Michael Jordan cards: What is the value of his rookie card and other cards?

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The Michael Jordan rookie card has a life of its own

There is no denying the everlasting greatness Michael Jordan has left in the world of Basketball. Considered by many as the greatest basketball player of all time, Jordan was unstoppable in his heydays.

Even the biography of MJ on the official NBA website reads – ‘Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.’ Such was ‘His Airness’ legacy.

Starting off his career with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan wreaked havoc, helping his team single-handedly beat world-class opponents.

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Roger Federer with basketball legend Michael Jordan back in 2014. (Getty Images)

He played 9 straight seasons for the Bulls, before going on to play Baseball for the Birmingham Barons and the Scottsdale Scorpions between 1994 and 1995.

Jordan then returned to the Bulls and embarked on another successful run for another 3 seasons.

He retired once again, and was out for almost 3 years, before announcing his comeback. This time he featured for the Washington Wizards for two seasons (2001-2003), and finished off his glorious career.

During his career, Jordan won the NBA championship a whopping 6 times, was a 5-time NBA season MVP, 6-time NBA finals MVP, 14x NBA All-Star, 10x All NBA first-team and a lot more.

At the time when the Internet was in its nascency, collectable cards were all the rage. The craze for Michael Jordan cards was just stupendous. Here is what you should know about the various cards of Michael Jordan which are mightily valuable.

Michael Jordan NBA rookie card

Of the NBA rookie cards Michael Jordan, there are quite a few that standout. Some of the Rookie cards can be worth even more than $25,000.

The 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card – The PSA 10 Gem Mint variant is worth a fortune. The card features Michael Jordan dunking typifying the Air Jordan pose. These cards are the only NBA-licensed rookie cards.

They (two of the same) were sold earlier this at the Goldin Auctions for a mind-boggling $700,000. They are currently valued at around half a million.

They were selling at around $10,000 during the year 2012. That’s an increase of almost 70x.

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Michael Jordan NBA 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card

The 1986-87 Fleer Sticker Michael Jordan rookie card features Jordan’s ability to slip through defenses and reach the basket. The high-graded version of this card is worth a ton. The sticker in itself is valued pretty highly.

The 9.5 graded version is worth well above $100,000. The grade nine has its value above $10,000. The cheapest card is BGS3 which is worth $1000.

Michael Jordan Rookie Card
The Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card Sticker Version

The 1984-85 Star Company Michael Jordan Rookie card highlights Jordan’s rebounding abilities. They have a very limited distribution across the world and hence defined as an extended rookie card.

Star Company is the lone issuer of this card. The grade 9.5 version is priced well above $150,000. The cheapest version is the BGS3 which costs around $6000.

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Michael Jordan Rookie Card 1984-85 Extended version from Star Company

Michael Jordan Other cards

There are several non-rookie cards of Jordan that standout as well. One among those is the 1987-88 Fleer – Michael Jordan card. The card is quite scarce with not many in circulation. The grade 9.5 version of this is worth over $50,000.

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Michael Jordan 1987-88 Fleer

Jordan was a baseball player for almost two full years. His Birmingham Barons baseball card simply stands out due to the fact that it is signed by MJ. The card is named the 1995 top prospects Michael Jordan. It is believed that fewer than 25 copies of the card exist.

Michael Jordan Baseball card
Michael Jordan 1995 Top Prospects Baseball Card

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