These Michael Jordan Valentines Are Awkward and Awesome

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When you’re an adult, Valentine’s Day is stressful. Either you’re with someone and you have to remember to go out and get just the right card. If you’re single, then it’s like salt, vinegar and acid all in the same wound.

Cleo Michael Jordan Valentines Boxes

But what about when you’re a kid?

You’ve got an entire class to write the little cards for. But not every card in that box is equal. Nor are your classmates. You need the perfect one to pass on to your crush. It has to say something, but not enough to tip your hand and make you blush. Others have to be neutral simply because you don’t know them very well or you’re just giving them one out of duty. Valentine’s Day is a complicated time for elementary kids.

Thankfully, for those of use who grew up in the late ’80s and early ’90s, we had Michael Jordan valentines watching out for us.

A couple of different sets of Michael Jordan valentines came out between 1989 and 1991 from a couple of companies — Cleo and Gibson’s. And they might be the most awkward Michael Jordan cards in existence.

Just like all school valentines, the Michael Jordan ones are loaded with bad jokes and wordplay. It’s one thing when it’s Dora the Explorer, Darth Vader or some cartoon character. But when there’s a real person with the caption, “Time out for fun,” it’s something else entirely.

Other gems from various Michael Jordan valentines:

  • “Slam dunk a super day!”
  • “You’re looking fine!”
  • “I like your style!”
  • “Teacher, you’re the best!”
  • “No one could fill your shoes!”
  • “Have a jammin’ day!”

And when you don’t really know someone and need something safe, there was always, “You’re cool!”

From a collectible standpoint, there’s some interest in these but not a lot. It’s Michael Jordan so there’s bound to be some interest. They’re just not generally worth much.

Besides the NBA ones from Jordan’s playing career, more valentines were made with Jordan for Space Jam.

However, if you’re looking to create some of that grade-school Valentine’s Day magic around the office, these are a lot cheaper than a fruit plate.

For your pleasure and week’s worth of word play, here’s a selection of Valentine’s-inspired MJ wisdom.

Michael Jordan Valentines Gallery

Michael Jordan Valentines Have a High Flying Day

Michael Jordan Valentines Youre a Winner Teacher

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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    • Ryan Cracknell 13 February, 2016 at 01:53

      I love weird stuff so I take mental snapshots when I come across things. These seemed appropriate to share today. My son actually brought home a Carmelo Anthony valentine today, though very plain and boring.

  1. Randy 13 February, 2016 at 05:44

    Haha! I gave these to some classmates back in the day! I think I may still have some in a garage somewhere!

  2. Trey 13 February, 2016 at 12:00

    C’mon, they make Carmelo Anthony Valentines for kid’s to pass out at school? That’s more like an April Fool’s joke.

  3. Jeorge hibz 18 February, 2016 at 00:21

    When the sports cards crazy ness hit the west coast n the 80’s u bought n saved everything, or at least I did ,,so somewhere in a tub there’s a bout 15 of these boxes ,, Wheaties ect.

  4. David Johnson 15 February, 2018 at 14:10

    I remember the Space Jam ones. I may have to look for a box of these on eBay for my kids to pass out next year. I’m sure there will be some very excited parents to see these in their Valentines boxes.

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