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

2009-10 Rookies & Stars Moments In Time Larry Bird
$6.00

LARRY BIRD 2007 08 SWEET SHOTS SIGNATURE SHOTS AUTOGRAPH AUTO 50
$88.35

2013-14 Panini Crusade Insert Red #291 Larry Bird 349 - NM-MT
$7.00

2012-13 Fleer Retro LARRY BIRD *THRILL SEEKERS INSERT SSP* RARE
$19.99

Larry Bird 1986 Fleer Sticker #2 NM
$19.00

LARRY BIRD 2013-14 PANINI TIMELESS TREASURES PERENNIAL MATERIALS PATCH 6 10
$16.50

1981 82 Topps Larry Bird basketball card graded 10 gem mint HOF Celtics $700 bv
$25.00

Kobe Bryant Larry Bird Robinson Gervin 2009-10 SP Game Used Quad Jersey #107 125
$99.99

1980-1981 Topps Magic Johnson Larry Bird Rookie Card + Dr J 76ers Lakers Celtics
$98.00

LARRY BIRD LIME ROCK PROD.AUTO YESTERDAY,TODAY,FOREVER LMTD EDITON - 1992
$25.99

1993 FINEST REFRACTOR #2 LARRY BIRD HOF POP 5 PSA 10 K1808228-760
$829.99

PSA 8 LARRY BIRD Sportscaster Basketball #74-18 ROOKIE CARD
$750.00

2012 13 Upper Deck Fleer Retro 96-97 Molten Metal #19 Larry Bird
$18.95

RARE LARRY BIRD 1991 HOOPS BASKETBALL PROTOTYPE CARD MINT BOSTON CELTICS *21
$8.00

1992 SkyBox Larry Bird #102 PSA 10 GEM MINT! Magic on Bird USA Basketball (HOF!)
$25.00

Larry Bird 2014 Prizm Variation Refractor! Celtics
$6.99
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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 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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MICHAEL JORDAN & LARRY BIRD Dual Signed "Match Up" Photo UDA LE 50
$2,495.00

LARRY BIRD MAGIC JOHNSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NBA SPALDING BASKETBALL PSA DNA
$249.99

LARRY BIRD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NBA SPALDING BASKETBALL PSA DNA COA BOSTON CELTICS
$179.99

Larry Bird Magic Johnson Dual Signed Autographed 16X20 Photo Vintage College PSA
$229.99

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

Larry Bird Signed Full Size Spalding Basketball AUTO STEINER COA Celtics HOF
$109.50

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Hand Signed Autograph 20x30 Photo Trophy PSA DNA U17951
$299.99

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

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

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

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Hand Signed Autograph 20x30 Photo Trophy PSA DNA U17948
$299.99

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Hand Signed Autograph 8x10 Photo Trophy PSA DNA U19679
$149.99

Larry Bird & Magic Johnson Dual Hand Signed Autographed 16x20 Photo PSA DNA 5996
$349.99

Larry Bird signed Celtics jersey Steiner Larry Bird holo
$400.00

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

1989 Boston Celtics Team Signed Program JSA Larry Bird Dennis Johnson + 10
$149.99
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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.

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