February 2018 Winter Premium Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2018

If you listen to sports radio or read social media posts, there's been a lot of debate recently whether New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is the greatest football player in history. In baseball, too, there has been talk about Mike Trout becoming one of the sport's all-time greats, drawing comparisons to the legendary Mickey Mantle. In basketball, however, there is no discussion: Michael Jordan is the best basketball player to step foot on our planet; this is not an opinion, it is a scientific axiom. Owner of ten NBA scoring titles, six championships, five MVP awards, two Olympic gold medals, and the hottest shoe brand known to mankind—Air Jordans—MJ embodies athletics in America. Jordan's rarefied status among sportsmen was further cemented when in 1999 ESPN selected him as its athlete of the century, besting Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali and other icons.

For fans of Jordan's cardboard, no serious collection is complete without his 1986 Fleer #57 rookie card. It is to basketball cards what the Mick's 1952 Topps #311 is to baseball cards; simply put, it is one of the most recognizable images in the hobby. Interestingly, though designated a RC, Jordan's Fleer rookie was issued in what was his third season in the NBA. Although demand certainly outweighs supply, this card is by no means rare. Of the 17,035 examples evaluated by PSA, 287 have earned the company's highest Gem Mint 10 grade.

Jordan, however, also has a number of pre-rookie cards that date from his first two years with the Chicago Bulls. One of the rarest of these hails from the end of his first year in the NBA, thereby rendering it an official rookie card by today's standards. Offered here in perfect PSA 10 condition is His Airness's 1985 Bulls Interlake rookie card. Measuring precisely 5" by 7", and thus significantly bigger and more condition sensitive than traditional trading cards, this coveted premium was one of two Bulls player cards offered to Boy Scouts through the Interlake Youth Incentive Program. As a result of their unorthodox distribution method and larger size, finding a specimen in Near Mint condition or better some 33 years later is quite the daunting challenge. It is all the more remarkable then that the example offered here has survived in pristine condition. Featuring razor-sharp corners, flawless image registration, pristine surfaces, and dead-on centering, this collectible is one of a mere eight copies to receive the treasured Gem Mint 10 grade from PSA. Moreover, there have been only 136 total examples of Jordans 1985 Bulls Interlake card ever submitted to PSA, meaning there are a staggering 151 more PSA 10s of his '86 Fleer rookie than his '85 Interlake card, in any grade, out there in the hobby!

We cannot emphasize enough that when taking into account the rarity, condition sensitivity, and the historical importance of the player depicted, we are confident in calling the offered masterpiece one of the top few dozen single most important Michael Jordan cards in existence. The last example that went to gavel in a PSA 10 holder sold for $13,633 in an eBay auction from power seller PWCC two summers ago, and the market for high-grade, low population, HOF rookie cards has grown (much like the stock market) significantly since then. Moreover, with the NBA's ever-expanding reach into the lucrative Asian market, and with collectors from China, Singapore, and Japan willing to shell out the big bucks (or yuan, or yen), the sky is the limit for Jordan's best cardboard. Do not miss out on this slam dunk opportunity to boost your basketball collection into rare air.

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Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium: $14,050
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Sunday, March 4, 2018.
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