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.

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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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1974-75 Topps Basketball Julius Erving #207 ABA Scoring Leaders - VG EX
$5.99
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1974-75 Topps Basketball Julius Erving #249 ABA Championship - VG EX
$5.99
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2000-01 Upper Deck Master Collection Julius Erving Auto 25 50 Autograph Bgs 9.5
$449.99
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Philadelphia 76ers #6 Julius Erving `1-1 4" Flat Back Button
$5.00
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1980 TOPPS Basketball Card (Larry Bird Julius Erving Magic Johnson )
$50.00
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1986 Star Court Kings #13 Julius Erving SSA 8
$19.97
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1986 Star Court Kings #13 Julius Erving SSA 9 Mint
$49.97
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c1981 Philadelphia 76ers 8x10 Team issue Dr J Julius Erving HOFer UMass Original
$14.99
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2013-14 Panini Prizm JULIUS ERVING Hall Monitors Die-cut Purple 24 49 76ers #21
$14.99
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2013-14 Basketball SP Authenitc - Julius Erving - Canvas Card
$6.99
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1981 TOPPS #30 JULIUS ERVING LOT OF 106 NMMT K28747
$182.32
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15 Lot 2012-13 SP Authentic Basketball Cards Magic Johnson Julius Erving Subset
$6.50
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25ct Julius Erving 2014 Panini National Base Card Lot *T270
$12.50
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1986-87 FLEER BASKETBALL JULIUS IRVING #31 60 40 CENTER MINOR WEAR NICE CORNERS
$6.99
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2012 Fleer Retro Z-Force Rave #Z-42 Julius Erving PSA 10 GEM MINT
$24.02
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1986 Fleer Sticker #5 Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers Sharp Corners!
$7.00
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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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Steiner Julius Erving New York Nets Soars to Basket Signed 8x10 Photo
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Steiner Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers Dunking Signed 16x20 Photo
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Steiner Julius Erving New York Nets Soars to Basket Signed 16x20 Photo
$359.99
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76ERS "DR. J" JULIUS ERVING AUTHENTIC SIGNED BASKETBALL JSA #130805
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JULIUS ERVING "DR. J" SIGNED CONVERSE SNEAKER SHOES PSA DNA AUTO SIXERS 76ERS
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JULIUS ERVING "DR. J" SIGNED SIXERS WHITE HOME JERSEY AUTO AUTOGRAPH PSA 76ERS B
$299.99
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76ERS JULIUS ERVING AUTHENTIC SIGNED JERSEY GRADED PERFECT 10! PSA DNA #T78923
$439.99
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Julius Erving & Dave Cowens Rare signed SI mag PSA DNA
$225.00
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Julius Erving Dr. J Hand Signed Autographed Sixers Jersey Red PSA DNA 5a54293
$269.99
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Julius Erving Dr. J Hand Signed Autographed 76ers Jersey Blue PSA DNA 5a54313
$215.99
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Julius "Dr. J" Erving 76ers Signed & Framed 41x34 Custom Blue Jersey JSA
$599.00
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Julius "Dr. J" Erving Signed Authentic Autographed 11x14 Photo (PSA DNA) #G75185
$149.99
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Julius Erving Dr. J Hand Signed Autograph Jersey Philadelphia 76ers Wht PSA DNA
$269.99
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JULIUS "DR. J" ERVING AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 76ERS 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #77858
$159.00
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Julius Erving Larry Bird Magic Johnson Signed NBA Legends Custom Jersey PSA JSA
$539.10
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Julius Erving Dr. J 76ers Autographed Signed NBA Spalding Basketball JSA J30311
$249.00
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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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