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

1991 NBA Hoops Larry bird #2
$5.00

Larry Bird Celtics - PANINI BASKET NBA 89 sticker #8
$40.00

Larry Bird HOF 1 of 49 Art Card Gem MT 10 Artist Autograph Celtics
$29.99

NIP 1991 FLEER BASKETBALL UNOPENED 53 CARD PACK - NBA MICHAEL JORDAN, LARRY BIRD
$11.99

97 LARRY BIRD BOSTON CELTICS 23K GOLD CARD GEM MINT 10
$9.45

LARRY BIRD 1984 STAR CELTICS CHAMPS AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$125.00

LARRY BIRD 1989 HOOPS AUTOGRAPH STEINER CERT. OF AUTHENTICITY
$75.00

2006 06-07 TOPPS CHROME NBA HOBBY SEALED BOX- DWYANE WADE SHAQ LARRY BIRD AUTO
$93.85

1988-89 Fleer #124 LARRY BIRD All Star Card -- MINT to GEM MINT -- CELTICS
$5.00

2013-14 Panini Prizm - Orange Prizm Hall Monitors - Larry Bird - #9 60!
$20.00

1980-81 Topps Fred Brown, Larry Bird RC, Ron Brewer #165 BVG 8 NM-Mt
$19.95

LARRY BIRD 2013 14 PANINI TIMELESS TREASURES ON CARD AUTOGRAPH #2 10 PSA 8
$225.00

1984 Star Boston Celtics Champs #14 Game 5 Larry Bird
$20.00

LARRY BIRD 2013 14 PANINI TIMELESS TREASURES AUTOGRAPH #3 25 graded PSA 8
$155.00

1986 Fleer Larry Bird #9 Basketball Card Graded PSA 7!!!!
$6.59

2013-14 Elite Series Inserts #29 Larry Bird
$5.00
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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 Signed Photograph Pricing:

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MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 COLOR PHOTO WITH LARRY BIRD - PSA DNA CERT
$65.00

MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 COLOR PHOTO WITH LARRY BIRD - PSA DNA CERT
$65.00

Autographed Signed LARRY BIRD Boston Celtics Home Jersey STEINER COA
$83.00

Steiner Magic Johnson Signed with Larry Bird On Court B W 16X20 Photo
$249.99

Steiner Magic Johnson Signed Larry Bird with Trophy 16X20 Photo
$249.99

Steiner Larry Bird Signed I O Basketball (Signed In Silver)
$349.99

Steiner Larry Bird Signed Green Boston Celtics Jersey (JSA)
$649.99

LARRY BIRD Hand Signed Celtics Logo Authentic Basketball STEINER
$495.00

MICHAEL JORDAN & LARRY BIRD Dual Signed "Battle Tested" Photo UDA LE 33
$1,995.00

LARRY BIRD Hand Signed Celtics White Authetnic Jersey STEINER
$649.00

Larry Bird signed Upper Deck (UDA) "Celtic Pride" Sports Illustrated w COA
$135.95

LARRY BIRD AUTO SIGNED CELTICS 8X10 PHOTO COA MOUNTED MEMORIES HOL
$299.95

MICHIGAN STATE MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO W LARRY BIRD PSA ITP
$79.99

LAKERS MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO VS LARRY BIRD PSA DNA ITP #6A17576
$49.99

LARRY BIRD & MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED ARTWORK - JSA LOA
$400.00

CELTICS LARRY BIRD AUTHENTIC SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 1983 PSA DNA #U52429
$179.99
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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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