Caitlin Clark’s Panini Instant 1/1 Autograph Smashes Record For Most Expensive WNBA Trading Card Ever

Caitlin Clark continues to shatter records in The Hobby. During a Dutch auction on Panini’s website Tuesday, Clark’s 2024 Panini Instant WNBA Blue Viper 1/1 Autograph rookie card sold for $24,921.60 — making it the most expensive WNBA trading card ever.


For those unfamiliar, a Dutch auction is when the auction starts with a high price and the price gradually lowers until someone bids, winning the auction. In Panini’s Dutch auction, Clark’s 1/1 autograph card started at $25,000.


Clark’s card commemorated her WNBA regular season debut with the Indiana Fever when she dropped 20 points in a loss to the Connecticut Sun.

This isn’t the only Panini rookie autograph of Clark’s to hit five figures. Last month, Clark’s 2024 Instant WNBA Draft Night Blue Viper 1/1 Autograph rookie card sold for $10,000 within seconds after being posted on Panini’s website.

According to cllct.com, the previous WNBA trading card record belonged to New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu, where her 2020 Panini Prizm WNBA Black Gold PSA 10 sold for $10,800 in February 2023.

Clark also holds the record for the most expensive women’s basketball card of all-time. Her 2022 Bowman University Superfractor 1/1 autograph sold for $78,000 during an auction through PWCC Marketplace in January.

Clark inked an exclusive deal with Panini prior to entering the WNBA. It’s the first exclusive partnership Panini has had with a female athlete that includes trading cards and autographed memorabilia. Sportico reports Clark will make more than $1 million in the first year of the deal. However, future payments will be based on the amount of product Panini creates.

Clark, the top scorer in NCAA Division I history, was the first overall pick by the Fever last month. Clark is still chasing her first win as a professional as the Fever are currently 0-4 heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Seattle Storm.

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