Larry Bird Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Larry Bird

Date of Birth: 12/7/1956
Rookie Card Year: 1980-81
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

Larry Bird clearly put his mark on the NBA as a member of the Boston Celtics. His stellar play and head-to-head battles with Magic Johnson helped push the NBA into the forefront and ultimately paved a path for Michael Jordan to emerge as the first true NBA superstar. As a result, Larry Bird cards and memorabilia are among the most popular options among retired players.

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After an impressive three years at Indiana State University, Larry Bird was selected by the Boston Celtics with the sixth overall pick in the 1978 NB Draft. "Larry Legend" enjoyed a successful NBA career that spanned 13 seasons, and included 12 All-Star appearances and three NBA championships, to go along with three regular season MVPs and two Finals MVPs.

All issued after his retirement, Larry Bird has a ton of autographed cards available for collectors. Unlike his cards, Larry Bird autographed memorabilia carries a premium and is not as readily available. Larry Bird only has one rookie true card for collectors, and he shares the card with two other Hall of Fame players.

Larry Bird Rookie Cards

1980-81 Topps Basketball #34 Larry Bird RC, #174 Julius Erving, Magic Johnson RC #139 

While it would be nice if Larry Bird had his very own rookie card, you could not ask for better company. Bird is joined by his biggest on-court competitor, Magic Johnson, and Julius Erving. This is also the only rookie card for Magic Johnson. Few cards in the history of basketball collecting are more important than this special rookie card.

There are also five other multi-player cards in 1980-81 Topps that feature Larry Bird, including:

  • #47 Scott May, #30 Larry Bird, #232 Jack Sikma
  • #143 Marques Johnson, #30 Larry Bird, #232 Jack Sikma
  • #146 Junior Bridgeman, #31 Larry Bird, #198 Ron Brewer
  • #228 Fred Brown, #31 Larry Bird,  #198 Ron Brewer
  • #34 Larry Bird, #164 Bill Cartwright, #23 John Drew

The last card in particular is the most similar to the famed rookie card, as Bird occupies the left spot and the card features the same image of Bird as seen above. All five present an appealing budget option for collectors who cannot afford the main version with Magic and Dr. J.

Top eBay Listings

1995 LARRY BIRD HIGHLAND MINT BRONZE CARD LIMITED # W COA + CASE NM
$39.99

2013-14 PANINI PREFERRED NBA PRIDE BLUE LARRY BIRD AUTO 2 15 SP AUTO CELTICS !!!
$90.00

1985 STAR BOSTON CELTICS TEAM SUPERS 5x7 SET LARRY BIRD
$49.95

2006-07 TOPPS TRADEMARK MOVES LEVEL 1 LARRY BIRD AUTO SP 5 19 CELTICS HOF AUTO
$90.00

2014-15 SPx #32 Larry Bird - NM-MT -Indiana State Sycamores
$5.99

2008-09 Press Pass Legends Silver #43 Larry Bird 199
$6.00

2008-09 (CELTICS) Topps Chrome Refractors #169 Larry Bird
$6.00

2011-12 FLEER RETRO LARRY BIRD AUTO!!
$80.00

Larry Bird 2014-15 Prizm Refractor Prizm #232 Celtics
$5.00

SUPER RARE LOT OF 8 DIFFERENT LARRY BIRD APBA AND STATIS CARDS
$17.99

**1986-87 Fleer Basketball cards #9 Larry Bird NBA Boston Celtics Indiana
$27.00

Larry Bird Upper Deck SP 1992 9 Mint Graded Basketball Card 33a
$11.97

2008-09 (CELTICS) Topps Signature Fascimile Red #TSLB Larry Bird 869
$6.40

2008-09 (CELTICS) Topps Treasury Refractors Silver #92 Larry Bird 199
$6.40

Larry Bird Basketball 2 Cards Lot NBA
$6.00

2008-09 (CELTICS) Upper Deck Starquest Cyan #SQ3 Larry Bird
$10.00
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Autograph Guide

Larry Bird Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Larry Bird'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.

Larry Bird Cut Signature Exemplar

Larry Bird Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Larry Bird 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. Larry Bird has fairly distinct signature thanks to his looping style.
  2. The signature begins with a large cursive "L" that extends over the whole first name.
  3. The "a-r-r" is generally distinguishable but can become jumbled together.
  4. The "y" is always legible and the bottom loop normally connects back into the letter.
  5. The cursive "B" starts the last name and immediately transitions to the remainder of the last name.
  6. The "i-r-d" is clearly distinguishable and the "i" is not dotted.
  7. The "d" is implied with an upward curving finish.

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*Larry Bird RARE Signed Boston Celtics NBA HOF 8x10 Photo Mounted Memories COA*
$149.99

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson Dual Signed Basketball JSA LOA
$310.00

1981 LARRY BIRD AUTO AUTOGRAPH SIGNED LITHOGRAPH MICHAEL ZANE 9 50 PSA DNA
$200.00

Larry Bird Celtics Signed Spalding I O NBA Replica Basketball JSA + Bird Holo
$269.00

Larry Bird Autographed Signed Indiana State Nike Jersey JSA COA NWT
$209.99

Michael Jordan Magic Johnson Larry Bird Triple Autograph Signed 18x44 Photo UDA
$929.99

Larry Bird & Dominique Wilkins signed 16 x 20 framed Boston Celtics photo. Psa!
$385.00

MICHAEL JORDAN,MAGIC JOHNSON & LARRY BIRD Signed Molten Basketball LE 92 UDA
$2,995.00

Larry Bird Hand Signed Autographed MLB Major League Baseball Celtics PSA DNA
$169.99

Larry Bird Celtics Autograph Signed PSA 5X7 PSA
$43.00

Larry Bird Magic Johnson Dual-Signed Framed College 16x20 Photo JSA + Bird Holo
$299.00

LARRY BIRD HOFer PSA CERT signed1993 Hobby Edition Legend Sports Program MINT!!
$59.99

1991 Hoops Larry Bird A Basketball Legend Signed Insert Card BGS 9.5 JSA 10 Auto
$299.00

1989-90 Hoops Larry Bird Signed Card BGS 9 with 9 Auto JSA Boston Celtics
$199.00

1988-89 Fleer Larry Bird Signed Card BGS 8.5 PERFECT 10 Auto JSA Celtics
$199.00

Autographed Signed EARVIN MAGIC JOHNSON Lakers 8x10 Photo w Larry Bird JSA COA
$49.99
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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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