A rare Dwayne Johnson American Football card has been sold for $13,988 in an online auction.
The piece of memorabilia – which comes from his pre-WWE and The Rock days – is dated from 1994, when he was a college player at the University of Miami, and the winning bid also has to cough up $150 in postage.
Auctioneer PWCC offered the mint condition item from Bumble Bee – the tuna company – which featured some of the team’s best players, including Warren Sapp and Ray Lewis.
It’s said that the 24-card sheets were given out during an Orange Bowl game during the 1994 season.
However, as noted by TMZ, the legend is that it was raining and a lot of people didn’t save their cards, with reportedly less than 50 of the Johnson ones from the set.
The official $13,988 winning bid is a big jump up from a similar Dwayne Johnson PSA 10 card, which sold for a measly, ahem, $4,228 in 2014.
The Rock has weighed in on the bid, admitting that he can’t believe his stint with the team resulted in ‘this cool memorabilia.
He tweeted: ‘Still blows me away, my days at THE U lead to this cool memorabilia. Congrats to the new owner @univmiami @CanesFootball (sic)’
He later responded with an amusing anecdote, recalling how his fellow players teased him about his eyes going ‘wild and crazy’ during games.
He added: ‘My teammates used to f**k with me about my eyes getting wild and crazy when on the field’.
Another of these cards went for $9,000 earlier this year, and Johnson joked that nobody ‘no one’ cared about his item when they came out, and they were more interested in his teammates.
‘My eyes tell the story,’ he replied at the time. ‘Very cool to see my football card increase in value$ for whoever owns them.
‘I was so damn proud when these first came out. Even though no one gave a s**t about my card – everyone wanted Ray Lewis & Warren Sapp’s. What a journey.’
Meanwhile, this comes as The Rock made an unexpected return of sorts to WWE and the world of wrestling this weekend as a guest on Talking Smack, where he opened up on his debut.Credit: Original article published here.