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.

1980 81 Topps Basketball 34 Larry Bird RC 174 Julius Erving Magic Johnson RC 139  Image

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.

1980 81 Topps 47 Scott May 30 Larry Bird 232 Jack Sikma Image1980 81 Topps 143 Marques Johnson 30 Larry Bird 232 Jack Sikma Image

1980 81 Topps 146 Junior Bridgeman 31 Larry Bird 198 Ron Brewer Image1980 81 Topps 228 Fred Brown 31 Larry Bird 198 Ron Brewer Image

1980 81 Topps 34 Larry Bird 164 Bill Cartwright 23 John Drew Image

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1998-99 Upper Deck D7 Larry Bird Retro Celtics MT
$5.00
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1988-89 Fleer #8 Larry Bird Celtics MT
$7.50
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1980 TOPPS Basketball Card (Larry Bird Julius Erving Magic Johnson )
$50.00
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7 Larry Bird cards
$7.99
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1986 Star Court Kings #4 Larry Bird SSA 8
$19.97
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*1995 HIGHLAND MINT-CARD SPORTS COLLECTION HARDCOURT LEGENDS BRONZE LARRY BIRD*
$5.75
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1993 FINEST REFRACTOR #2 LARRY BIRD CELTICS HOF POP 6 PSA 10
$1,100.00
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1981 1982 Topps #4 Larry Bird CELTICS SGC graded 8.5's and 9
$100.00
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2000 Legends Master Collection Living Legends Autographs #LL4 Larry Bird 50
$166.95
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2013-14 Basketball SP Authenitc - Larry Bird - Canvas Card
$6.99
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Larry Bird lot of basketball cards, Fleer and NBA Hoops
$6.00
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1980-81 Topps Basketball 198-31-228 Brewer-Bird- Brown near mint
$7.99
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1981 TOPPS EAST #101 LARRY BIRD LOT OF 64 NMMT K28756
$275.20
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1994 TOPPS FINEST BOSTON CELTIC LARRY BIRD CARD # 2 *RARE*
$6.88
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LARRY BIRD #39 1990 NBA HOOPS BASKETBALL CARD EXCELLENT
$5.99
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SCOTT MAY LARRY BIRD JACK SIKMA 1980-81 Topps Panel 48 Celtics
$25.00
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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 Cut Signature Image

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 Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Larry Bird Hand Signed Autographed NBA Full Size I O Basketball Celtics PSA DNA
$249.99
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Larry Bird Hand Signed Autographed NBA Official Champion Celtics Jersey PSA DNA
$299.99
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MAGIC JOHNSON Signed Michigan State 1979 Title Game 16x20 w Larry Bird - PSA DNA
$85.14
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MICHAEL JORDAN, LARRY BIRD & MAGIC JOHNSON Signed Official NBA Basketball - UDA
$1,547.14
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MAGIC JOHNSON Signed Lakers Shooting Over Larry Bird 16x20 Photo - PSA DNA
$85.14
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LARRY BIRD & MAGIC JOHNSON Dual-Signed 12 14 1992 Sports Illustrated - PSA DNA
$196.94
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Larry BIRD MAGIC Johnson Julius ERVING Signed 1980 Topps Rookie RC Card PSA DNA
$909.35
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CELTICS LARRY BIRD AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 91 HOOPS MCDONALDS #52 PSA DNA SLABBED
$89.99
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MICHAEL JORDAN, LARRY BIRD & MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED BASKETBALL UDA & PSA #5A60631
$1,999.99
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LARRY BIRD & MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED 8X10 FORUM FLOORBOARD BIRD HOLO & PSA DNA ITP
$499.99
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LAKERS MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO VS LARRY BIRD PSA DNA #4A92571
$79.99
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Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird Multi-Signed Photo UDA AUTO
$2,499.99
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Michael Jordan vs Larry Bird SIGNED 16x20 Framed Autographed UDA
$2,600.00
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Magic Johnson Larry Bird Dual Hand Signed Auto 16x20 Photo LA Lakers PSA DNA GA
$226.99
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Magic Johnson Larry Bird Hand Signed Autographed 16x20 Photo Framed Retire PSA
$296.99
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LARRY BIRD, MAGIC JOHNSON & JAMES WORTHY SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO BIRD HOLO & PSA DNA
$249.99
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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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