1986-87 Fleer Basketball Cards

1986-87 Fleer Basketball Cards


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1986-87 Fleer Basketball is one of the most important sports card sets of all-time. Boasting rookie cards from several all-time greats, including Michael Jordan, it is one of the most collected and most valuable sets of the last 40 years.

When Topps bowed out of the basketball card market after their 1981-82 set, it left a void in the hobby. Although the Star Company stepped in and made NBA cards, they had extremely low print runs and were extremely rare. They also had printing issues and major counterfeit issues. As a result, the Star Company sets are not seen as mainstream sets.

Which brings collectors to 1986-87 Fleer Basketball. The sport's first traditional set in five years, the checklist has 132 cards. There are also 11 stickers, which come one per pack.

Because of the lull in sets, the majority of the checklist is made of rookie cards. The list of greats is enough to fill a wing of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Michael Jordan is, by far, the most sought after card in the set. It routinely sells for four figures. A BGS 10 Jordan rookie sold for $100,000 in June, 2011.

Other 1986-87 Fleer Basketball rookies include Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Clyde Drexler, Dominique Wilkins, Isiah Thomas, Hakeem Olajuwon, Joe Dumars and Chris Mullin.

The cards have a distinct design highlighted by borders that are red, white and blue. A thin yellow frame holds in both the player photo and nameplate. The bottom of the card has the player's name, team and position. The crown-style Fleer logo appears at the top of the card with a small ribbon that reads "Premier," highlighting the fact that it's the company's first basketball card set.

Because 1986-87 Fleer Basketball is such a popular set, collectors should be extremely careful buying high-end singles, especially those in top condition. The simple printing techniques of the time made it easy for counterfeits. When shopping for the best cards in the set, many collectors may want to consider buying professionally graded cards from reputable companies like PSA, BGS and SGC.

Key 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Cards:

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Set Checklist

 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

132 cards.

1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2 Alvan Adams
3 Mark Aguirre RC
4 Danny Ainge RC
5 John Bagley RC
6 Thurl Bailey RC
7 Charles Barkley RC
8 Benoit Benjamin RC
9 Larry Bird
10 Otis Birdsong
11 Rolando Blackman RC
12 Manute Bol RC
13 Sam Bowie RC
14 Joe Barry Carroll
15 Tom Chambers RC
16 Maurice Cheeks
17 Michael Cooper
18 Wayne Cooper
19 Pat Cummings
20 Terry Cummings RC
21 Adrian Dantley
22 Brad Davis RC
23 Walter Davis
24 Darryl Dawkins
25 Larry Drew
26 Clyde Drexler RC
27 Joe Dumars RC
28 Mark Eaton RC
29 James Edwards
30 Alex English
31 Julius Erving
32 Patrick Ewing RC
33 Vern Fleming RC
34 Sleepy Floyd RC
35 World B. Free
36 George Gervin
37 Artis Gilmore
38 Mike Gminski
39 Rickey Green
40 Sidney Green
41 David Greenwood
42 Darrell Griffith
43 Bill Hanzlik
44 Derek Harper RC
45 Gerald Henderson
46 Roy Hinson
47 Craig Hodges RC
48 Phil Hubbard
49 Jay Humphries RC
50 Dennis Johnson
51 Eddie Johnson RC
52 Frank Johnson RC
53 Magic Johnson
54 Marques Johnson
55 Steve Johnson
56 Vinnie Johnson
57 Michael Jordan RC
58 Clark Kellogg RC
59 Albert King
60 Bernard King
61 Bill Laimbeer
62 Allen Leavell
63 Lafayette Lever RC
64 Alton Lister
65 Lewis Lloyd
66 Maurice Lucas
67 Jeff Malone RC
68 Karl Malone RC
69 Moses Malone
70 Cedric Maxwell
71 Rodney McCray RC
72 Xavier McDaniel RC
73 Kevin McHale
74 Mike Mitchell
75 Sidney Moncrief
76 Johnny Moore
77 Chris Mullin RC
78 Larry Nance RC
79 Calvin Natt
80 Norm Nixon
81 Charles Oakley RC
82 Akeem Olajuwon RC
83 Louis Orr
84 Robert Parrish
85 Jim Paxson
86 Sam Perkins RC
87 Ricky Pierce RC
88 Paul Pressey RC
89 Kurt Rambis RC
90 Robert Reid
91 Doc Rivers RC
92 Alvin Robertson RC
93 Cliff Robinson
94 Tree Rollins
95 Dan Roundfield
96 Jeff Ruland
97 Ralph Sampson RC
98 Danny Schayes RC
99 Byron Scott RC
100 Purvis Short
101 Jerry Sichting
102 Jack Sikma
103 Derek Smith
104 Larry Smith
105 Rory Sparrow
106 Steve Stipanovich
107 Terry Teagle
108 Reggie Theus
109 Isiah Thomas RC
110 LaSalle Thompson RC
111 Mychal Thompson
112 Sedale Threatt RC
113 Wayman Tisdale RC
114 Andrew Toney
115 Kelly Tripucka RC
116 Mel Turpin
117 Kiki Vandeweghe RC
118 Jay Vincent
119 Bill Walton
120 Spud Webb RC
121 Dominique Wilkins RC
122 Gerald Wilkins RC
123 Buck Williams RC
124 Gus Williams
125 Herb Williams RC
126 Kevin Willis RC
127 Randy Wittman
128 Al Wood
129 Mike Woodson
130 Orlando Woolridge RC
131 James Worthy RC
132 Checklist
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Stickers Set Checklist

11 cards. Inserted one per pack.

1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2 Larry Bird
3 Adrian Dantley
4 Alex English
5 Julius Erving
6 Patrick Ewing
7 Magic Johnson
8 Michael Jordan
9 Akeem Olajuwon
10 Isiah Thomas
11 Dominique Wilkins
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Ryan Cracknell  |  E-Mail Author
Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Reviews

  1. Michael Jordan rookie is the highlight of this very expensive set. It sells at a very high price, especially when graded. The design and photography are nothing to write home about. I still would’nt mind having the set.

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