Michael Jordan’s 1986-87 Fleer card is widely recognized as his official rookie card, but another brand of Jordan cards from the early years of his NBA career have also attracted impressive prices in recent years.
From 1984-86, Star released five basketball player sets, including a 10-card set of Jordan that highlights his early accomplishments, including his 1984-85 Rookie of the Year Award and his performances in the 1984 Olympics, the 1985 All-Star Game and the 1986 NBA playoffs.
A complete 10-card Star set signed by Jordan highlights PWCC’s June Premier Auction. The 1986 Jordan Star set has a current bid of $19,000 in the auction that closes on Thursday.
The cards also have an interesting backstory.
According to PWCC, Hank Reizes, who bought the cards from the original owner, had them signed in person in November 1986 at the Marriot Hotel in Los Angeles when Jordan and the Bulls were in town to play the Lakers. According to the owner, Jordan shared memories of the photo on each card with teammate Gene Banks while he signed the cards.
With a low production run, Jordan’s autograph adds even more value to the rare cards.
“The story around how this set was built is really incredible,” said Jesse Craig, director of business development at PWCC. “Hearing how someone secured an autograph opportunity on these 10 cards adds a really amazing narrative element to the set.
“Also, the autographs on these are gorgeous. All of them are graded a 9 with the exception of one being an 8. And, when you look at the autographs graded to a 9, you can see that the reason they didn’t get a 10 is that they run off the card. Otherwise these autographs are pristine.”