By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Graded Card Investor Editor
A BGS 10 Pristine copy of Michael Jordan‘s 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card sold on eBay for $82,000 on Thursday evening just weeks before His Airness is enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The 10-day auction closed at 5:58 p.m. Pacific after 87 bids. The sale was made by CJ’s Sports Cards & Memorabilia in San Diego, Calif., however the transaction has not yet been confirmed by Beckett Media.
While 4,567 copies of the card have been graded, this perfect specimen is one of only two cards to receive the mark from Beckett Grading Services.
This card, which was the first Jordan RC to receive the perfect Pristine grade, was reportedly sold for $150,000 in 2006. However, that sale never was confirmed.
The card’s subgrades included 10s for its centering, edges and corners and a 9.5 for its surface condition. The only other BGS 10 has 10s across the board with the exception of a 9.5 subgrade for its edges.
The first BGS 9.5 copy of the Jordan RC — there have been 116 to reach that mark since — went for $77,600 in a June 2003 deal.
The Jordan RC is the second high-profile BGS 10 of a 1980s icon to sell for big bucks this year as a Joe Montana 1981 Topps RC sold for $65,880 in April. That card carried the third-highest pricetag of any football card sale ever documented by Beckett Media.
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Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.