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King James bringing the Heat by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the biggest story lines coming into this NBA season was Lebron James in Miami after spending seven years with the team that drafted him.

In five games while wearing No. 6, James is averaging 20.4 points, 7.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds a game.

With a new team, collectors might have concerns on where they could get memorabilia that doesn’t say Cleveland Cavaliers, James’ former team.

Upper Deck Authenticated quickly took care of that.

They quickly worked on getting James to sign hundreds of items with the Miami Heat logo including jerseys, basketballs and posters.

“When I was a kid, when I would get something authenticated, I would love that,” said James, who collected autographs from players such as Michael Jordan, Penny Hardaway and Deion Sanders. “It felt like it was a jersey right off their back or shoe off their foot. It’s very important.”

James has worked closely with Upper Deck Authenticated over the years. He has signed hundreds of items for them and included some of warm-up gear while he played for Cleveland. While UD still has those pieces, four new items in the store are Heat related, including a Miami Heat logo signed Spalding basketball ($899) and a Lebron James autographed “Witness Miami” photo ($749).

These aren’t the only type of pieces James has signed though. He says one of the oddest requests he’s gotten was to sign a body part.

“I’ve been asked to sign an arm or someone’s forehead,” he said.

Upper Deck went behind-the-scenes and spoke with James about his new jersey number, signing autographs and the coolest piece in his collection.

Check out the video.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

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