In case you had any doubts about the Jeremy Lin phenomenon reaching new heights of "Linsanity," (sorry, but at least one pun is obligatory) there's new evidence it has yet to reach its peak.
Consider that Lin's rookie player card, featuring him as a member of the Golden State Warriors and autographed by the former Palo Alto High star, sold for 21,580 on eBay Thursday. The auction had 36 bids.
The seller, Yair Rozmaryn of New York, said purchased the card for 1,000 from a seller in Toronto. He made the buy after two starts by Lin for the Knicks.
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Rozmaryn is a dedicated card collector and Knicks season ticket holder. He's also a pretty good salesman. Here is part of his online pitch:
This is the HOLY GRAIL of Jeremy Lin basketball cards! This is Lin's Jersey 1725 and a 2-color patch for his best card in the world!!! Not to mentionthe card is graded BGS 9.5 GEM MINT!
There is NO BETTER Jeremy Lin card than this; a TRUE 11 Masterpiece!
We could someday be comparing this card to the Honus Wagner tobacco rookie and other great sports card collectors items.
The card contains a small strip of Lin's gold-and-blue Warrior jersey and is one of just 25 that were manufactured. The card is close to mint condition.
Lin's No. 17 New York Knicks jersey is the No. 1 seller in the NBA right now.