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    The hallmark of the elite modern collector...

    1986 Fleer Michael Jordan #57 PSA Gem Mint 10. It's been a century and a half since the Wright brothers of Cincinnati appeared with their fellow Red Stockings upon the first sports trading card, and the hobby thunders ever onward from those earliest days in myriad formats too plentiful to enumerate. But for those purists with a concentration in the post-war hobby, it is widely considered that the opening and closing bookends are represented by the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 and the card presented in glorious condition here, the 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan #57.

    What would follow in the wake of this historic set (of which Jordan is simply the most noteworthy, but far from the only key card) has been a mixture of mass production so profound as to leave thirty-year old shrink-wrapped sets priced below their original rates, and the practice of special insert cards produced in extremely limited populations so as to provide a manufactured rarity that no "standard issue" set possibly could.

    So while Michael Jordan is commonly and properly considered to be the start of multiple new eras--from NBA domination to a sports marketing empire like no other--here he marks the end of a different era. No standard-issue card after this one ever has, or ever will, command such rapt attention or massive prices.

    With a global audience trapped in their homes without any sports but "The Last Dance" documentary to enjoy, a new generation has entered the Church of Jordan as devout adherents, fueling a pricing boom. Our May 2020 auction set a new mark for a PSA Gem Mint 10 example, a $96,000 sale price that proves the dominance of His Airness just as inarguably as the six rings on his fingers.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2020
    29th-30th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 36
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