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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

Little Basketball Big Leaguers By Nash and Allan Zullo Michael Jordan Larry Bird
$69.99

1980-81 Topps Basketball Larry Bird Magic Johnson RC Rookie HOF
$105.50

2014-15 Select Courtside Durant Anfernee Hardaway Hill Larry Bird USA Lot 8
$9.99

1992 STADIUM CLUB MEMBERS ONLY #194 LARRY BIRD BOSTON CELTICS HOF MINT
$19.99

1988 STARTING LINEUP LARRY BIRD LIGHT SURFACE CREASE BOSTON CELTICS HOF
$9.99

LARRY BIRD ADAM MORRISON ROOKIE 06 TOPPS FULL COURT AUTO AUTOGRAPH COSIGNER CARD
$120.00

LARRY BIRD ROOKIE CARD LOT 1980 TOPPS #31 PSA 8 OC & CELTICS TEAM PIN-UP POSTER
$43.22

LARRY BIRD ROOKIE CARD 1980 TOPPS #31 198 228 SGC 8 MINT GRADED CELTICS HOF *ABC
$38.25

2014-15 SPx Finite Legends 799 Pick Any Complete Your Set
$12.00

2008-09 Upper Deck UD Black Larry Bird Auto Trophy Patch #23 25
$1,199.99

2012-13 Panini Brilliance Starburst #219 Larry Bird
$8.00

1986 Fleer Larry Bird #2 Basketball Card
$3,400.00

LARRY BIRD Indiana State SYCAMORES Basketball card RARE
$10.00

2014-15 Larry Bird Panini Immaculate Collection RED 04 25 #93 Boston Celtics HOF
$10.00

LARRY BIRD 99-00 UD Century Legends JERSEYS OF THE CENTURY JERSEY RELIC SP RARE!
$99.99

4 1992 Skybox USA Larry Bird Cards - #10, 11, 16, 18 - All PSA 9 Mint!
$34.99
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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.

Larry Bird Signed Basketball Pricing:

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Larry Bird Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Larry Bird Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Top eBay Listings

"LEGEND">LARRY BIRD SIGNED-"DREAMTEAM" BASKETBALL CARD--JSA AUTHENTICATED.
$135.00

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Signed Inscribed Thoughts 16x20 Photo Steiner COA Rare
$2,495.00

Magic Johnson Larry Bird Dual Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo All Stars Game JSA
$199.99

MICHAEL JORDAN & LARRY BIRD Dual Signed "Match Up" Photo UDA LE 50
$2,495.00

Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Signed Autographed 16x20 Photo JSA Dream team USA
$229.99

Bernard King Signed vs. Larry Bird 16x20 Photo w 19,635 Pts Insc Steiner COA
$99.99

BILL RUSSELL & LARRY BIRD Signed BOSTON CELTICS 16x20 photo + PSA COA Y81320
$211.65

Larry Bird & Magic Johnson Signed 16x20 Photo PSA DNA ITP 3A03247 Bird Authentic
$389.99

Larry BIRD MAGIC Johnson ERVING Signed Auto 1980 Topps Rookie PSA DNA 9 Mint
$207.50

Larry Bird Boston Celtics 1980 Topps #34 RC Signed AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$349.99

Larry Bird Magic Johnson Celtics Lakers Signed 16x20 Photo PSA
$155.00

Larry Bird autographed signed Indiana State Sycamores Nike Jersey JSA COA
$349.00

Larry Bird Boston Celtics Signed 24x32 Canvas - PSA DNA # F19970
$219.96

Larry Bird Signed Dream Team Jersey - PSA DNA # Y09291
$199.96

Larry Bird Signed NBA Spalding Basketball - PSA DNA
$275.00

Bill Walton Signed Framed 12x18 Photo Set JSA Boston Celtics w Larry Bird
$37.49
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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 or Google+.


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