Perfect Michael Jordan Rookie Card sells for $100,000

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By Chris Olds | Basketball Editor

A Pristine copy of Michael Jordan‘s 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card sold for six-figures in a Memory Lane Inc. sale Sunday evening.

The card, graded a 10 by Beckett Grading Services, fetched $100,000 in the Tustin, Calif.-based auction house’s Own it Now sale, which launched not long before the sale.

There are just three copies of the famed card graded as a BGS 10 out of more than 5,500 cards submitted. This particular copy was the first to receive the grade and once appeared on the cover of Beckett Basketball Card Plus, now Beckett Basketball, magazine. The card sold to a collector on the West Coast.

“It was the first time we had the opportunity to sell the card, and we are really happy with the sale,” said Stephanie Evans of Memory Lane. “It’s a landmark modern sale for us, and it just goes to show that when you have something as rare as a Beckett 10 come available, the demand still warrants six figures.”

The last known BGS 10 Jordan sale came in August 2009 when a collector paid $82,000 for this same card. It 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 first BGS 9.5 copy of the Jordan RC went for $77,600 in a June 2003 deal. The Jordan RC is not the only high-profile BGS 10 of a 1980s icon to sell for big bucks in the last few years as a Joe Montana 1981 Topps RC sold for $65,880 in April 2009. That card carried the third-highest pricetag of any football card sale ever documented by Beckett Media.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Posted June 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

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    Sports Cards Plus of San Antonio

  2. Michael Marrufo
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I just pick an 86-87 Fleer Jordan up lets hope its as good as this one

  3. Johnny Johnson
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    i have a micheal jordan rookie card and is willing to sell it

  4. johnny johnson
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    can anyone tell me where to sell 4 micheal jordan trading cards all are rookies and i have 50 more will sell all for 200,000 e-mail me

  5. Teresa Shoemaker
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    I have 2 of these cards in pristene condtion

  6. Shane
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    How much is my Michael Jordan rookie card worth in okay condition

  7. Asa
    Posted November 18, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    We found one of these in somebody swimming pool after hurricane sandy the card was water log

  8. William Michel
    Posted November 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Believe it or not I have the Micheal Jordan rookie card it only been touch by human hand twice someone want this call me or text me this is real 510 688-6640 I from Chicago big Jordan fan

  9. Rikone kgkass
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Rikone tag sold for 200,000 dollars.

  10. Curtis March
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I have a pristine Michael Jordan Rookie card and would like to sell it.

  11. Rich
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to buy a Jordan rookie card.

  12. Kevin
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    I have a michael Jordan rookie card and would love to sell it for the right price. I live in Chicago, I’m curious what an offer would be.

  13. Mike
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I used to have A ball card shop, I managed to save one of many
    Jordan rookie cards which I believe to be a 10 along with a first issue
    Beckett basket ball guide signed by Jordan which was authenticated
    By BP sports collectables in Atlanta ga, however I am fearful of mailing
    It in to be graded, is there a safe way to insure you will get the same
    Card back and where do you send to be graded? Please email

  14. fred hall
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    would like to know where i could take michael jordan rookie card to get graded?
    Is a beckett place here somewhere in south florida? Thanks Fred Hall

  15. Lance Euell
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I have a Michael Jordan rookie card and would like to sell it also.

  16. Kevin B
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I have an 86-87 Jordan Fleer Rookie card. What can I do with it??? Been HARD cased since opened it!!

    Posted April 14, 2013 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Wanting to buy a Michael Jordan rookie is good shape and grading only up to a 8.5. Can’t afford the 9 or 10 graded Jordan’s.

  18. Posted April 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Michael Jordan 1985 1-12 Signed Basketball trading card. Napoleon (Larry) Lajoie Value 10,000 1933 Goudey Gum these trading cards amoungst many others are for sale. These Cards belong to Scott Marcucci. He’s looking to sell an entire box of cards all sports. Mobile # is 952-687-1914

  19. norman taylor
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    my father have michael jordan cards.. binders of them i would like to know how much they are worth

  20. James koons
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Have micheal jordan card to sell

  21. Darius
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I have an ’84-’85 Michael Jordan rookie card, and I am willing to sell it. Any buyers?

  22. ken nixon
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I have a michael jordan rookie upper deck card for sale contact at 912 422 4312

  23. Stan smith
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I have his rockie card in perfect condition looking to sell it but want to get it graded first if anyone is interested email me at.

  24. Lance Euell
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    I have a perfect condition Michael Jordan rookie and I am trying to sell it.

  25. Posted October 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    My son have A card like that one help him and I sell it

  26. amanda knowland
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I got a Michel Jordan rookie card like to sell it call 1812 528 7555 and if interested in a derek Jeter rookie card ill it for thirty bucks call 1812 820 1712

  27. Dominique Hicks
    Posted January 10, 2014 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    I have a fleer rookie MJ card still in the see through pack and I’m
    willing to part ways with it. .

  28. amanda knowland
    Posted January 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    I got rookie cards and alot of good ones call 1812 820 1715

  29. Korey
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I Have A Ok Michael Jordan Rookie Card I Would Like To Sell. I Had It For Over 20 Years In My Safe. Email If Interested.

  30. Greg
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I have the Jordan card sold here in great condition and I’m looking to sell it!!!

  31. Greg
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I have this Michael Jordan card in great condition for sale it will be a great deal for someone that wants a MJ rookie call 740-497-8650

  32. Realistic
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    I cannot believe all the people trying to push their crappy Jordan cards. Ever heard of ebay or amazon? If you really had the real deal, you would sell it the right way and not giving out your phone number to sell some poor fool your crappy card. Either you are desperate for contact, it is fake, or worthless. Sell them at a garage sale because that is what they are worth. The comment board is for comments, not your desperate attempt to rip someone off.

  33. Rob
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I have a BCCG Beckett grade 9 mint 86-87 Fleer Rookie just like this one, how much is that worth? And if anyone is interested in it email me an offer…

  34. kyle
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    i have the Michael Jordan Autographed Original Fleer Rookie Card Art il sell it for 24.0000

  35. Ryan
    Posted March 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I have this card in flawless condition. Just looking to get rid of it for a good price if anyone is interested. Need it gone soon. Send an email to ASAP as it will be gone soon! :)

  36. kevin
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Card is not perfect. It says so right on the card. Notice the 9.5 sub-grade. Is it worth $100,000? Absolutely not. If it had 4 perfect 10 sub grades then maybe. The card is also not even close to being his rookie as many Star cards were produced prior to the Fleer set. You could say this is his first basketball appearance by the Fleer corporation . This card is misstated in every way. It is neither perfect or the rookie card of Michael Jordan.

  37. Penny
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I have a Beckett Basketball Card Magazine issue #1 signed by MJ. Don’t know authenticity, worth or how to find out? Would like to sell.

  38. Jacqueline Kelly
    Posted September 13, 2015 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I just gave this card to my son by fluke. I contacted the buying source and the card was bought for me. It was found in China, no lie, China. I kept the packaging (for a while). I guess I did good. Live and learn. My son is a collector from his youth. As a child he had 3 Michael Jordan rookies in our safe deposit box. He and his chum would go to the Cow Palace in S.F. and buy/trade cards. They were only 16 years old. Both dads owned businesses, guess they were paying attention.

  39. Kathy
    Posted March 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I currently own the said stated above. 1986-1987 Fleer rookie Michael Jordan card that’s been sealed in a picture binder and still remains as such.

  40. barry polite
    Posted April 25, 2016 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I got a 84-85 upper deck film michael jordan rookie card havent seen no other ones like it yet wish i could post a picure of it

  41. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted April 25, 2016 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    If you send an email to, I’ll see what I can do. Upper Deck didn’t release basketball cards until 1991-92 (they didn’t release any cards at all until 1989) so it won’t be a rookie. If you type “Michael Jordan” plus the number on the back, it might show up in the database as well.

    Posted October 18, 2016 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    I have A 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan #57 Promotional in Near Mint To Mint condition and I don’t know how to get it graded in Australia and how much its worth can someone please Help me.

  43. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted October 18, 2016 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Grading information can be found at:

  44. sheri
    Posted November 29, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I have had my Michael Jordan rookie card since it was released. I purchased it for my husband at the time for Christmas but never gave it to him. Now, i’m intrested in selling. Does anyone know the best way to start that process? i would have loved to have it signed. Mr. Jordan has family in the town that i live.

  45. C
    Posted January 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    I have some questions about my card I’ve went to a shop card is authentic signature is real as far as they can tell it’s not perfect shape but it’s good shape. Star 85′ Michael Jordan rookie of the year card the nba card and autographed as well I need to get some info on it please help

  46. Robert
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I live close to New Orleans, where can i get my card graded?

  47. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted January 15, 2018 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    @Robert — Grading information, including a list of shows and mailing options can be found here:

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