Julius Erving Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Julius Erving

Date of Birth: 2/22/1950
Rookie Card Year: 1972-73
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Julius Erving is one of the biggest stars in the history of pro basketball and his cards and memorabilia are high on the collecting radar. Although he started his career with the ABA, Dr. J eventually made his way to the NBA and helped revolutionize the game along the way. With a career that spanned nearly two decades, collectors have plenty of Julius Erving cards to collect and even more autographed cards from recent years.

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Despite starting his career with the upstart ABA, Erving and his fellow ABA players were included in the 1970's Topps releases alongside their NBA counterparts. Thankfully, this means that the five total seasons he spent playing for the Virginia Squires and New York Nets were not a collecting void for Dr. J. Outside of his rookie card, most of the Julius Erving cards from his playing days can be found for a reasonable amount. Erving was also part of a noteworthy card in 1980-81 Topps, when he appeared on the rookie card for both Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

With his retirement in 1987, Julius Erving cards were not treated to the collecting transformation that occurred a decade later. However, with the increasing amount of autographs found in packs, former greats received a renewed interest. The first Julius Erving autograph was released in 1993, but things really started to pick up in 1999. Collectors can find a large supply of autographed Julius Erving cards from a variety of products, and many remain cheap considering what Erving means to the game.

While his autographed cards are more common, signed Julius Erving memorabilia commands a premium, but is still readily available.

Julius Erving Rookie Cards

1972-73 Topps Julius Erving RC #195

1972-73 Topps brought collectors a colorful and exciting look at the top ABA and NBA players. The clear favorite from this set is the first pro card for Julius Erving. As his sole rookie, this card would have enjoyed popularity regardless. However, the card design has aged well and continues to be one of the better basketball base designs of all-time. Ungraded versions can be found for under $50, but be aware that there are reprints.

1972 73 Topps Julius Erving RC 212x300 Image

1972-73 Topps Julius Erving #255, #263

While card #195 gets all the recognition, Julius Erving had two other cards in 1972-73 Topps. Card #255 honors Erving as a 1971-72 2nd Team ABA All-Star and card #263 recognizes him as a league leader in rebounds during 1971-72. Artis Gilmore and Mel Daniels are also featured on the card.

1972 73 Topps Julius Erving 255 209x300 Image1972 73 Topps Julius Erving 263 Image

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1972 TOPPS #255 JULIUS ERVING ALL-STAR EXMT *132144
$40.00
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Score Board Buyback Auto Julius Erving 1978 with COA 1978 Topps
$79.99
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2013-14 CRUSADE Julius Erving Dr J. Philadelphia 76ers Purple Refractor 41 49
$8.99
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1973 TOPPS #240 JULIUS ERVING EXMT *132146
$24.00
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1979 Topps #20 Julius Erving PSA Near Mint 7
$45.00
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1980 TOPPS VAN BREDA KOLFF-JULIUS ERVING-MAGIC JOHNSON PSA 9 K1789413-366
$99.99
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1973-74 JULIUS ERVING - Topps "ABA ALL STARS" Basketball Card # 240 - Vintage
$35.95
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JULIUS ERVING BILL RUSSELL LARRY BIRD 2005-06 SP SIGNATURE TRIPLE AUTO 7 10
$446.39
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1986-87 Fleer Sticker #5 Julius Erving PRO 8.5 NM-MT+ HOF 76ers Basketball Card
$9.99
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1975 Topps 300 Julius Erving AS1 VG-EX #D178606
$11.25
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1979-80 JULIUS ERVING TOPPS SIXERS 76ERS CARD #20 - PACK FRESH!
$10.00
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13-14 Panini National Treasures Dr J Julius Erving 3 Colour Sick Patch 15 HOF
$88.88
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2007-08 Artifacts Julius Erving Copper 5 10
$70.00
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1974 Topps #226, Nets Team Leaders, Julius Erving, L-678
$9.95
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1973 Topps #207, League Leaders, Julius Erving, L-679
$9.95
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1987-88 Fleer Basketball Card #35 Julius Erving NM *1301
$9.99
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Autograph Guide

Julius Erving Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Julius Erving's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories, to name a few.

Julius Erving Cut Signature Exemplar

Julius Erving Cut Signature Image

Julius Erving Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Julius Erving signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature is lengthy and distinct, but not entirely legible.
  2. Starting with an oversized cursive "J" the first name is the clearest.
  3. The middle word is "Dr J" but mashed together so that it resembles an "8" followed by a less clear, cursive "J".
  4. A large looping "E" starts the last name and the pen lifts before "r-v-i-n-g" ends the signature.

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Julius Erving Signed ABA Basketball Steiner COA Dr. J NBA HOF Legend
$300.00
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JULIUS "DR. J" ERVING 76ERS SIGNED NBA SPALDING LEATHER BASKETBALL JSA #K79929
$247.20
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76ERS JULIUS "DR. J" ERVING AUTHENTIC SIGNED BLUE JERSEY AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA
$259.99
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Julius Erving "Dr. J" Signed ABA Official Guide 1974-75 Auto PSA DNA 5A54302
$199.99
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Julius Dr. J Erving Signed - Autographed Spalding Basketball STEINER COA
$199.95
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UDA wilt chamberlain michael jordan julius erving larry bird auto signed
$2,000.00
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Dr.J Julius Erving Autographed Jersey Signed Philadelphia 7'ers Sixers NBA JSA
$40.00
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MAGIC JOHNSON LARRY BIRD JULIUS ERVING SIGNED 16x20 ROOKIE CANVAS PHOTO PSA 18
$714.99
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JULIUS ERVING SIGNED BALL FANATICS CERTIFIED 76ERS JORDAN NOT UDA
$109.99
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JULIUS DR J ERVING 76ERS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED BASKETBALL
$325.00
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Julius Erving Signed Autographed Red Jersey- JSA W Authenticated
$239.00
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Julius Erving Signed Autographed Blue Jersey- JSA W Authenticated
$239.00
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Julius Erving Signed Autographed White Jersey- JSA W Authenticated
$239.00
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Philadelphia 76ers Julius Erving Dr J Signed Auto Vintage 8x10 Photo JSA COA J9
$199.99
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76ERS JULIUS ERVING AUTHENTIC SIGNED 5X7 1985 CARD AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA SLABBED
$199.99
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Julius Erving Dr. J Hand Signed Autograph Jersey Philadelphia 76ers Wht PSA DNA
$242.99
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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