LeBron James became just the 20th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points for his career, and he’s done it faster than any other player — at age 31. Including ABA stats, just 25 players in history have reached that mark.
We all know James’ cards are among the priciest in the hobby but we should consider that he’ll potentially be in the Top 10 by season’s end. It makes one wonder if James under-appreciated when it comes to his value on cardboard.
The other question, given his age, is where might he finish his career? It’s also a compelling thought. While his Exquisite rarities are probably capped out — but maybe not — could there be bargains among his other early Upper Deck autographs if he finishes his career among the top five scorers in NBA history? Or, perhaps we already treat him like he’s there?
If you examine the list, he’s definitely tops for cards — he singlehandedly helped usher in the era of the super-premium pack and card — but when it comes to autographs he does have a couple of competitors.
Will he come out on top? Only time will tell.
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Here’s the Top 20 from basketball-reference.com …