Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXIII
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“Man, that was God disguised as Michael Jordon out there tonight.” Larry Bird, after Jordan scored a playoff record 63 points against the Celtics on April 20, 1986.

Just as there will never be another Babe Ruth; just as there will never be another Tom Brady; just as there will never be another Wayne Gretzky; make no mistake, there will never be another Michael Jordan. Never. Not even close. An Unlikely Rookie Card For Basketball’s Greatest Player The year was 1984. The NBA was on the upswing. Doctor J. had saved the league leading to the ABA-NBA merger – after all, the game’s greatest player at the time couldn’t play in a league that might go bankrupt. Bird and Magic were reshaping the game and crowds were beginning to flock to NBA arenas. Basketball was hot. And it was about to get hotter. But Topps wasn’t convinced. And despite the NBA’s gains, the sports card giant still didn’t fully believe in the NBA. So from 1982 until 1992, an entire decade, Topps sat on the sidelines and refused to print basketball cards. As a result, they missed Michael Jordan’s rookie card, along with a number of key Hall of Famers. Companies like Star and Fleer stepped into the fold and took the small NBA card market by storm, until Topps returned to create sports card madness in the overprinted decade of the 1990’s. So, almost by chance, it was Star who first printed “Air Jordan’s” image on cardboard. Jordan’s true Rookie is the image you see here, the 1984-85 Star. And it’s a card that’s gaining in popularity, gaining in value and poised to appreciate perhaps at the level of Ruth, Mantle, Clemente and others as the Jordan generation begins to age and long for the greatest hero of their youth. Just two short years ago, a Jordan Star Rookie graded Beckett 9.5 sold for over $52,000—and that $50,000+ price tag was realized before the price explosion of the past 18 months. The opportunity this fantastic MINT specimen represents cannot be underplayed nor undervalued. This Jordan rookie, along with Tom Brady’s rookie card, could represent the two most valuable sports cards of the post-Vietnam era. The Jordan Mystique Never has a player so captured the attention of America’s basketball fans like Michael Jordan. He paved the way for today’s stars – stars who pale in comparison to what Jordan brought to the game, every game. For Jordan, every game offered the opportunity to rise above, to dominate, to showcase his abilities and above all else, to win. Unlike so many modern players who prefer to count dollars before counting wins, Jordan created his own brand, a new level of endorsements and sponsorships, that overshadowed his basketball earnings, allowing him to focus his game on one thing and one thing only: winning. Never before or since has the game’s most dominant offensive and defensive force been the same player. And never before or since has that player been a backcourt player. People remember Jordan the scorer. But Jordan the stopper was just as special to watch. So take advantage of an opportunity to own the first card of the greatest of all time. It’s an opportunity worthy of seizing.
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1984-85 Star #101 Michael Jordan Rookie Beckett 9 MINT

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Minimum Bid: $7,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $17,542.80
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Friday, December 1, 2017.
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