He may not be as popular at home as he was a week ago, but if you think Lebron James‘ number 23 isn’t worth much anymore, think again. In a sense, it is one of the “hottest” jerseys in the NBA: even an autographed Lebron James Cavaliers jersey found its way to a public burning last week, being set on fire in front of several people.
Now Lebron James could make an Akron, OH woman a lot of money. Vaneisha Robinson bought this little number 23 at a yard sale:
“It was in a box full of junk and she sold it to me for $5. That was how I came across it: I went through all the stuffed animals and it was sitting at the bottom of the box.”
That was four years ago, until recently Vaneisha started wondering if one woman’s trash could be her treasure.
“I started really looking at it, and looking at the way it was built, and I’m thinking this could be real”, said Robinson.
So Vaneisha took the King pendant to a local jewelry store. They tested the diamonds and told her that they were real. She went a step further, saving up $200 to have it certified by the International Gemological Institute. They estimated Vaneisha’s pendant’s value at almost $10,000. It features 307 diamonds totaling 2.15 carats on a 14-k gold overlay.
“I used to go to high school with it around my neck, not know the value of it. I used to just think it was cool ’cause it spins” .
An amateur boxer, Vaneisha has put the pendant for sale up on Ebay. She plans to use the money to open her own gym.
“LeBron James brand will never die out,” she said.
“If he got a ring it might go up in value. You never know.”