1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jersey Michael Jordan Card sold for $ 2.7 million
One of 23 copies of Michael Jordan’s first autographed relic card sold for $ 2.7 million. It is the most expensive Jordan item ever sold in the hobby according to Goldin Auctions, which facilitated the transaction through its new private sales division.
The record card is an autographed Upper Deck Jordan 1997-98 game jersey numbered 6/23. The card wears a sample Jordan jersey from the 1992 NBA All-Star Game and is rated BGS 8 with an autograph rating of 8.
Souvenir cards were a new concept over 20 years ago and Upper Deck used their exclusive contract with Jordan to create both cards used in the game and a set of 23 hand-numbered cards that also included the signature. by Jordan. These 23 are some of the most sought after modern era basketball cards today. In May of this year, Goldin sold another copy (# 21/23) rated PSA 8/9 for $ 2.1 million at auction. In February, another ’97 -98 Jordan game jersey (rated almost 7 by PSA with an 8 autograph rating) sold for $ 1.44 million through Heritage Auctions.
The sale is the latest illustration of the explosive trading card market. As recently as 2014, a BGS 8.5 / 10 example of the card (# 19/23) sold for $ 45,988, considered an impressive price tag at the time.
“Michael Jordan was one of the most important athletes of all time,” said Ken Goldin, Founder and Executive Chairman of Goldin. “It makes sense that this card – and the innovative new designs and styles of cards it has spawned in the industry – is one of the most important in our hobby. Owning this card is like owning a piece of MJ’s legacy and we were very proud to have had the confidence of this record transaction.
The names of the buyer and seller were not disclosed.