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

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 #2551972-73 Topps Julius Erving #263

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2013-14 Fleer Retro Ultra Star Power Supreme Julius Erving Die-Cut Insert Card
$15.00

2013-14 Exquisite Spectrum Set 10 Card Lot 10 10 Bill Russell Dr J Julius Erving
$125.00

1986 FLEER BASKETBALL #31 JULIUS ERVING MINT
$29.00

2013-14 PANINI PRIZM JULIUS ERVING BLUE GREEN MOSAIC PRIZMS REFRACTOR INSERT HOF
$6.00

2013-14 PANINI PRIZM #221 JULIUS ERVING "BLUE PRIZM REFRACTOR" SP #123 199 76ERS
$14.35

JULIUS ERVING DARRYL DAWKINS 04 SPGU DUAL AUTOGRAPH 25
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2013-14 Fleer Retro Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers Maximum Metal 10 of 20
$7.99

2009-10 Upper Deck Dual Game Materials Michael Jordan Julius Erving Card
$59.99

2012-13 EXQUISITE JULIUS ERVING MAGIC JOHNSON DUAL BLACK SIGNATURES AUTO # 8 10
$499.99

1977-78 Topps Basketball singles lot Julius Erving Wes Unseld Bill Walton
$7.99

BCCG 9 1972-73 TOPPS #255 JULIUS ERVING ALL STAR A S 3494 BB
$39.95

1986-87 FLEER BASKETBALL JULIUS ERVING #31 PSA 8 Philadelphia 76er Well Centered
$23.99

1987-88 Fleer #35 Julius Erving - NM-MT+
$8.52

1986-87 FLEER STICKER #5 JULIUS ERVING SGC 96 K1597211-029
$99.99

1986-87 FLEER #31 JULIUS ERVING SGC 88 K1597182-031
$21.99

2 lot 1984 1985 STAR BASKETBALL CARDS JULIUS ERVING 76ers #4 and #22
$7.19
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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

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 Photo

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Julius Dr. J Erving Signed Official Authentic ABA Basketball JSA ITP
$329.00

Julius Erving Signed Sixers Throwback Jersey Inscribed "Dr J" (JSA COA)
$190.00

Julius Dr J Erving SIGNED Official MLB Baseball JSA COA Basketball Nets 76ers
$89.00

JULIUS DR J ERVING 76ERS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED BASKETBALL
$325.00

JULIUS DR.J ERVING HAND SIGNED GEM MINT ABA BASKETBALL PSA DNA FULL PHOTO LOA
$164.99

JULIUS ERVING SIGNED AUTOGRAPH BASKETBALL LEGEND DR. J 11X14 PHOTO JSA L74061
$262.50

Larry Bird, Julius Erving & Magic Johnson Signed 11X14 Photo Holo & PSA #U14309
$349.99

UDA Michael Jordan & Julius Erving Dual Signed 'Slam Dunk' 16x20 Image - LE 150
$1,499.99

"Dr. J" Julius Erving Signed Basketball Philadelphia 76ers MOUNTED MEMORIES
$99.99

Julius Erving Signed Philadelphia 76ers Jersey w MVP 1981 & Dr.J inscr Steiner
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Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers Dunking Signed 16x20 Photo Steiner COA
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Julius Erving New Jersey Nets Tip-off Signed 16x20 Photo Steiner COA
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Julius Erving Signed New York Nets Adidas Swingman Jersey Steiner COA
$499.99

Julius "Dr. J" Erving Signed Ticket Stub from 2005 Heat Spurs Game - PSA Auth!!
$39.99

Julius Dr. J Erving Signed Philadelphia 76ers 8x10 Photo PSA DNA - U22385
$125.00

Julius "Dr. J". Erving Signed Upper Deck Slam Dunk Contest 16x20 Photo PSA DNA
$299.99
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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. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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