• Loading stock data...
Friday, February 23, 2024
Register Now for Future of Sports: Cybersecurity

Wembanyama Spurs Debut Jersey Fetches Record Auction Price

  • The game-worn white San Antonio Spurs jersey from Victor Wembanyama’s NBA debut sold for $762,000 at auction — the most ever paid for a rookie jersey.
  • Sotheby’s — which sold the jersey — recently became the official source of game-worn memorabilia for the NBA.
San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama dribbles up the court in the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the Frost Bank Center.
Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

As one of the most-hyped rookies in NBA history, memorabilia from Victor Wembanyama’s first year in the league will surely be valued in the collectibles market — but his first item’s debut exceeded even the loftiest of expectations.

The game-worn white San Antonio Spurs jersey from Wembanyama’s NBA debut sold for $762,000 at a Sotheby’s auction — the most ever paid for a rookie jersey, per NBA journalist Tommy Beer.  Sotheby’s item listing had anticipated it selling for $80,000 to $120,000. 

Wembanyama’s auction was part of the NBA Tip-Off exhibition that ran from Nov. 14 through Nov. 21 as part of Sotheby’s recently becoming the official source of game-worn memorabilia for the NBA. Other items in the collection included game-worn jerseys from a who’s who of NBA superstars, including Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

As part of the partnership, Sotheby’s will host auctions throughout the 2023-24 season relating to marquee events, including the Paris Game, All-Star Game, and NBA Finals.

The auction house got off to a strong start with Wembanyama’s auction — which is hardly a surprise when seeing how much of an impact the French phenom has already had on the league. 

Wembanyama’s debut against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 25 drew nearly three million viewers on ESPN — the second-most ever for an NBA opening week game on the channel.

The Spurs have benefited to the tune of 4,000 new season-ticket deposits and the most season-ticket accounts in franchise history.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Pundits Bashed a 397-Point NBA All-Star Game—But Fans Still Watched

Silver struggles to conceal his frustration with the game’s lack of competitiveness.

Sabrina-Steph Wasn’t the ‘Battle of the Sexes’—But It Was Part of the Bigger War

The competition could play a factor in increasing the WNBA’s media value.
NBA A.I. All Star Game Lakers Celtics

A Lakers-Celtics Battle Can Turn Into a ‘Hoosiers’ Film

The NBA unveils new A.I. that brings movie themes into games.

Wilson Introduced an Airless Basketball for $2,500. We Had Questions

The black, 3D-printed ball appeared in last year’s Slam Dunk Contest.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

The Company That’s Selling Inspiration

0:00
0:00

Featured Today

NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23), in a Star Wars rebel alliance X-wing fighter pilot-inspired race suit, motions to the crowd to get louder during the driver introductions for the Cup Series Championship race at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale on Nov. 5, 2023.

Celebrity Owners, International Ambitions, and $7B Media Deals: Welcome to the New NASCAR

NASCAR boldly keeps pace with the increasingly competitive sports and entertainment world.
Emily Henegar, a baker and content creator, made a batch of NFL-inspired cookies featuring Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce.
February 11, 2024

The ‘Life-Changing’ Economy of Taylor Swift’s NFL Outfits

Appearing in Swift’s game-day wardrobe has been “life-changing” for small businesses.
February 11, 2024

Tom Brady’s Post-Retirement Embrace of Las Vegas

With business all over town, one partner says, ’He’s going to be a great addition to the city.’
Super Bowl
February 11, 2024

Does the Vegas Super Bowl Make Economic Sense? Depends Where You Get Your Figures

The game’s impact on an already bustling town is a thorny subject.

Careers

Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Finance Manager
FanDuel
New York, NY
Senior Technical Artist - Sports Technology
EA Sports
Orlando, FL
Assistant Manager, Affiliate Operations
Adidas
Portland, OR

2023 In Review: U.S. Sports Betting Goes Full Tilt

The arrival of ESPN Bet and Fanatics Sportsbook highlights a year of transformation for the business.
November 14, 2023

Roger Federer-Backed On Is Growing While Others Stumble

Federer backs Swiss athletic shoe and apparel maker On.
Fanatics is buying auction marketplace PWCC.
December 14, 2023

Trading Card Wars Unfold As Panini and Fanatics Clash in Legal Battles

Fanatics and Panini are embroiled in a lawsuit.
Sponsored

Live Sports Are Now High-Tech Experiences

Oracle is leading the technology revolution happening in stadiums across the world.
Under Armour
November 9, 2023

Under Armour Is Latest Sportswear Giant To See Revenue Drop

North American sales were weak in the most recent quarter.
Adidas Yeezy shoes on a shelf.
November 8, 2023

Yeezy Sales Generate $374M In Weak Quarter For Adidas

Adidas reported a decline in operating profits during its most recent quater.
Puma headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany
October 24, 2023

Puma Thriving In Europe Despite Weak U.S. Market

German brand continues to report solid earnings despite headwinds
Taylor Swift reacts while sitting next to Donna Kelce watching the Kansas City Chiefs vs Chicago Bears game during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
September 28, 2023

Taylor Swift Is Affecting The NFL, Chiefs Ticket Markets

Swift will visit her second NFL stadium in as many weeks.