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Mia Hamm rookie card sells for record $34K

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Soccer legend Mia Hamm set a new record in the trading card market over the weekend.

Her 1992 Sports Illustrated for Kids rookie card - graded a PSA Gem Mint 10 - was sold by Goldin Auctions for $34,400, making it the most expensive female sports card of all time.

The previous record belonged to Alex Morgan, whose rookie card sold for $16,000, according to ESPN's Dan Hajducky.

"It validates that there's a legitimate market for women's sports," Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin told ESPN. "Four years ago, soccer was not considered by most (trading card) people in the United States - myself included - to be part of their collecting universe, but two of the five highest-priced items in this auction were soccer related (and) then you have Mia Hamm up there, too."

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