Pair of 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie Cards Sell for Record-Setting $738,000 Each

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It’s another month and there’s a new record price for 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie Cards. Two separate cards, both graded Gem Mint PSA 10 (Lot 12, Lot 27), sold on January 30 for $738,000 through Goldin Auctions.




While records for iconic sports cards are a regular thing right now, it’s the level of the surge that’s notable here. It’s a jump of more than $500,000 from less than a month ago. Another PSA 10 Jordan RC went for $217,200 on January 3. Another closed at $211,560 in December.

Go back a year to December, 2019 and PSA 10 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie Cards could be had for about $32,000.

Of the more than 18,000 times the Jordan RC has been submitted to PSA, there are currently 316 that have received grades of Gem Mint 10. More than 11,500 copies of the card have been sent to Beckett Grading resulting in 526 Gem Mint 9.5 and six Pristine 10 copies.

When it comes to condition, 1986-87 Fleer Basketball is a tough with centering being a major issue. The red corners are also susceptible to damage.

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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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13 comments

    • Ryan Cracknell 1 February, 2021 at 14:35

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  1. George T Lennon 1 February, 2021 at 15:30

    I have a collection of Michael Jordan cards want to sell them but don’t know if they have any cash value who do I contact for auction or selling information.

    • Ryan Cracknell 2 February, 2021 at 12:10

      @George – The best place to start would be getting in touch with a card shop owner. They should be able to guide you depending on what you have.

  2. Stephen 1 February, 2021 at 15:39

    I have this same card but not sure if it’s worth checking into. I know little about cards and how to get them graded. It’s been in a box in my basement and an old room mate gave it to me when he was moving out. Not sure if replicas exist since he seemed to care less about giving to me. How do I get it checked out?

  3. Billy Weeks 1 February, 2021 at 17:42

    I have M.J. college basketball cards …do you have a ballpark figure lol..
    I have all the collection of college cards…

  4. Matt 24 March, 2021 at 21:31

    There are lots of fakes. It is the most faked card in hobby. Be very careful if purchasing.

  5. Jeremy Keenan 27 June, 2021 at 10:51

    I have this MJ rookie card, have most of the set with lots of rookies that year. I want to get it graded by Brckett, but am scared it will get lost in mail. How do you do this grading by Beckett?

  6. Jb 16 October, 2021 at 19:59

    Does anybody know how many 1986 Michael Jordan fleer rookie cards were minted ?
    I can’t seem to find it on Google anywhere.

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