A Quebec teen and his father have hit the jackpot after selling a rare Lewis Hamilton F1 card for $900,000 USD, equivalent to over $1.2 million CAD.
The card, a one-of-a-kind 2020 Topps Chrome F1 Superfractor 1/1 Lewis Hamilton card, was pulled out of a $50 pack by 16-year-old Jean-Nicolas Gagnon. The card is also autographed by the F1 racer, who holds the record for most career wins and is the only Black driver to ever compete in F1.
King of Collectibles: The Goldin Touch, a Netflix series following collectible expert Ken Goldin and his team as they search for rare items, featured Jean-Nicolas and his father in its fifth and sixth episodes. Consignment director Carlo Civitella met with the family to negotiate a deal, informing them that a private buyer was interested in purchasing the card for $750,000 USD.
In a cliffhanger ending to episode five, collector Armando Gutierrez entered the show and made an undisclosed offer to the father and son. In episode six, they ultimately decided to accept the offer, which was higher than the original sum. Civitella later revealed that the sale was an all-time record for any F1 card, listed on Goldin’s auction site for $900,000 USD.
“I never thought a little piece of cardboard could be worth that much,” said Jean-Nicolas’ father, who was stunned by the sale’s value. The episode also highlights how the sale could change their lives and Civitella’s excitement for the deal.
Overall, the rare F1 card sale showcases how collectibles can be a lucrative industry, with unique items fetching top-dollar prices.