It might sound like a broken record, but that does not make it any less true. Michael Jordan is a hobby superstar and almost anything bearing his likeness will see decent, if not considerable, interest. While autographs get much of the fanfare, game-used memorabilia cards for Michael Jordan are a top option for collectors. We take a look at some of the top Michael Jordan game-used cards below followed by some of the best budget cards.
To be clear, there are a ton of Michael Jordan game-used cards. From jerseys to warmups to shoes to courts, collectors have a lot of choices. Given the sheer number of total game-used cards for Michael Jordan and taking into account the extreme rarity of some, it would be hard to hard to compile a definitive list. Obviously, any Jordan card with a large piece of game-used gear, low-numbered options, any Exquisite card or anything with a patch immediately becomes a top collectible for many in the hobby.
For the purposes of this list, autographed versions were not included and extremely low-numbered cards were also omitted. Click on the listings or images to shop for singles on eBay and check below for more affordable Michael Jordan game-used cards.
Top Michael Jordan Game-Used Cards
Where it all began for Michael Jordan game-used collectors, 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jerseys is still one of the best options in the hobby. The large jersey piece for Jordan is made even more appealing since the back notes exactly where the swatch is from. Michael Jordan wore the jersey in question during the 1992-93 NBA All-Star.
Not quite as popular or valuable as the previous year, the 1998-99 Game Jersey card for Michael Jordan is nothing to look down on. This time only the season (1992-93) is noted in reference to when the jersey was worn by MJ.
This sure beats a company water bottle. In 1999, Upper Deck rewarded their employees with a special game-used jersey card for Michael Jordan that honored his second retirement from the NBA. While Jordan would give the NBA one more go, that has not hurt the long-term value or interest for this popular card, which is numbered to 275.
Round three of the Game Jersey line from Upper Deck took things up a notch by including a Patch version, shown below, in addition to the base jersey option. There is also a Super Patch version, which is numbered to 25.
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Two players that will always be compared based on their success, intensity and superstar legacies. Jersey pieces for both athletes are included on this limited Classic Duals card from 2001-02 Upper Deck. Although the card is not numbered, it is reportedly limited to 23 copies. There are also versions that pair Jordan with Larry Bird or Julius Erving.
What's better than a Michael Jordan card with one jersey piece? This 2001-02 Upper Deck Triple Jump Jersey insert features three different jersey pieces for Jordan on the same card and is numbered to just 25. There are also trio versions that combine Michael Jordan with Julius Erving and Kobe Bryant or Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, bigger is better. That is abundantly clear on these Extra Exquisite jersey cards from 2003-04 Exquisite Collection. There are two base versions, each numbered to 75, as well as a Duals parallel, limited to 25.
Featuring two Michael Jordan patch pieces on the same card, the only thing that could be better for this 2003-04 Ultimate Collection card is if the entire jersey area was just one big patch. Considering the quality of the patches, the print run of 50 seems downright gargantuan.
Another jumbo jersey option, 2004-05 Exquisite Collection Extra Exquisite has added appeal for Michael Jordan collectors because the jersey is from an All-Star game.
While their careers did not overlap, LeBron James is the current comparison to Michael Jordan that most people like to make. Although they are fundamentally different players, it is impossible to question their dominance on the game. This Rare Patches Dual insert features jersey patches for both players. The base version is numbered to 25, and the Silver Spectrum parallel, shown below, is limited to 10 copies.
Top Budget Michael Jordan Game-Used Cards
While the top Michael Jordan game-used jersey cards can run into the hundreds or thousands, not all collectors have the resources to add those cards to their collection. However, that does not mean they are out of luck as there are multiple Michael Jordan game-used cards that regularly sell for $50 or less. Some of the top budget Michael Jordan game-used card options are noted below.
A period that many would like to forget, Michael Jordan did play for an NBA team other than the Chicago Bulls. This means there are a decent amount of cards that cover Jordan's stint with the Washington Wizards and that includes game-used cards. The card below is part of the 3-D Warmups insert that included game-used warmups for Michael Jordan. These factors combine with the print run of 999 to keep prices low.
Part of a 12-card set that that paid tribute to Michael Jordan, the Upper Deck Hardcourt Game Floor cards include a small game-used court piece. While the actual court is not specified, these plentiful cards are an affordable option.
A more traditional Michael Jordan game-used jersey option, Missing Links was a relic insert that included several designs and multiple cards for Michael Jordan in 2007-08 Fleer products. Thanks to the larger print run and a good mix of designs, these are arguably the best budget options for game-used Michael Jordan cards.
Dual Game Materials was a large jersey insert set in 2009-10 Upper Deck and collectors could find several cards that included Michael Jordan. While the versions that pair Jordan with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James or Julius Erving can run a little higher, the Carmelo Anthony card is the most affordable.
Like the Washington Wizards cards, not everyone is going to be a fan of the Michael Jordan relics in Goodwin Champions. However, these are some of the most inexpensive ways to obtain a game-used jersey card for Michael Jordan and there are several years to pick between.