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.

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Michael Jordan Larry Bird 1990-91 Fleer Basketball Card Set
$8.03

2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Artist Proof #273 Larry Bird Boston Celtics Card 2d0
$7.24

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Julius Erving 1980 Topps
$33.00

2008-09 Topps Signature Red Foil Facsimile Signatures #TS-LB Larry Bird 869 0d7
$10.25

1980-81 Topps Larry Bird Rookie #34...Single Panel...BVG BGS 8...NM-MT.
$12.50

2014 Panini Select Silver Prizm 201 Courtside Larry Bird Team USA (Olympics) 0c6
$6.25

2008-09 UPPER DECK BLACK MAGIC JOHNSON LARRY BIRD DUAL AUTO JERSEY 08 10!!
$495.00

1980-81 Topps Separated #30 Larry Bird Boston Celtics Rookie Basketball Card 1u5
$24.25

2015-16 Panini Noir Larry Bird JUMBO GU PRIME PATCH RELIC 1 5 SP RARE CELTICS
$36.00

1981 1982 Topps Basketball Cards All 2nd Year Larry Bird (5) EX NRMT
$9.50

HOLOFAME ISNERTS 29CT 1999-00 UPPER DECK HOLOGRFX W LARRY BIRD DR.J DUNCAN
$14.99

1980 Topps #JBLBRB Junior Bridgeman Larry Bird Ron Brewer RC Basketball Card 2j0
$9.75

1993 LARRY BIRD RETIREMENT NIGHT NEW IN BOX COMMEMORATIVE LARRY BIRD PIN
$10.00

15-16 Panini National Treasures Team USA Larry Bird Auto Celtics 09 25
$82.00

2014-15 Court Kings 2 on 2 Larry Bird McHale Erving Malone Game Used Jersey 99
$12.50

2002-03 Upper Deck Generations All-Time Authentics #LB Larry Bird Celtics C52247
$30.00
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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 Magic Johnson Dual Signed Autographed 16X20 Photo College PSA DNA
$199.99

LARRY BIRD & KEVIN MCHALE BOSTON CELTICS HOF SIGNED MINI BASKETBALLS PSA DNA QO
$28.06

Larry Bird Magic Johnson Dual Signed Autographed 16X20 Photo Smear PSA W52506
$199.99

LARRY BIRD Signed Auto Dec.11, 1989 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine - PSA DNA COA
$149.00

Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Dual Signed Authentic 16x20 Photo PSA DNA #X02199
$249.99

LARRY BIRD & MAGIC JOHNSON Signed "Arch Rivals" 36 x 18 Photo UDA LE 50
$985.50

Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird Los Angeles Lakers Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA LE 9 32
$79.95

Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Dual Lakers Celtics Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA #1
$199.99

Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Dual Lakers Celtics Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA #2
$199.99

Julius Erving Larry Bird Magic Johnson Signed Spalding Basketball PSA
$499.00

Dennis Johnson SIGNED SCA COA Boston Celtics Larry Bird era Red Auerbach JSA PSA
$59.99

Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Signed 16x20 PSA
$184.99

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Hand Signed Autograph 20x30 Photo Suits PSA DNA U17954
$299.99

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Hand Signed Autograph 20x30 Photo Suits PSA DNA U17952
$299.99

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Hand Signed Autograph 20x30 Photo Suits PSA DNA U17953
$299.99

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Vintage 1992 USA UDA
$239.99
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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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