Perfect Michael Jordan Rookie Card sells for $82,000

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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.

jordanRCbackThe 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


  1. Erkki
    Posted Friday August 28th, 2009 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

    I feel that for a card to deserve a pristine 10, it should get 10s across the board in all 4 categories.

  2. Charley Cox
    Posted Sunday November 1st, 2009 at 08:30 PM | Permalink

    What is the best way to sell sports cards? I have a Jordan rookie. a Jordan rookie sticker and many other great cards in my collection. Please advise.

  3. Posted Tuesday January 5th, 2010 at 08:31 PM | Permalink

    what is the best way to find out how much cards are worth? I have all upper deck tribute cards of michael jordan starting from 1984 to 1989. Rookie cards to mvp to slam dunk champ cards.
    Please advise.

  4. Posted Friday March 11th, 2011 at 11:23 PM | Permalink


  5. Steve
    Posted Saturday April 2nd, 2011 at 05:31 AM | Permalink

    Have many origanial 8×11 (actual pictures not copies) of MJ. Including basketball and baseball, autographed by MJ himself. Went to almost every home game when I was a kid. One of the basketball pics is actually the pic on one of his most valuable cards and autographed 4 times with 4 different colored sharpe’s. Also Beckett basketball monthly august 1992 issue #25 (special mj edition) autographed, michael jordan tribute special #1 autographed by wayne mcdonald (artist of cover page) and #160/4523 cover page drawing signed and dated and ©. 3 8×11 origanial sox baseball photos not autographed. All this pics are REAL pics on kodak paper, all are mint, and all are 150% legit. Also, jim kelly autographed football, and maaaaannnny rare and valuable cards including rookies, andautographed rookies and non rookies. Packs of UNOPENED topps baseball, fleer/donruss from 86-90 with the gum still inside. No clue what’s inside for cards. And many special L.E. non sports cards such as dessert storm cards (whole set). 91 bulls complete roster set NEVER opened. And sooooooo much more. This is no joke. Between my grandad, dad, and I (30yr) have built a sweeeeeeet collection!!!!! Coins also!!!

  6. george simons
    Posted Saturday August 13th, 2011 at 11:02 PM | Permalink

    how much will my 1986 michael jordan fleer rc card Bccg 10 cost?

    will my grade 10 bccg card grade decrease to a lower rate?

  7. Jacob
    Posted Saturday March 24th, 2012 at 05:58 AM | Permalink

    funny how this card brings big money, then everyone wants to sell like they will get thousands.. lol

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