A rare Michael Jordan card has sold for more than $800,000, but it is not Jordan’s iconic 1986-87 Fleer rookie card.
A 1997 Upper Deck Game Jersey Michael Jordan Patch Auto card, numbered /23 and graded BGS 8, sold for $840,000 in the January Premier Auction at PWCC Marketplace last week. Upper Deck released just 23 copies of the card, only one which has been graded higher than the BGS 8 copy, which also includes an autograph grade of 10.
Only two Jordan cards have sold for more than $2 million and both were copies of the special 1997 Upper Deck card. It is now tied for the sixth-highest selling Jordan card of all time.
“It’s a piece of history in that it was the very first time you could pull a game-used and autographed Michael Jordan card out of a trading card pack,” said Jesse Craig, vice president of sales at PWCC Marketplace. “With only 23 copies of the card released, this card was almost impossible to pull out of a pack. And, to this day, it remains one of the most in-demand basketball cards that can show up on the market.”
The six-figure sale highlighted PWCC’s January Premier Auction, which featured more than 260 assets and totaled more than $11.8 million in sales.
Other top sales included:
• 2020 Immaculate Dual Larry Bird & Luka Doncic NBA LOGOMAN PATCH AUTO 1/1 (PSA 7) for a record $144,000.
• 2004 SP Game Used Authentic Fabrics LeBron James NBA LOGOMAN PATCH 1/1 (PSA 7) for $108,000, a “for-card” record for LeBron’s first game-worn solo Logoman card.
• 1978 Topps Paul Molitor & Alan Trammell ROOKIE card (PSA 10) for $66,000, a record for any Molitor or Trammell card.
• 2015 National Treasures Clutch Factor Kobe Bryant PATCH AUTO DNA 10 1/1 (PSA 10) for $36,000, a record for the card from his last active year.
• 1991 Michael Jordan “The Move” NBA Finals original PSA Type I photograph for $20,400, the third-highest price for a Jordan photo and the most for a Jordan photo from the 1990s.