Victor Wembanyama’s NBA Debut Jersey Sold For Record-Breaking Amount At Auction
Rookie of the Year frontrunner, future Most Valuable Player, future Defensive Player of the Year—these are just some of the early impressions of Victor Wembanyama.
Even though all that glitters isn’t gold yet, Wembanyama has somewhat validated the hype and is putting everyone on notice. So far this season, he has been able to average 18.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.
What sets the 19-year-old rookie apart is his versatility for someone who stands at 7-foot-4. He is more than just tall. He can handle the ball well, shoot from deep, move like a guard, and cover a lot of ground with ease. This rare combination of skills and frame is why he’s viewed as a generational talent and a future all-time great.
This is also why people are already willing to pay an insane amount of money for Victor Wembanyama memorabilia.
The jersey Wemby had worn in his first NBA game was sold at an auction held by Sotheby’s for $762,000.
Even Sotheby’s was caught by surprise by the incredible amount, as initial expectations of the jersey sale were somewhere between $80,000 and $120,000. So expectations weren’t only absolutely shattered, but the jersey also became the most paid for any NBA rookie debut jersey in history.
Sotheby’s auctioned off Victor Wembanyama’s game-worn jersey from his NBA debut.
It was expected to sell for between $80k – $120k.
Bidding just closed and it sold for a record-breaking $762,000.
That’s the highest amount ever paid for rookie jersey pic.twitter.com/CnAYC7Xtl2
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) November 21, 2023