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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

1992 Larry bird Hologram card set Boston Celtics
$9.99

1985-86 Star Lakers Champs BKBALL #2 Larry Bird Celtics HOF BGS 8.5 (2 9.5 subs)
$22.99

2012 Upper Deck All Time Greats Larry Bird 99
$14.99

2 Card Lot Larry Bird 1988-89 Fleer Sticker
$5.95

2012-13 Panini Hoops Larry Bird HOF Signatures Auto #11 SP Only 25 Made! P1140
$199.99

2015-16 Panini Excalibur Crusade Purple #51 Larry Bird 53 60 - NM-MT
$9.99

FLEER 2006 GREATS OF THE GAME LARRY BIRD - G3127
$5.00

fleer 1986 basketball stickers, larry bird, ewing, magic
$9.99

2006-07 SP Game Used Authentic Fabrics Dual AUTO Larry Bird Manic Johnson Card
$374.99

1980 - 1981 Topps Larry Bird Julius Erving Magic Johnson #6 Basketball Card
$422.00

1989 FLEER STICKER #10 LARRY BIRD BOSTON CELTICS HOF MINT OC
$19.99

2014-15 Panini Spectra Larry Bird Hall Of Fame Auto Jersey #33 35 Gem 9 10
$299.99

2009-10 Bowman 48 Larry Bird 3 card auto jersey auto ....... Celtics
$999.99

2006-07 Topps Full Court Larry Bird Jersey AUTO 33 ......... Celtics
$105.00

1980-81 topps #6 LARRY BIRD ERVING MAGIC JOHNSON (CENTERED) rookie BGS BCCG 9
$500.00

larry bird 22 card lot nice shape free shipping
$7.95
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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

LARRY BIRD Signed 16x20" CANVAS Mounted & Stretched + JSA COA S53276 3x Champs
$199.00

MAGIC JOHNSON LARRY BIRD Signed 1st Edition Book PSA DNA Guaranty Autos Nice!
$143.20

Larry Bird Magic Johnson Dual Signed Autograph 16X20 Photo College PSA Framed
$349.99

BILL RUSSELL & LARRY BIRD Signed BOSTON CELTICS 16x20 photo + PSA COA Y81320
$249.00

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

1980 Topps Larry Bird Magic Johnson Erving HOF RC Signed PSA DNA Certified!
$799.00

1996 Topps 1980 RC Retro Magic Johnson Larry Bird Erving Signed AUTO PSA DNA
$311.00

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

Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Signed Autographed 16x20 Photo JSA Authenticated 1
$249.99

Larry Bird Boston Celtics Signed 24x32 Canvas - PSA DNA # F19970
$349.99

Larry Bird Signed Dream Team Jersey - PSA DNA # Y09291
$349.99

Bill Walton Signed Framed 12x18 Photo Set JSA Boston Celtics w Larry Bird
$41.24

Larry Bird Signed 1980-81 Topps Leader Card (PSA Encapsulated)
$150.00

SIGNED BOSTON CELTICS LARRY BIRD LIMITED EDITION MATTED & FRAMED 12 33 JSA#
$375.00

LARRY BIRD+MCHALE+PARISH AUTHENTIC SIGNED FULL SIZE BASKETBALL CELTICS JSA
$399.00

LARRY BIRD AUTHENTIC SIGNED AND MATTED 8x10 PHOTO GREAT FACE SHOT JSA COA
$99.00
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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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