The Top 23 Michael Jordan Cards Ever Made

The Top 23 Michael Jordan Cards Ever Made

There are hobby superstars and then there's Michael Jordan. He transcends everything before him and Michael Jordan cards will be the measuring stick for everything that follows.

No matter the release, Michael Jordan cards sell. While there are hundreds that command anywhere from the price of lunch up to $100, there are some elite standouts.

The list of Michael Jordan cards that follows isn't all about value, although there are certainly tons of investment-worthy pieces here. Rather, we look at 23 Michael Jordan cards that could be considered cornerstones of almost any collection. They chart his early years, crazy inserts, limited parallels, autographs and memorabilia cards. Above all, they catch our attention.

This is by no means a definitive list of the best Michael Jordan cards. There are too many of them. Elite Michael Jordan cards are like pieces of art done by the masters. Every time these cards pop up, they seem to break records. Here are 23 Michael Jordan cards worth gawking at and dreaming of.

23 of the Best Michael Jordan Cards

1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan RC #57

The 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card is one of the most important cards in the history of the hobby. For modern card collecting, one could argue it's as iconic as the 1952 Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle is for vintage collectors.

1986 87 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan RC 211x300 Image

1996 SPx Michael Jordan Autograph #NNO

The 1996 SPx Michael Jordan Autograph is his first signed basketball card. Available via redemption, they rarely show up.

1996 SPX Michael Jordan Autograph 211x300 Image

1996-97 E-X2000 A Cut Above Michael Jordan #5

Is it a basketball card or a buzz saw? 1996-97 E-X2000 A Cut Above cards were inserted 1:288 packs, making any given card extremely tough to come by.

1996 97 E X2000 A Cut Above Michael Jordan 213x300 Image

1996-97 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Row 2 Michael Jordan #23 #/150

The road of high-end Michael Jordan cards is paved with a ton of low-numbered parallels. While the 1996-97 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Row 2 Michael Jordan isn't the rarest, it is certainly one of the most beautiful. Mixing an action shot in the foreground with an emotional foil portrait in the background, the card beams with elegance.

1996 97 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Row 2 Michael Jordan 150 214x300 Image

1996-97 Metal Net-Rageous Michael Jordan #5

The 1996-97 Metal Net-Rageous Michael Jordan is another outrageous mid-90s insert that's ridiculously tough to find. Loud and proud, cards from the die-cut set can be found 1:288 packs.

1996 97 Metal Net Rageous Michael Jordan 214x300 Image

1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya Michael Jordan #6

Another wild insert from the era, 1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya focused on basketball's best dunkers. And when you're talking about the game's best dunkers, Michael Jordan is king. Inserted 1:720 packs, 1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya remains one of the most desirable insert sets ever created.

1997 98 EX 2001 Basketball Jambalaya Michael Jordan 212x300 Image

1997-98 Fleer Thrill Seekers Michael Jordan #7

Mixing a holofoil shimmer, a matte front and some horrible fonts, there's no doubt what era the 1997-98 Fleer Thrill Seekers Michael Jordan came from. Cards in the ten-card set are a case hit, falling 1:288 packs.

1997 98 Fleer Thrill Seekers Michael Jordan 209x300 Image

1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan #23 #/100

The grand-daddy of parallels, if you've got a 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan, you've got a few tuition payments for your children's college education. And text books. And a lifetime supply of Kraft Dinner. The blazing red background is perfectly appropriate for Jordan. Although numbered to 100, only 90 of the Precious Metal Gems cards are red. The remaining ten are green. And if you have one of those, you may be able to trade it for a house, white picket fence and all.

1997 98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Red Michael Jordan 208x300 Image

1997-98 Ultra Star Power Supreme Michael Jordan #SPS1

If you haven't figured it out by now, Fleer ruled the wild insert designs, parallels and tough pulls of the mid- to late-1990s. The 1997-98 Ultra Star Power Supreme Michael Jordan is a case hit parallel that mixes a die-cut design with holofoil. Individual singles in the 20-card set appear 1:288 packs of 1997-98 Ultra Series 2 Basketball.

1997 98 Ultra Star Power Supreme Michael Jordan 211x300 Image

1997-98 Ultra Stars Gold Michael Jordan #1

1997-98 Ultra Stars was the set's Series One case hit. Of those, ten percent were given the Ultra Stars Gold treatment. Basically, the 1997-98 Ultra Stars Gold Michael Jordan is an impossible parallel of a nearly impossible set. And it's got all the flash and jazz collectors expect and love.

1997 98 Ultra Ultra Stars Gold Michael Jordan 215x300 Image

1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Michael Jordan #GJ13

The first Michael Jordan game-used jersey card might not be the prettiest. But it's still the first. With 22 cards in the set, even odds of one per case would make it tough. Try 1:2,500 packs for any given card in the set. That's 1:55,000 packs for the 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Michael Jordan. There's also an autographed version that is numbered to 23.

1997 98 Upper Deck Game Jersey Michael Jordan 260x182 Image

1998-99 Fleer Tradition Playmakers Theatre Michael Jordan #9 #/100

Numbered to 100 copies, the 1998-99 Fleer Tradition Playmakers Theatre Michael Jordan has a lot going for it. It's embossed and has some great gold holofoil shine. Collectors should beware of versions that have neither embossing or serial numbers. These were likely in the Fleer archives when the company went out of business and the assets were sold off.

1998 99 Fleer Tradition Playmakers Theatre Michael Jordan 100 209x300 Image

1998-99 Hoops Slam Bams Michael Jordan #1 #/100

The 1998-99 Hoops Slam Bams Michael Jordan is a strange beast. While it has some great photography, the overall design is among the busiest you'll ever find. Oh yeah, it's numbered to 100 copies so it commands attention whenever it pops up.

1998 99 Hoops Slam Bams Michael Jordan 100 212x300 Image

1998-99 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan #1 #/50

Instead of numbering to 100 like the previous year, the 1998-99 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan has just 50 numbered copies. The parallel's immense popularity and the low numbering make this one of the ultimate Michael Jordan prizes.

1998 99 Metal Universe Basketball Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan 50 207x300 Image

1998-99 SkyBox Molten Metal Fusion Michael Jordan #41 #/250

The 1998-99 SkyBox Molten Metal Fusion Michael Jordan is unique with its tiny die-cut dots that make the legend's portrait. While the basic Fusion parallel is numbered to 250, a Titanium version is much tougher with just 40 copies.

1998 99 SkyBox Molten Metal Fusion Michael Jordan 214x300 Image

1998-99 SkyBox Premium Star Rubies Michael Jordan #23 #/50

Resembling some Pacific might have created with their Prism lines a few years earlier, the 1998-99 SkyBox Premium Star Rubies Michael Jordan is one of the most desired parallel cards of all-time. Numbered to 50, it pictures Jordan looking like he's ready to drive to the hoop.

1998 99 SkyBox Premium Star Rubies Michael Jordan 50 212x300 Image

1998-99 SkyBox Thunder Noyz Boyz Michael Jordan #9

Who names these cards? Although title might be horrible, it's memorable -- kind of like those late-night TV jingles that stick with you for months on end. The distinct die-cut design and rarity (1:300 packs) make the 1998-99 SkyBox Thunder Noyz Boyz Michael Jordan one of the greatest insert cards in the hobby.

1998 99 Skybox Thunder Basketball Noyz Boyz 9 Michael Jordan 215x300 Image

1998-99 Upper Deck Game Jersey Autographs #/23

Upper Deck made six different Michael Jordan autographed jersey cards in 1998-99, all of which are numbered to 23. All rank among the best Michael Jordan cards ever.

1998 99 Upper Deck Autographed Game Jersey Michael Jordan 23 260x181 Image

1999 Upper Deck Employee Game Jersey Michael Jordan #NNO #/275

Upper Deck staff have gotten some amazing exclusive cards over the years. Perhaps none are more beautiful than the 1999 Upper Deck Employee Game Jersey Michael Jordan. Numbered to 275, the card pictures Jordan making his first last shot. The card was produced just for staff and wasn't inserted in packs.

1999 Upper Deck Employee Card Jersey Michael Jordan Final Shot 275 210x300 Image

1999-00 Upper Deck HoloGrFX Shoetime Autograph Michael Jordan #MJA #/23

When you think of Michael Jordan, a handful of iconic things come to mind: the number 23, his signature dunk and his shoes. The Air Jordan is bigger than the game. Yet, it has only appeared on a handful of Michael Jordan cards. The 1999-00 Upper Deck HoloGrFX Shoetime Autograph Michael Jordan is just one of two autographed shoe cards of the great.

1999 00 UD HoloGrFX Shoetime Autographed Shoe Michael Jordan 23 260x187 Image

2000-01 Ultimate Collection Signatures Gold Michael Jordan #MJG #/25

The greatest strength of the 2000-01 Ultimate Collection Signatures Gold Michael Jordan is its simplicity. And autograph. And limited numbering to 25.

2000 01 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Signatures Gold Michael Jordan 25 210x300 Image

2003-04 UD Glass 1-2 Combo Jersey Autographs LeBron James and Michael Jordan #LJMJ #/10

The 2003-04 UD Glass 1-2 Combo Jersey LeBron James/Michael Jordan is the only card from James' rookie year to combine the pair's signatures and jersey swatches. Numbered to 10, the design is somewhat understated given its significance.

2003 04 UD Glass 1 2 Combo Jersey Autograph Michael Jordan and LeBron James 10 260x187 Image

2003-04 Exquisite Collection Michael Jordan #3 #/225

When was the last time you saw a modern base card that wasn't a rookie card go for $500? It's unheard of -- almost. Michael Jordan and 2003-04 Exquisite Collection are two very special hobby beasts. One is the greatest player, the other is the greatest set. A 2003-04 Exquisite Collection Michael Jordan base card, numbered to 225, sold on eBay for $566.56 on July 8, 2012.

2003 04 Upper Deck Exquisite Michael Jordan 210x300 Image

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2000 St. Saint Vincent Stamp Grenadines Michael Jordan BCCG 10 Graded Basketball
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1997 SC Triumvirate Luminous Members Only Michael Jordan #T9B PSA 10!
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1996-97 Bowmans Best Cuts Michael Jordan Atomic Refractor BGS 9.5 Gem Mint!
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1992 1993 Upper Deck NBA MVP Hologram Basketball Complete Box Set Michael Jordan
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1993 1994 Upper Deck NBA Holojam Basketball Complete Box Set
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2010-11 Upper Deck ULTIMATE MICHAEL JORDAN Auto JeRsEy 23 25 1 1 Auto 10 BGS 9.5
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1997 - 1998 Topps Finest Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls #287 Basketball Card
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

User Comments

  1. I have a Michael Jordan Rare Air card, I am trying to find out some information about it. The card is 3″ X 8″ the top half is red and the bottom half is black & white, the print on the card is;
    Bottom Right: Mj 23 94
    Card # 43373 / 55,000

    Sir, if you have any information on this card please contact me…. Thank you.

  2. Great list and description! But you’re missing one of the most ELITE Jordan inserts, the 1997-98 Finest GOLD EMBOSSED REFRACTOR Michael Jordan Serial #’d to /74. Sold as high as almost $20k for a Gem Mint and $10k for raw Ungraded copies. You should add it to the list.

  3. i have a topps reigning scoring leader card of michael jordan no:384 its in mint condition just wondering if its worth anything?

  4. I have a NBA topps star Michael Jordan card, #24. Wondering how much? I also have Larry Bird, Julius Erving and Magic Johnson all in one topps card. I think its a reprint dated 1996Can u help. I would greatly appreciated.

  5. I have a Michael Jackson special retirement card. It is framed in a small clear plastic frame, and the description of it indicates that it is one of 15,000 cards made. The bottom of the back of the card reads “Sports Stars USA, 1993-94.” I can’t seem to locate another card like it and would like to know the value of the card.

  6. I have a m1 test reflector Michael Jordon card with the reflected orange border,I was just wondering how much its worth today&how many are still out there.can u give me an insite on this or no

  7. Can u help me Ryan

  8. Matthew » If you can send me a scan to I will see if I can identify it.

  9. Thanks I sent..

  10. I have a 1991 Michael Jordan 3-D card showing his back in the background and the front of him running in the foreground of the card. Any idea what this might be worth?

  11. i have 8 michael jordan rookie cards i had him sign them in chicago. are they worth anything .they are graded high 9s

  12. I have Michael Jordan special retirement card october 6,1993 sports edition I would like to know whit it’s worth at this time

  13. I bought a set of 24 gold plated cards entitled Jordan’s las 5 shots as a chicago bull that were captured in this collection. Can’t find any info as to the value

  14. I have michael Jordan’s upper deck cards 1985-1995 for basketball.what’s the values.

  15. Upper deck 1985-1995 Michael jordan basketball cards.value is how much

  16. I have a 1992 skybox dream team card with all players in plastic case believe mint condition how much is it worth

  17. Hello, I have a collection of cuts of magazines of Michael Jordan’s photos (1600 aprox) from his beginning in the NBA until 1999 aprox.
    Also I have a few cards or cards (335 aprox.) of UPPER DECK belonging to the collections:
    Also I have the posters of different sizes different also.
    If you have interested in my colleccion my contact is: Domingo Segovia +34 699309319

  18. Hello, I have a collection of cuts of magazines of Michael Jordan’s photos (1600 aprox) from his beginning in the NBA until 1999 aprox.
    Also I have a few cards or cards (335 aprox.) of UPPER DECK belonging to the collections:
    RAREAIR 90
    TRIBUTE 90
    A CUT ABOVE 10
    RETRO MJ 58
    OTHERS 20 aprox

    Also I have the posters of different sizes different also.
    If you have interested in my colleccion my contact is: Domingo Segovia +34 699309319

  19. I have a Michael jordan card and I can’t find it anywhere On the front is MJ retires on left and across the top high flying mike on the right hand side is card #1.There is no date or even a maker of this card.It tells a story of Michael Jordan on the back.It’s a over sized card and couldn’t be graded by GMA,and they no nothing about this card.Ryan can you help me?The grade company said it was a very rare card.But who make it,and when,and what is it worth?

  20. James » I would need more of a description than that to help identify it. Please send a scan of the front and back to and I’ll see what I can do.

  21. I have Chicago Bulls 1998 NBA Champions 6 time champions Limited Edition (0378 of 1,998) Plaque with a picture of a few of the team members and a basketball card which is of Michael Jordan “Team Skybox” and I believe its card #235. How much is this plaque worth?? Its in good condition.

  22. I have an unmarked Michael Jordan “Greatest Ever” – “Retired Oct. 6, 1993″ (top left) – there’s no company name, number or anything to identify it. I can’t find a picture of it anywhere online. He is wearing a red jersey, his tongue is out and the bulls logo has been edited from his jersey. There is also a gold signature across the front.

  23. Dylan » From the way you’ve described it, it sounds like an unlicensed card.

  24. I think I have the same card as guy above me.

    No logos or even the “BULLS” lettering above the numbers. The background is MJ with his tongue out and Maxwell from the Rockets is defending him (same image in the back of the card). Gold signature across the front. However mine has no “Greatest Ever – Retired Oct. 6 1993″ legend/title on it anywhere. But it does have a “(c) Sports Edition” tag in the back, below the stats.

    Any idea what’s the value of this card (if any) or why the logos were edited out?

  25. Ramiro » It’s an unlicensed cards with, unfortunately, little to no value.

  26. I have a huge MJ card collection in mint condition im looking for buyers?
    I have a lot of the but i have no idea of the value. can someone please help me?

  27. Hi,
    Since my mum used to work at Upper Deck in the years of 93-97, I’m in possession of a couple of thousands of basket ball cards (and another couple of thousands from other sports).
    all packs being sealed (not opened). Among them 8 complete Rare air (90 cards each) new and never opened, and many other NBA collections.
    I’d like to know if it’d be of any interest. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan, I just happened to be the son of an executive working in this company.
    I don’t really have the time to deal with the selling of those cards, thus I’m looking for some kind of intermediary to make the deals through and in exchange of a percentage to be negotiated.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

  28. I have a michael jordan skybox premium 1993-94 edition how much is it worth in good condition

  29. devin » If you are talking about the base, card #45, ungraded copies have been selling for $1-3 recently.

  30. i had a numbers of MJ cards which i thought of selling them off. Any idea where i could sell it off? thanks

  31. Stanley » eBay will get you the largest audience. A local shop might be faster but you likely won’t get as much because they’ll need to make a profit too.

  32. I have a upper deck 1998/99 SP authentic Michael Jordan #1 card. It also has his autograph on it. Is it real?

  33. Brandon » Without a picture, it makes it tough to say. Your best bet is to send it to an authenticator like PSA or JSA.

  34. Does anyone know about michaels dream team picks of the rookies the year before he retired the first time. They are all in a uncut sheet Schack Morning etc among a few.

  35. I have a Michael jordan best ever retirement october 6, 1993 card(botton rigth hand side). Gold signature in front. It says Cicago bulls on back with game information. I need information about it.

  36. I’ve have some Michael Jordan cards never seen before card has no company name trimmed in gold Michael is wearing a yellow wig, an one card Michael has on a cowboy hat I found in my farther-in-law cards he has a card store an he was a collector he has passed now I have everything from the store looking some were to sell please help

  37. hi have a rare extremely rare card and have a coa for it to. you guy feature it here it is the 1996-97 Metal Net-Rageous Michael Jordan #5 but i have number one and its a miss print it has nets number 15 in front but jordan stat in the back it is certified from beckett as 1996-97 Flair showcase legacy collection row 1 #23 michael jordan wrong front i really want to know how much it is worth i never have seen something like this its a huge mistake from beckett and it is certified from beckett and it 001/150 come on 3 strikes your out lol

  38. I have jordan high school cards. And ROOKIE cards.also red, gold all mint.many cards.need to check vallue.seen some on yur screen. I have them

  39. I have a M.J card maybe one of the first to name him NORTH CAROLINA’S FINEST. With number 23 on his NORTH CAROLINA UNIFORM…..THE CARD THAT STARTED IT ALL. INTERESTED?

  40. i am selling a very unique bb all signed card collection on ebay ( germany,
    one of the cards is:
    Michael Jordan, 2003-04 UPPERDECK, gold
    3/24, EXQUISITE COLLECTION with jersey patch and signed. auction #201004213980 i tried to bring this card on but i did got no feedback from usa, so i guess you can not see that auction at it is now running till to 12-24-13. the current bid is around 1.000 € (appx. $ 1400) the card is in perfect condition. i guess this card is much more worth than this ansd it would be much more interesting for the US as the german market. i am planing to stop this action for ending. can you tell me about the real worth of it and how i can bring it to the usa marketplace?
    thanks, joern
    ps.: there are many more signed limited cards on my auction, please take a look on it. thanks and sorry for my poor english, all the best, joern


  42. I own a unique non circuladed Chicago Red Bull Michael Jordan picture taken during a game in the nineties, with a huge original Michael Jordan signature on the bottom. I would like to authenticate it. It might be one of a kind. Can anyone help me?

  43. Luiz Vicentini » To authenticate it, you’d likely want to contact PSA/DNA or James Spence Authentication (JSA).

  44. I have jordams greatest ever retired ocober 6 1993 signature and says specoal retirement card in gold at the bottom on the back its number 72 arena sports 93/94 amd another greatest ever retired october 6 93 with jordan and pippen jumping for the ball and 2 new york knick Players behind them and says michael jordan guard .chicago and 1991’1993 stats And a jordan card that says spectacular. Stupendous. Unbelievable on the back and all neon lights on the front with jordan flying through the air on the front.And ive got over 100 other jordan cards including shaq.garnett.stackhouse.ray allen.iverson.rodman.mourning.pippen.grant hill and anfernee hardaway if u can help me price the jordans please

  45. i have michael jordan upper deck gold autograft #1 card number one is rare i wont to no how much it is im seeing cards with #2345 go for $8,000 or $9,000.

  46. I hve a Michael Jordan 3time NBA MVP retired card wit gld sig needa now how much its worth or if its worthanything at all

  47. I have an unopened box set of “Jordan Rare Air & Bonus Deal” cards, I presume purchased in January of 1999 from Shop at Home. Is there any way to determine a value??

  48. I have a set of McDonalds 1992 upper deck dream team cards I would like to know how to go about finding out if they have any value,

  49. Hi,I have a signed Practice Michael Jordan Jersey,Actually took it off his back and signed it.I so want to sell Can anyone help! also A rare Photo signed…..And other things MJ.Thanks Linda

  50. this ain`t no price guide christ

    hey i need info on a baseball players cards the rainbow for2012 topps chrome
    is there two different 1/1 superfactors
    one throwing the ball and one swinging at bat?i really need this info

  51. that is matt hague rookie

  52. I am searching for a Jordan card I got out of a pack of 94 95 skybox that has him standing in his white sox uniform with a bat in his hands and had a gold signature on it , I’m not sure but I think it was blank on the bak as he had no stats from playing baseball yet so the stats were all zero and think it was 1 of 100 in the top corner ? Any info would b great , coz I can’t find anything and hav never seen it again. When I asked about it when I had it 16 yrs ago no card beket or collector had heard of it or seen it

  53. I have many Jordan cards. This is a lil off the subject but i have this HonusWagner card and was wondering if you would take a gander at it for me?

  54. best cards ever

  55. i have a michael jeffery jordan collegiate record card. i saw a card like it for $4,000onebay. what is it really worth? it has asmall crease at the top of the card. ootherwise nice.

  56. I have a 93- 94 fleer ultra , 2 of 92 upper decker93 MVP Chicago bulls no.AW9all time greats,BARCELONA ’92,no.534 SKYBOX,TOPPS no.199 ToppsBeigning playoff MVP, Michael Jordan, Drexler vs Jordan, skybox1994,Michael Jordan NBA Hoops collect a books from 1990 NBA,Michael Jordan’s playground NBA HOOPS 1990 no.382,NBAHOOPS Chicago bulls no.358, 1990, SKYBOX, Michael Jordan,no.41,UPPERDECK,MAJOR ATTRACTION Micael Jordan, QUEEN LATIFAH,no.341 and much more

  57. Hi Ryan,

    Great site! I purchased a box of assorted cards, and in it is a clear cello pack of 1993-94 topps stadium club. The interesting thing is, the MJ triple Double on the front seems to be a variation of the one I see online. It is zoomed in (can’t see the backboard), and his last name is in Blue. Any ideas? I don’t want to open the pack, but am very tempted!

    thanks, John

  58. I have every year gold plated MVP autographed cards of michael Jordan and im lookin to sale them…can u suggest where to do so?

  59. Hi i have three cards i need prices for..feb 9 1994 special out of retirement card, gold signature. 1993 gold signature retired oct 6 1993. Arena sports 93-94 gold signature greatest.

  60. my grampa just past away,and left me five big boxes of basketball ,football,andbaseball, all very old all sealed, beautiful collection I don”t know what to do with them…cal 916-226-7251..

  61. I have macheal Jordan upper Decker winning touches cards and idk if they are rare or not. So help? And I have a agent 23 card of his. But if rare or anything help me out??

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