1980-81 Topps Larry Bird, Magic Johnson Rookie Card Sells for Over $74,000

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Traditionally, when time passes and the dust settles, Rookie Cards with multiple players are anchored by one superstar (if any). The 1980-81 Topps Larry Bird and Magic Johnson Rookie Card (which also has Julius Erving) is probably the most notable exception. One of the most iconic basketball cards of all-time, a PSA 10 copy of the card went for almost $75,000.

Sold through Goldin Auctions, the final price was $74,725 including the buyer’s premium.

It is one of just 21 copies of the card to get the Gem Mint 10 grade from PSA.

1980-81 Topps Basketball is known for it’s format that has three smaller cards connected as a panel. The idea was that the cards could be separated into individual cards, some of which were. The 1980-81 Topps Larry Bird, Magic Johnson Rookie Card is easily the most popular in the set. Not only that, but it’s one of the most recognizable basketball cards ever.

The two Hall of Famers flank a scoring leader card of another basketball legend, Erving.

This wasn’t the only high priced basketball card to sell at Goldin’s 2017 Summer Premium sale.

A BGS 9 1984-85 Star Michael Jordan sold for $24,500 while a signed copy of the same card graded BGS 8.5 went for $18,987.50.

A little more recent, a 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Red Michael Jordan numbered to 100 and graded BGS 9.5 landed a $23,275 sale price.

The soaring prices for 1986-87 Fleer Basketball boxes continued with one fetching $80,850.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


  1. Anne Lindquist
    Posted August 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have a comment but a question!
    I just found a large box of baseball & football trading cards, I need to know how do I find out if they’re worth anything? Some are in protective sleeves, or there are in pocket folder.
    Please if you can help, it would be fantastic!

  2. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    @Anne — Here’s a link to the price guide access of the site. If it’s not too many cards, perhaps check with a local card shop if you have one. They could give you a rough idea on anything that might hold significant value. They likely have print magazines, too.

  3. Mike benson
    Posted August 10, 2017 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering about grading cards i have the topps 1980-81 larry bird magic johnson card and i heard its hard to sale it or get a good price on it without getting it graded .is this true and where and how do i get it graded i live in westvalley. utah

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