TMZ Sports.
The current record is almost $630,000 for LeBron James’ jersey from the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.
“LeBron James memorabilia is currently some of the most sought-after memorabilia,” Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions, told TMZ. “After selling a LeBron James card for $900,000 earlier this year, we’re hopeful this jersey will break the record for the highest price paid for a basketball jersey, which is $630,300.”
According to TMZ, the auction will continue until May 16th.
While wearing the jersey, James had 23 points, five rebounds, two thefts, and a block in a 91-90 loss to the Pacers and 18 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two steals, and a block in an 88-83 loss to the Heat.
He went on to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 2003-04 and has since established himself as one of the game’s most accomplished players.