Michael Jordan has the Midas Touch in the collecting world and that extends even to his hobbies. MJ's basketball cards will always be the top choice for many collectors, but the Michael Jordan golf cards present an intriguing alternative and they can command strong interest in their own right.
While he played professional basketball and baseball during his storied career, Jordan always had a special place in his life for golf. Jordan could be found on the golf course regularly throughout his active playing days and he obviously has a lot more free time now.
The golf course is also the site of many of his gambling stories, with reports that his bets would reach into the hundreds of thousands and his debts would push into the millions. When Jordan was remarried in April of 2013, the reception took place at a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf club in Jupiter, Florida. Plus, he has a sweet golf cart.
To be clear, Michael Jordan golf cards do not carry the same values as the MJ basketball cards. However, collectors have still taken notice and the cards can be viewed along the same lines as the Michael Jordan baseball cards. While cards displaying Jordan's affinity for golf are not a new concept, 2012 saw an influx that captured the attention of many collectors and 2014 also was a strong year for Michael Jordan golf collectors.
The following list goes deep into the Michael Jordan golf card database but should not be considered a complete checklist given the many low-numbered cards. True golf sets are still not a regular occurrence, so several early cards on the list are oddball or unlicensed cards featuring "His Airness."
Top Michael Jordan Golf Cards
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Top Michael Jordan Golf Base Cards
This might be stretching it a little, but the card does feature a Michael Jordan golf image on the back. These dollar bin cards helped first expose the collecting world to Jordan's love for the sport.
Paying tribute to Michael Jordan after his retirement (the first time), Upper Deck issued a "Rare Air" factory set that included 90 cards of Jordan. Four of these cards (#32, #33, #34, #35) featured Jordan engaging in some aspect of golf. Card #32 shows Jordan putting in work on his clubs. This less glamorous look at Jordan is a nice change from the dominant, aggressive persona he normally exudes. Also, he is wearing a crazy outfit.
Another cheap option for collectors, this Michael Jordan golf card came in the basketball version of Collector's Choice. Jordan was already playing baseball at this point, but Upper Deck learned quickly to include Jordan in every product possible. The basketball card shows Jordan playing baseball on the front and teeing off at the golf course on the back.
Also found in 94-95 Collector's Choice Basketball, this Michael Jordan card is part of the Profiles subset and features Jordan dressed in all-white golfing attire.
While Michael Jordan was not included in any traditional releases as a golfer for some time, collectors were treated to several options in 2012. The Parade of Stars subset card for Michael Jordan was part of a short-printed 30-card set in 2012 SP Authentic Golf that averaged 1:2.5 packs.
This base card from 2012 SP Game Used features a nice current design. Unfortunately, as evidenced by his outfit, this card shows us that Michael Jordan cannot make everything look good.
Easily the rarest base card, 2014 Exquisite Golf offers a vintage Michael Jordan image and is limited to 125 copies.
Although he was left out of the base set in 2012, Jordan was included in the 2014 SP Authentic Golf base set and also in the Authentic Moments subset with Tiger Woods.
With a little more design elements in this 2014 SP Game Used base card for Michael Jordan, the card has just enough going on to keep it from being plain.
Top Michael Jordan Golf Autograph and Insert Cards
A very popular short print, this on-card autograph from Parade of Stars in 2012 SP Authentic Golf features a dialed-in Michael Jordan watching his shot.
Sign of the Times from 2012 SP Authentic is a recurring insert used by Upper Deck in many of their products. This rare card is part of the Group A autographs, which were pulled at a rate of 1:2714 packs across five total signers. Jordan was also featured in the Sign of the Times set in 2014 SP Authentic.
In addition to the base version, there is also a limited dual autograph that pairs Jordan with Tiger Woods. Two greats make this card very popular with collectors. The two were also matched up in 2014 SP Authentic.
This very unique design in 2012 SP Game Used made big waves when collectors first caught a glimpse. The card incorporates a slab of metal that is designed to resemble the clubface of a driver.
In the base silver version, Jordan signed using a blue pen. The print run was never announced but the Michael Jordan golf card was in Group B, along with four other golfers. The overall odds for Group B were 1:143 packs and the individual odds for the Jordan card fell at 1:715 packs.
Other versions include Persimmon Blonde (#/15), Black (#/10), Red & White (#/5), and Persimmon Dark (#/3). All versions of this card sell very well.
Exquisite Collection made its golf debut in 2014 and Michael Jordan was included in several autograph sets. Dimensions remains one of the best card designs and the on-card autograph and shadowbox effect make for a very distinct Michael Jordan card.
Endorsements has long been a staple of the Exquisite brand and it is clear why they continued it in the high-end 2014 Exquisite Golf product. A large signature area and limited run are enough to overcome the sight of Michael Jordan in striped shorts. There are also more limited Dual and Triple Endorsements that include Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
One of the most ornate Michael Jordan cards available, the Exquisite Collection Signature Masterpieces cards are heavy on gold foil and takes things even further with gold ink.
Top Michael Jordan Golf Oddball Cards
Likely the first Michael Jordan golf cards, these unlicensed cards are popular despite an unknown origin. The yellow-bordered "Jordan Knows Golf" card from Aamer Sport was printed in "Taiwain" and includes Jordan's full name on the front of the card. The black and white card alludes to Jordan's Nike shoe line and provides no background information.
The Slam Dunk cards feature two different Michael Jordan golf cards. The cards are all part of larger Michael Jordan sets that mostly include basketball and baseball images.
One of the rarest Michael Jordan cards of all-time, this promotional release covered the celebrity participants in a golfing event at Caesars Palace. Michael Jordan was the first card in the set and they rarely surface. A PSA 10 copy sold for $2,325 in 2014.
This card always makes me chuckle. Perhaps the least intimidating image of Jordan, this was a promotional card issued by Sports Sensations for the 1994 National Sports Collectors Convention in Houston, TX. Despite being limited to a reported print run of 5000, these can be found for pretty cheap. This was part of a set of Michael Jordan cards issued for the event and are found in gold and silver versions. The silver card is shown below.
Sports Illustrated for Kids is an interesting product that was unlikely to ever have much collectible value. However, some cards have become quite popular, namely the 1996 Sports Illustrated for Kids Tiger Woods card. This Michael Jordan golf card was actually an April Fools mashup that featured the torso of Tiger Woods and the head of Michael Jordan.