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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1991 Larry Bird - Insert from A Basketball Legend - RARE --- FREE Shipping
$12.99
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Larry Bird Boston Celtics Basketball Card Lot NBA
$9.95
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2013-14 13 14 PANINI SIGNATURES LARRY BIRD SILVER PARALLEL 15 SSP RARE CELTICS
$10.99
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1981 TOPPS LARRY BIRD BASKETBALL CARD PSA 6 EX-MT #101
$12.99
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1993-94 finest refractor LARRY BIRD. NON-AUTO, BGS 8,5 WITH 3 9'S
$44.99
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2003-04 Ultimate Collection #165 Larry Bird 274 500 Celtics B44620
$19.97
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2006-07 Finest Moments Refractors #LB Larry Bird Celtics B44622
$14.97
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1992 Upper Deck #33a LARRY BIRD--PSA EX-MT 6
$6.25
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Larry Bird Boston Celtics Sports Heroes, Feats & Facts sheet #11
$5.49
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**WONDERFUL**NBA GREATS *LARRY BIRD, MAGIC JOHNSON, BILL RUSSEL, ELGIN BAYLOR ++
$6.50
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2005 TOPPS #33 LARRY BIRD MINT *711811
$6.00
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LARRY BIRD MAGIC JOHNSON JULIUS ERVING 1980 TOPPS ROOKIE RC PSA 8 MINT CENTERED
$400.00
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1986 - 1987 Fleer Basketball Larry Bird Boston Celtics Card grade 9 Modern
$9.95
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Larry Bird 2010 Upper Deck World Of Sports Clear Competitors Card # CC4 550
$12.00
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1989 FLEER LARRY BIRD SGC 9
$8.99
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1980 Topps Dr. J Larry Bird Magic Johnson Rookie Card SGC 88 Basketball Erving
$354.99
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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 & MAGIC JOHNSON ETERNAL RIVALS SIGNED ( AUTH FORUM FLOORBOARD) PSA
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MICHIGAN STATE MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO W LARRY BIRD PSA ITP
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LAKERS MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO VS LARRY BIRD PSA DNA ITP #6A17576
$49.99
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Steiner Larry Bird Smoking Cigar Signed B W 16x20 Photo (Larry Bird Holo Only)
$230.00
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CELTICS LARRY BIRD AUTHENTIC SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 1983 PSA DNA #U52429
$179.99
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CELTICS LARRY BIRD AUTHENTIC SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 1980 PSA DNA #U52433
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INDIANA STATE LARRY BIRD AUTHENTIC SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 1979 PSA #U52430
$179.99
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LARRY BIRD CELTICS AUTO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SPORT LEGENDS MAGAZINE RARE PSA DNA
$149.00
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Larry Bird Autographed Signed Sporting News Cover Indiana State PSA DNA #T19876
$99.00
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Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo UDA #BAA26008
$399.00
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Larry Bird Signed 8x10 NBA Boston Celtics Photo PSA DNA
$149.00
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LARRY BIRD & MAGIC JOHNSON AUTHENTIC SIGNED 20X30 PHOTO BIRD HOLO & PSA #S45619
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Larry Bird AND Magic Johnson Signed Autographed 16 X 20 Photo PSA DNA COA PROOF
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Larry Bird Signed Boston Celtics 1994 Signature Rookies Tetrad Titan Card JSA
$195.00
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LARRY BIRD, JULIUS ERVING & MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED CARD 1980 TOPPS PSA DNA SLABBED
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LARRY BIRD AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CELTICS GREEN JERSEY PSA DNA
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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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