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Market Report: 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Cards Soaring

It isn’t scarce.  Not in the true sense of the word.  PSA has examined over 14,000 of them alone and when you count Beckett and SGC as well as the many cards sitting in sets or just left ungraded, it’s clear you don’t have to go far to find one.  However, the 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan card is clearly the most popular basketball card ever made and prices continue to steadily climb.

It may be a case similar to that of the Babe Ruth autographed baseball:  many exist, but still not enough to satisfy demand.

Jordan rookie The PitBGS 10 Michael JordanFrom kids who idolized his ability and are now grown and able to afford one to adults who believe there is more growth to come and are investing in Michael Jordan rookie cards, there is always interest. In 2009 we wrote that high grade Jordan rookie cards still seemed to be a good buy and indeed, dealers have seen semi-explosive growth in the last couple of years.

From September of 2013 to February 20 of 2014, no Jordan card graded 8.5 by PSA sold for over $1,000.  Since then, the average price has been around $1,250.

Prices for mint Jordans (graded 9) have more than doubled since 2007.  As recently as 2013, 9’s often struggled to reach $2,000 but one sold for $3,383 this year and many have brought $2,500-$3,000.  Even just three years ago, $1,000-$1,500 was the going rate.

Beckett Graded 9.5 Jordan rookie cards are hot, too.  One sold last week for over $5,600.  Three years ago, a Pristine BGS 10 sold for $100,000, generating some headlines and possibly helping fuel some of the growth for lesser graded Jordan rookies.

According to Vintage Card Prices, 13 of the last 16 sales of Jordan rookie cards in PSA 10 holders have been at $10,000 or more, again showing a 100% growth rate compared to 2007 levels when the going rate was around $5,000.  Even in 2012, average selling prices fell between $8,000 and $9,500.

The Jordan sticker from that inaugural 1980s Fleer set has also been climbing in price, especially graded examples.

Below is a list of the most watched 1986-87 Fleer Micheal Jordan cards for sale on eBay right now.

Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer No.57 Rookie BGS Grade 8.5 NMint-Mint+
61 bids - Price: $930.00 - Watchers: 33
Item # 321563271607
1993-94 Stadium Club First Day Issue #1 Michael Jordan TD 1986-87 fleer 57 Rc
5 bids - Price: $17.05 - Watchers: 23
Item # 151453593055
1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rc Rookie BGS 9.5 GEM MINT !!!
6 bids - Price: $3,344.55 - Watchers: 22
Item # 221590536270
MICHAEL JORDAN 1986 87 FLEER # 8 CHICAGO BULLS ROOKIE STICKER
29 bids - Price: $42.55 - Watchers: 18
Item # 311148647277
Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer Premier Rookie BGS Gr 7.5 Near Mint +
3 bids - Price: $500.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 111499783030
1986/87 FLEER BASKETBALL STICKER MICHAEL JORDAN GRADED GEM/ELITE 10 PRISTINE.
13 bids - Price: $150.18 - Watchers: 12
Item # 151455695583
1986-87 Fleer #8 MICHAEL JORDAN Sticker RC BGS 8
18 bids - Price: $153.61 - Watchers: 12
Item # 151454659664
1995-96 Michael Jordan Mystery Borderless Silver #M1 57 1986-87 rc rookie fleer
6 bids - Price: $4.25 - Watchers: 11
Item # 151453586401
1999 Extreme Air Michael Jordan #EA5 1986-87 rc rookie fleer 57
3 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 10
Item # 151453599088
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Sticker #8
4 bids - Price: $2.84 - Watchers: 9
Item # 351211975302
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie RP #57 5 Card Lot
1 bids - Price: $8.99 - Watchers: 8
Item # 301369476376
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie RP #57- Gradable 10 Card Lot
3 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 6
Item # 301373413454
1986-87 Fleer STICKER Near Complete Set (No Michael Jordan) Kareem Dr. J Magic +
2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 5
Item # 311154894992
1986-87 Fleer Basketball Set MICHAEL JORDAN sticker GU jersey auto huge lot SHAQ
1 bids - Price: $547.00 - Watchers: 1
Item # 231371073607
1986/87 FLEER JACK SIKMA CARD NO#102 from the Michael Jordan rookie set
3 bids - Price: $1.54 - Watchers: 0
Item # 121470944026
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