A 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection RPA (Rookie Patch Autograph) parallel LeBron James card sold to a private collector for $5.2 million, becoming the most expensive basketball card in history.

The price broke the previous record of $4.6 million for a 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic Logoman RPA.

The $5.2 million price also tied the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card for the most expensive card in history. 

Jesse Craig, PWCC's director of business development, said that there are more expensive James cards out there should collectors decide to sell. 

"There are LeBron cards [still] out there, I would say, worth over $10 million. And let's be clear: There are three Mantle PSA 10s that, whenever they transact, will break every record there is. But as a market, there are so many desirable cards that haven't sold yet publicly."