Victor Wembanyama Game-Worn Rookie Birthday Jersey Scores $120,000 At Sotheby’s ‘NBA Auctions’

Victor Wembanyama continues to be a hot commodity in the collecting community. A game-worn rookie jersey the San Antonio Spurs center played in on his birthday this past January against the Milwaukee Bucks fetched $120,000 in Sotheby’s “NBA Auctions: Primetime Performers” auction.

Victor Wembanyama rookie birthday jersey
Victor Wembanyama rookie birthday jersey. (credit: Sotheby’s)

Wembanyama, the unanimous 2023-24 NBA Rookie of the Year, wore the “Icon Edition” jersey in the first-half of the Jan. 4 game against the Bucks. Even though the Spurs lost 125-121, Wemby finished with 27 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in his first matchup against Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“Only since LeBron James has there been this type of hype and anticipation regarding an incoming rookie,” Sotheby’s wrote in the description lot. “Sports Illustrated’s March 2023 cover proclaimed, ‘Why a Parisian Prodigy Is the Best NBA Prospect in a Generation.’ In a short amount of time, the hype appears to be warranted, with Wemby performing incredible dunks, passes, and blocked shots during his first season in the NBA.”

This isn’t the only six-figure Wembanayma jersey that Sotheby’s has sold at auction. The Spurs jersey he wore in his NBA debut game against the Dallas Mavericks went for $762,000 last year, setting the record for most expensive NBA debut jersey.

Even a rare Wembanyama rookie card has topped half-a-million dollars. Wemby’s 2023 Panini Prizm Black Shimmer First Off The Line 1/1, graded PSA 9, sold for $516,000 in a PWCC Marketplace Premier auction in April.

The Spurs selected the French phenom first-overall in last year’s NBA Draft.

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