Sabrina Ionescu continues to fly high, even in the WNBA offseason.
A special edition of the New York Liberty guard’s rookie card sold for a record price Sunday night. The 2020 Panini Prizm WNBA Black Gold card went for $10,800 at auction, making it the most expensive WNBA card ever, per sales broker PWCC.
No WNBA card has sold for a five-figure price at auction, PWCC representatives told TMZ Sports. Just five copies of the Ionescu were made, which helped drive demand for the card.
This Sabrina Ionescu rookie card became the most expensive WNBA card EVER after selling at auction for $10,800. 💰(via @PWCCmarketplace) pic.twitter.com/3wQf0KysQd— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) February 21, 2023
This Sabrina Ionescu rookie card became the most expensive WNBA card EVER after selling at auction for $10,800. 💰(via @PWCCmarketplace) pic.twitter.com/3wQf0KysQd
The Liberty’s splashy offseason also likely boosted the value. The New York franchise signed top free agents Breanna Stewart and Courtney Vandersloot and traded for 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones.
These established players join rising star Ionescu, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft. While she missed almost all of her rookie season with an ankle injury, she has averaged 15.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists across her first three seasons in the league, and she was named an All-Star in 2022.
“The table is set for one of the most exciting WNBA seasons to date and Ionescu is right at the forefront,” PWCC executive Jesse Craig told TMZ Sports. “Collectors are anticipating that energy and excitement and looking to buy premier Ionescu cards. We’re entering an interesting phase here where supply for these high-end cards won’t be able to match the demand.”