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Collector strikes it rich with trading card

Originally Published: June 15, 2004
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Rick Mirigian strolled into a local card store last week, as he tends to do every week, to buy some trading cards. After mulling his choice, he decided on three packs, reached into his wallet and handed over $1,500 in cash.

Gone are the days where the most prized card in the industry is available to any kid who saves his allowance. Today's golden ticket -- in Upper Deck's 2003-04 Exquisite Collection Basketball series -- costs $500 a pack, felt-lined wooden box included.

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