This blog contains pictures of my Michael Jordan card collection, I have just re-started this blog experience and am trying to get more Jordan followers. I'm hoping the most interesting part of the blog will be the daily (if my budget allows) maildays that will detail the cards/stickers/etc. that I received on that day. As can be noticed in the first few maildays I have not purchased as many mainstream cards as usual because those cards are so easily available (well most of them) and can be had at any time. In addition to the mailday updates my eBay MJ card price guide is available for free as well. These prices reflect the maximum value and average value for Jordan cards over the last couple years. I collect all of the cards listed in the price guide and many others but only from 1984-1998. If you are interested in buying/selling Jordan cards feel free to email me using the link below. Thanks again and enjoy the blog!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

1991-92 Hoops Prototype Metal

This morning I picked up my newest find on Ebay a 1991-92 Hoops Prototype Metal. It's the second time since last December I have seen one up for auction. The first did not conclude the full auction time, I contacted the seller and found he sold the card to someone offline for only $175. While this is a dangerous way to sell something I can understand why because Ebay charges 8-12% of the overall price sold to use their auction house services. I purchased mine in an auction format for $317, it was a little more than what I wanted to pay but sometimes that happens when looking for a rare card.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

1991-92 Fleer Acrylic 3D Wrapper Redemption

Extremely exciting trip to the mailbox today and there was only one package. This package however contained the incredibly rare 1991-92 Fleer Acrylic 3D Wrapper Redemption. I have tried to learn a little about these cards, from what I understand these cards were available via wrapper redemption (obviously).  When 10 1991-92 Fleer wrappers were submitted with a $5.00 fee Fleer would hand create an acrylic 3D replica of the actual card available in packs of your choice. I have found 3 different Jordans in existence #29, #211 and #375 (below are pictures of BGS 9.5 version of all 3!!), there are rumors of a master set but those have been unconfirmed. I was lucky enough to purchase #29 for a very reasonable $200 from gene879pez (eBay id).


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Saturday, April 2, 2011

BGS vs. PSA Grading

Whether purchasing a new card or deciding to have one grade which do you prefer Beckett Grading (BGS) or Professional Sports Authenticator?

Beckett Grading (BGS)
  • Internal sealed sleeve to maintain position of the card in the holder
  • 4 key quality categories to grade cards (Centering, Surface, Edges, Corners)
  • Half-point scale to distinguish between grades 
  • Certification Number
  • Online population report
  • Report card sent to the card owner 
  • Cheapest price to grade 1 card - $9.00
  • Cheapest price to grade 100 cards - $7.00/card
Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) 
  • Certification number
  • PSA population report 
  • 10-point grading scale with half-point grades 
  • Tamper evident seal and stackable edge
  • Qualifiers - significant single flaws that are below standard for that grade (i.e. PSA 9 o/c - card is more off-center than normal PSA 9 cards)
  • Cheapest price to grade 1 card - $15.00
  • Cheapest price to grade 100 cards - $6.00/card

As you can see both graders offer similar services with price and grading scales. I tend to appreciate the BGS grading scale more because I like to know why my cards grade the way they do and they offer that with the 4 quality characteristics. I also like the sleeve that is sealed inside the holder, it does not allow the card to move around like the PSA graded cards can. *PSA has begun to use a sleeve similar to Beckett* Overall though I'm not opposed to buying cards that are BGS or PSA, in doing pricing research on eBay it appears other bidders have no preference as well. In fact, when I show pricing for cards I typically say PSA 8 = BGS 8 and so on. The only qualifier I have is the PSA 10 = BGS 9.5. It should also be noted with the 4 quality characteristics, collectors keep that in mind when purchasing cards especially the 86-87 Fleer Rookie. If there is a 9 the value is diminshed somewhat if there is a 10 the value inflates. It would be interesting to hear what other card collectors prefer for Jordan cards and why.

-Updated 1/13/2013

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

1993-94 Fleer Ultra Scoring Kings Error

I recently purchased a lot of Michael Jordan cards on eBay and in this lot were several $5-$20 inserts and a 1993-94 Ultra Scoring Kings card. I purchased the whole lot for $95 so I was pleased with the deal. I originally purchased the lot to re-sell on eBay to help fund my Jordan collection. After receiving the cards I noticed the Scoring Kings card looked odd. After looking more closely it appeared as if the foil that generally covers the entire card was incorrect over the left half of the card and had a silhouette of a different player.  I knew there was no way I could sell this card as I had never seen anything like it.

Background

I grew up with Michael Jordan as my hero in the early 90's and convinced my dad that he should broaden his baseball collection to include basketball cards. Over the course of the 90's I obtained nearly every Jordan base card through opening boxes and purchased many of his inserts. My favorite purchase was buying both the 1992-93 Fleer Team Leader and Total D cards at one hobby shop for $25 and $10 respectively. My collecting diminished during the 1996-97 season as I entered high school and had better things to do with my time or so I thought at the time. My junior year of college my card collecting began again as I strictly wanted to collect all of Michael Jordan cards from 1986-87 to 1995-96. I scoured eBay to find the best deals on Jordan cards and did pretty well for myself picking up more inserts and the 1987-88 Fleer card. As for any college kid though, money and girls were always a problem (I was single my junior year of college). My second round of collecting didn't begin until after I graduated and started a job with 3M. Since 2007 my goal has been to collect every Jordan card from 1984-85 to 1995-96 and have since added all of the Finest Refractors and many other rare Jordan cards including some of the Star cards. I have used Beckett's online price guide as my personal checklist and hope to one day obtain all of Jordan's cards from these years. I'm hoping this blog will allow those interested to take the ride with me and hopefully let others discuss their Jordan collections as well. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Welcome

I am starting this blog to provide information for those interested in collecting Michael Jordan sports cards. My initial plan is to cover Michael Jordan cards from 1984-85 to 1995-96, from the Star company cards in his early years through the Topps Stars and SPx cards made in 1996. I have compiled eBay selling prices on many of these items for your benefit, I will post pictures of items in my collection and provide updates of my new purchases. I look forward to this opportunity.