5 Key 1980s Michael Jordan Cards on the Rise

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If you can’t afford MJ’s 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card or sticker, here are five more reasonably priced 1980s Michael Jordan cards. At least they are for now.

1. 1987-88 Fleer Michael Jordan #59

Jordan’s second-year Fleer base card can be had for less than $300 in raw form. Centering is the biggest issue since it has well-defined borders. The white part of the border can often look slightly off-white.

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1987-88 Fleer Michael Jordan

2. 1987-88 Fleer Stickers Michael Jordan #2

This is one of the coolest designs of any 1980s Michael Jordan cards. Fleer’s second sticker set of 11 cards features a patriotic look. The photo of a young, smiling Michael Jordan makes this one of his most eye-catching cards. Since sticker cards were the last in the pack, many have wax residue. Higher-grade versions are low compared to the base card.

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3. 1988-89 Fleer Michael Jordan #17

This is one of the most commonly graded basketball cards in history, with more than 18,000 total entries in the PSA and BGS population reports.

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4. 1988-89 Fleer Michael Jordan #120 All-Star

Nearing the end of 2020, this All-Star card was matching sales prices of Jordan’s 1988-89 base card. It includes perhaps the best photo of any ’80s Jordan card taken at the famed 1988 Slam Dunk Contest when Jordan jumped from the free throw line. Many posters and collectibles have been created featuring the moment, but this seems to be the first.

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1988-89 Fleer Michael Jordan All-Star

5. 1988-89 Fleer Stickers Michael Jordan #7

Miscutting and centering are huge issues with this card. Grading pop reports are incredibly low compared to the other four cards here, and combined with the centering issues, higher grade versions could increase in value significantly.

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3 comments

  1. Bilko Glasier 10 April, 2021 at 00:40

    Every single Jordan card on this list i consider “Iconic”. If you know Basketball cards you just have to hear the name of one of these cards and the imagine is engraved into your mind. Prices have gone up as of late but all of them are still undervalued and great investments. BUY BUY BUY $$$

  2. Randy Rosa 11 April, 2021 at 03:15

    Is the Michael Jordan starting lineup. Card that is enclosed inside the box with the figure and poster worth. Any thing

  3. Robert A Knowlton 15 April, 2021 at 15:13

    It sure is! In many cases the cards are being taken from the bubble and sent in for grading.

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