The Daily: 1991 Upper Deck Michael Jordan #SP1

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The Card: 1991 Upper Deck Baseball Michael Jordan #SP1

1991 Upper Deck Michael Jordan SP1

On February 7, 1994, the legend of Michael Jordan took a turn. Having stepped away from basketball, he opted to try something new — baseball. Jordan played baseball up until high school but then he became the best basketball player on the planet.

The Chicago White Sox signed him and the rest became history. The experiment lasted just one year but it was a memorable one for those who witnessed it and followed it.

It became a big deal in the card world as well. All of a sudden there was a fresh spin on Michael Jordan cards with plenty of opportunities. Upper Deck, in particular, took advantage, using Jordan as an anchor for many of their 1994 baseball products.

But the history of Michael Jordan baseball cards goes back even further. The 1991 Upper Deck Michael Jordan #SP1 was one of the most coveted cards of the hobby’s peak. Showcasing Jordan taking batting practice at Comiskey, it’s one of the early mainstream chase cards. For those who bought one or two packs at a time, it did seem like a tough card at the time. It turns out it’s anything but.

Still, there’s a lot of nostalgia and novelty surrounding the 1991 Upper Deck Michael Jordan #SP1 today. It might not sell for anywhere close to the amounts it used to, but it’s still one of the most memorable cards from the hobby’s biggest era.

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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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1 comment

  1. Ed Ulvila 20 December, 2020 at 19:48

    You surely do not know your Chicago sports. Michael Jordan took batting practice in COMISKEY PARK; the home of the White Sox.

    The date of the game was Wed July 11, 1990. A rare mid-week day game for the White Sox; traditionally on the first Wednesday after the All-Star Game.

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