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Ron’s Panini card sold for £60k

An ultra-rare Cristiano Ronaldo Panini card of the forward making his debut for Sporting Lisbon has sold for a staggering £60,000 at an American auction, according to reports, writes JUSTIN LAWRENCE.

The card, which has been kept in mint condition since its inception in the 2002-03 season, depicts a fresh-faced young Ronaldo armed with a stern expression ahead of his debut for the Portuguese giants.

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Panini – the Italian card collectable company – initially produced a vast number of the cards marking Ronaldo’s first professional run-out but these days only around 200 are said to still remain, according to the Daily Mail.

And of those 200, only 20 are in impeccable condition, the Mail reported.

The scarcity of the cards is what is thought to have driven the value up to the mindblowing figure.

Sunsport revealed just last year that the same card was worth just £4,000.

But collectors at Goldin auctioneers of New Jersey, US, weren’t bothered about the staggering price hike – and one lucky punter left with Ronaldo’s card in tow after a bidding frenzy on Sunday night.

Another reason why the American bidders were so eager to get their hands on the coveted card – is that it was initially exclusively produced for the Portuguese market.

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