Steph Curry is used to setting records, but this one is surely surprising -- even for Steph standards.
A rare rookie trading card of the Warriors' guard resulted in a $616,230 sale (including buyers premium) at an online auction event through Goldin Auctions this week. The result? The card is now the most expensive piece of Steph Curry memorabilia ever sold.
One would think that a game-worn jersey or a signed pair of of the star's branded shoes might take the honor, but in actuality, the condition of the card is what makes it so pristine. Listed as a 2009/10 Panini National Treasures "Century Gold" Stephen Curry signed patch rookie card, the card is one of only 25 editions ever made. According to Goldin Auctions, the card in particular holds a 9.5 grade out of 10 by BGS.
What makes the card especially rare is a part of Curry's jersey number that is visible on the patch, giving memorabilia-enthusiasts even more reason to bask in it's authenticity.
It's unclear if the selling price of Curry's card can be attributed to the rise in collector's items, or just regular old Steph-mania. Either way, Warriors fans are certainly eager for the face of the franchise to return to the court after the six-time All-Star missed all but five games in the 2019-2020 season while recovering from a broken left hand.
The two-time MVP finished with 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting in 21 minutes in the Warriors' first preseason game against Denver on Saturday. Curry dished out three assists and secured two steals and a board.
Golden State will face off against the Kings on Tuesday and Thursday nights for their final two preseason games before taking on the Brooklyn Nets on Opening Night on Dec. 22, where Curry will play in his first regular-season game in nine months.
Although we don't know who the lucky buyer of the card is, it's probably safe to say he or she will be definitely watching that game.