This is the starting point for any serious Jordan collector. While not the most scarce Michael Jordan card, the 1986-87 Fleer Jordan rookie card is hand down the most popular basketball card ever produced.
This beautiful example is graded a BGS 9 with sub-grades of all 9 and 9.5. PSA 9-10 and BGS 9-9.5 copies continue to rise in value and demand a premium over lower graded copies.
Refractors from Topps, Topps Finest, Topps Chrome, and Bowman are some of the coolest, most chased cards from the 1990's and also the 2000's. What makes them even more interesting is the greening effect that many of them can acquire over the years, making it especially gratifying to find a clean one with no surface discoloration.
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The 1990s were a classic era in basketball, probably the best time to be a kid and a fan of basketball. Michael Jordan dominated the game, winning 3 titles in the early 90's, retiring, unretiring, and then winning 3 more titles in '96, '97, and '98.
Click the button below to check out the Jordan cards that I cherish the most. Some because they are rare, others because they are just cool and innovative for their time.
The 2008 Upper Deck StarQuest set was a fun one to chase and put together in PSA 10. The Common through Ultra Rare were inserted into retail packs at Target and Wal-Mart at rates starting from 1:1 to 1:36 depending on the rarity and where they were purchased.
I am always looking to add to my collection. I have a spreadsheet of Jordan inserts and parallels ordered by pack odds that I am working to complete.
My goal over time is to acquire at least one of each card in my list with the intention of passing them down to my 4 kids. It's been fun teaching them about the hobby, grading, and how to take care of their cards. I sure wish someone would have taught me to take better care of my cards when I was young!
Displayed here are the last 3 additions to my collection. Click on the button below to view a more exhaustive list, ordered by most recent first.
The 1986 Star Michael Jordan set contains ten cards highlighting his career. There were reportedly only 2,800 sets produced. They were originally available to the hobby exclusively through Dan Stickney of Michigan.
Sets were originally issued in sealed plastic bags. The card backs contain various bits of information about Jordan. The set's basic design is identical to those of the Star Company's regular NBA sets. The front borders are red with a Star '86 logo in the upper right corner.
I'm working on building this set in BGS 9. If you have any that I don't already have, feel free to contact me.
Other Basketball Greats
While MJ is the GOAT, he wasn't the only great superstar that was fun to watch in the 80's, 90's, and 2000's. And in today's modern game, names like Zion, Luka, and Ja are ushering in a new class of superstar talent that will be fun to watch in the coming years.