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23 Most Expensive Michael Jordan Cards Ever Sold | Old Sports Cards

23 Most Expensive Michael Jordan Cards Ever Sold

Guide to the 23 Most Expensive Jordan Cards Ever Sold

The demand for key Michael Jordan cards has long been sky high in this hobby...

And the market for them doesn't seem to be slowing anytime soon.

After all, he's nearly unanimously regarded as the greatest basketball player of all-time so his popularity is still at astronomical levels.

But just how valuable are some of his cards? 

In this guide, we will cover his 23 most valuable cards ever sold and will discuss what makes each of them so special.

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1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems GREEN

Sold in February 2019 for: $350,100

Considered to be the holy grail of all Jordan cards, you almost never see these come up for sale or auction.

Production of 1997-98 Precious Metal Gems parallels were limited to just 100 copies in total, with the first 10 being the green version and the final 90 being the red.

Because of their foil front design, they are extremely fragile and susceptible to showing wear on the surfaces, edges and corners.

But, as you can see, a green PMG Jordan in any condition can be extremely valuable as this particular card that sold was not even graded on PSA's traditional numerical scale but was rather judged only to be authentic.

1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan GREEN Basketball Card

1997 Upper Deck Game Jersey AUTO PATCH 18/23

Sold in November 2018 for: $94,630

This card represented a key shift in the hobby as it was one of the first to feature game-used memorabilia, an on-card autograph and a handwritten serial number.

In this case, the card featured a small piece of the jersey that Jordan wroe during the 1992 NBA All-Star game, his eighth appearance at that point.

Upper Deck issued just 23 of these cards.

That rarity and what this card means to the hobby makes it extremely valuable in any condition.

1997 Upper Deck Game Jersey Michael Jordan Card AUTO PATCH 18:23

2004 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos

Sold in March 2019 for: $68,323

In their second year of producing their Exquisite Collection offering, Upper Deck released only 50 of these "Limited Logos" that featured a Jordan autograph and a piece of one of his jerseys.

The card is visually stunning as both the autograph and card itself earned Gem Mint 10 designations from PSA.

In addition, the three-colored patch from one of Jordan's red Bulls jerseys provide even more pop.

Exquisite Collection cards were so limited and such high quality that only five cards were included in the special wooden boxes in which they were packaged.

2004 Exquisite Limited Logo Michael Jordan Basketball Card

2009 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos

Sold in June 2019 for: $65,655

As you can see, even in ungraded condition, Exquisite Collection Jordan's can sell for big bucks.

This example, numbered 4 of 10 from their 2009 offering, sold for an incredible $65,655.

It's amazing to me that cards such as this, produced long after Jordan's playing days were over can still be worth so much.

2009 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Michael Jordan Basketball Card

1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems RED

Sold in March 2019 for: $63,100

Next on our list is one of Jordan's red Precious Metal Gems cards that PSA assessed to be in Ex-Mint + condition.

The foil front and deep red coloration give this card amazing eye appeal and perfectly complement the Chicago Bulls color scheme.

Personally, I like the red versions more than the green versions from an aesthetic standpoint but obviously I'd prefer a green in terms of value.

Really, though, could you ever be disappointed with either version? 

1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan RED Basketball Card

2003 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos

Sold in March 2019 for: $55,100

From Upper Deck's inaugural EC release in 2003, this example out of 75 produced was graded by Beckett to be in mint condition and exhibits amazing visual qualities.

The three-color jersey patch dominated by the red is incredible by itself but Upper Deck added even more flare with the beautiful Jordan autograph in blue.

It's a fantastic, high quality card that will likely retain its value for quite some time.

2003 Exquisite Collection Limited Logo AUTO PATCH :75 Michael Jordan Card

1997 Skybox E-X2001 Essential Credentials Now

Sold in April 2016 for: $51,989

Numbered to 72 copies only, these are yet another example of how highly demanded rare Jordan inserts from the 1990's can be.

No autograph. No jersey patch.

Just an extremely limited print run from Skybox is all it takes to make this card very pricey.

I think it's also cool that Skybox used an image of Jordan in one of the Bulls' black jerseys to give it an extra special touch.

1997 Skybox EX2001 Essential Credentials Now Jordan Card

1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card

Sold in March 2018 for: $41,400

My personal favorite of all Jordan cards is his 1986-87 Fleer rookie card, regarded as his "mainstream" rookie around the hobby.

The set itself revived interest in basketball cards in general as even Topps stopped producing basketball cards after their 1981 release.

Packed with rookie cards of several other Hall of Famers like Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins to name a few, this set is truly iconic in the hobby.

And Jordan's rookie tops them all by far...making it one of the most valuable basketball cards in the entire hobby.

1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card Graded PSA 10

1984-85 Star Michael Jordan Rookie Card

Sold in December 2016 for: $40,208

While the 1986 Fleer may be considered his mainstream rookie card, many in the hobby consider the 1984 Star issue to be his true rookie card as it dates back to his rookie year in the NBA.

These cards are extremely condition sensitive because of how they were produced and you almost never see them in mint condition.

Often times, they are off-center which immediately knocks them out of mint condition status.

1984 Star #101 Michael Jordan Rookie Card Graded BGS 9

2005 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos /50 

Sold in September 2018 for: $33,433

You're probably starting to see a trend here at this point: Exquisite Collection Jordan cards are incredibly valuable.

From the 2005 release, this card was one of only 50 produced and PSA judged it to be in Gem Mint 10 condition.

The design of the card makes this one of the better looking Exquisite Collection Jordans, in my opinion.

2005 Exquisite Collection Limit Logos Michael Jordan Card AUTO PATCH :50

2003 Exquisite Collection Auto Patches /100 

Sold in January 2019 for: $30,099

I really like the design of this EC card as well because of the horizontal layout and huge image of Jordan.

The larger image meant that the size of the patch had to be sacrificed a bit but it's still a great three-color patch.

Additionally, the "E" outline fo the patch adds a nice creative touch.

And finally, what a gorgeous Jordan signature, well-deserving of the 10 grade that PSA assigned to it.

2003 Exquisite Collection Michael Jordan Card AUTO PATCH :100

1998 SP Authentic Sign Of Times Gold Die-Cut

Sold in February 2019 for: $27,078

Another one of the earlier cards in the hobby to feature Jordan on-card autographs were the 1998 SP Authentic Sign of the Times die-cut cards.

Along with this gold variation, there were also silver and bronze variations that were not nearly as rare as the gold.

The quality of this particular gold variation is exceptional as shown by the overall BGS 9.5 Gem Mint designation as well as each of the sub grades to go along with it.

Overall, it's a truly great example of one of Jordan's earliest autograph cards.

1998 SP Authentic Sign Of Times Gold Die Cut Michael Jordan Card AUTO Graded BGS 9.5

2006-07 Exquisite Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant Dual Autograph Patch 1/5

Sold in September 2018 for: $26,100

One of the more interesting cards on this list is one of five 2006 Exquisite Dual Scripted Swatches signed by both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

What an amazing card featuring autographs of two of the games greatest players.

Because the autographs were signed directly on the jersey pieces, you can see how they could tend to bleed a bit, especially in the case of Bryant's autographs.

The card received a Beckett "Raw Card Review" of 8.5, meaning it is in exceptional condition.

Sometimes at shows or other events, Beckett will do these raw card reviews as a convenience and then package the card with a tamper evident seal showing the grade so that collectors can later send them in to be slabbed.

2006-07 Exquisite Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant Dual AUTO Patch 1:5 Basketball Card

1988 Fleer Sticker #7

Sold in July 2016 for: $25,600

Growing up as a kid, I used to love the Fleer basketball sticker cards almost as much as the regular cards in the set.

And it was such a challenge to resist peeling them off and placing them on a wall, door, or some other surface.

Fleer produced sticker cards in all of their sets from 1986-1990 but the 1988 is much more difficult to find in PSA 10 condition.

Centering was always such a challenge with this sticker and even in this example appears to be favoring the left side but still within PSA's tolerance to receive a Gem Mint grade.

1988 Fleer Sticker Michael Jordan #7 Graded PSA 10 GEM MINT

1985 Jewel Prizm Jewel Stickers

Sold in September 2016 for: $25,600

One of the more bizarre cards on this list is Michael Jordan’s 1985 Prism Jewel Sticker issue.

The hologram of Jordan going up for a reverse dunk put this card ahead of its time in terms of design standards.

They weren’t widely distributed and were often sold out of vending machines that sat in store fronts.

If you’re lucky enough to find one that survived in top shape then you’re looking at quite a high price tag.

1985 Jewel Prizm Stickers Michael Jordan ROOKIE Card

2006 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos /50

Sold in May 2019 for: $25,001

Next up is yet another Exquisite Collection Limited Logos card from 2006 numbered to just 50 copies.

This card features another great tri-colored patch and amazing Jordan autograph.

All of these Exquisite Collection cards are top-notch in terms of quality and design and this one is no exception.

2006 Exquisite Collection Limit Logos Michael Jordan Card AUTO PATCH :50 BGS 8.5

2004-05 Extra Exquisite Autograph and Game Worn All-Star Jersey Patch

Sold in March 2018 for: $23,200

Numbered 3 of 5, this card features a jumbo oversized patch from one of Jordan's All-Star game jerseys.

This card was sold in raw, ungraded form for $23,200 back in 2018.

It just goes to show that even ungraded cards can fetch big bucks if they are as special as this Jordan autographed, game-used jersey patch card.

2004-05 Extra Exquisite Michael Jordan Card Featuring An Autograph and Game Worn All-Star Jersey Piece

1997-98 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Stars and Rookies

Sold in March 2018 for: $21,640

Another die-cut card makes our list in the form of this 1997-98 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Stars and Rookies Jordan card.

This card packs amazing eye appeal due to its bold red coloring, fantastic image of Jordan shooting, and his autograph along the bottom.

Early Jordan autographed cards like this one have been and will continue to be highly coveted around the hobby.

1997 and 1998 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Stars and Rookies Michael Jordan Card

1998 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #1 Michael Jordan Basketball Card

Sold in May 2019 for: $21,499

Here is another rare '90s insert that has continued to soar in value in recent times.

Rarely seen on the open market, these cards were numbered to just 50 copies in total which really pumps up their value.

Because they were so sensitive to showing wear and tear, typically they exhibit chipping, scuffs and scratches.

You can see the damage along the edges of this card which kept it from achieving a higher grade.

1998 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #1 Michael Jordan Basketball Card

1999 Upper Deck Ionix Authentics Auto /23

Sold in January 2019 for: $20,099

Visually-speaking, this card is among the top on this amazing list of Jordan cards and it has been graded to be in impeccable condition by Beckett.

The full image of Jordan packs quite a punch and the large autograph along the side tops it all off.

These Upper Deck Ionix Authentics Jordan autograph cards were numbered to just 23 copies, as noted along the bottom right corner in handwritten ink, which makes them almost impossible to find.

1999 Upper Deck Ionix UD Authentics Michael Jordan Card Auto :23

1997 UD3 Season Ticket Autographs

Sold in April 2018 for: $19,322

Likely one of the more distinctive designs on this list, these UD3 cards were meant to look like tickets to a basketball game.

The design may be unusual but any card that features such a beautiful Jordan autograph is bound to be worth some big money.

You can see that the card itself has some condition issues along the corners but there is no arguing the pristine quality of that signature.

1997 UD3 Season Ticket Autographs Michael Jordan Card

1996 SPx #8 Michael Jordan Autograph

Sold in February 2019 for: $18,612

Here it is, the very first autographed Michael Jordan card that started the craze for any card displaying his signature.

Die-cut and featuring a hologram background, this card had it all: great imagery, great design, and a great autograph.

You rarely see these come up for auction but when they do, collectors go crazy for them.

1996 SPx Holoview #8 Michael Jordan Basketball Card Signed AUTO PSA 9

1987 Fleer Sticker #2

Sold in July 2016 for: $17,850

And finally, we have this example of Jordan's 1987 Fleer Sticker that sold in July 2016 for a whopping $17,850.

These days they sell for less than $10,000 so let this be an example that Jordan's cards don't necessarily keep appreciating all the time.

Like any of the Jordan stickers that Fleer produced, these are also extremely condition sensitive.

Not to mention, many kids peeled the stickers off years ago.

With the bright, multi-colored design, this card boasts terrific eye appeal and a great image of Jordan with a big smile on his face.

1987 Fleer Sticker #2 Michael Jordan Basketball Card

Michael Jordan's Legacy

You simply cannot say enough to describe Michael Jordan's playing career.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, Jordan goes down in history as the greatest to ever step on the court.

Known for his offensive acrobatics, Jordan was also a shut down defender making him a potent dual threat.

His list of career accomplishments is stacked but here are several key highlights:

  • 1984-85 Rookie of the Year
  • 6x NBA Champ
  • 5x MVP
  • 14x All-Star
  • 10x Scoring Champ
  • 11x All-NBA

Because of who he is and what he represents to the game of basketball, his cards will remain in high demand for quite some time.

Ross Uitts
 

Ross is the founder of Old Sports Cards and has been collecting sports cards for over 30 years. He also loves to write about the hobby and has written for Beckett, Topps, SABR and of course, this website. Need help buying or selling cards or have a general question about the hobby? Contact him at ross@oldsportscards.com

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