A 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan rookie card sold for $100,000 at auction on Sunday, June 5th.
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When it was originally graded, this card was the first to get a perfect "10" by Beckett Grading Services (BGS). Today, it is one of three cards to achieve that distinction. About 5,500 of the Jordan rookie cards have been submitted to Beckett. The sub-grades for the card include a "10" for centering, edges and corners and a "9.5" for surface. Memory Lane Auctions handled the sale of the card.
The Michael Jordan rookie card is considered by many to be a cornerstone of basketball card collecting and sports memorabilia as a whole. This exact card was previously sold in August, 2009 for $82,000.
Because Jordan rookie cards are some of the most sought after cards today, the industry is plagued by fakes and reprints, especially online. The best way to avoid buying a Jordan rookie that is not authentic is to pull it from a pack yourself or to buy a card graded by a reputable grading company. Both options are expensive and even boxes/packs can be tampered with. Dave and Adam's Card World has a nice article (albeit dated) that provides good information for deciding if a 1986-87 Fleer Basketball box is legitimate. As interest in basketball continues to build, there is no reason to think that Jordan's rookies will not continue to increase in value.
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