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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.

1986-87 FLEER MICHAEL JORDAN ROOKIE CARD RC #57 MINT BULLS HOF PSA 9
15 bids - Price: $1,125.00 - Watchers: 47
Item # 161437109673
MICHAEL JORDAN 1986-87 FLEER ROOKIE RC #57 PSA 1 MK POP 2 WITH QUAL
29 bids - Price: $155.50 - Watchers: 36
Item # 361063110707
MICHAEL JORDAN Rookie 1986-87 Fleer RC #57 and 1986 #8 Fleer Sticker - WOW!!
20 bids - Price: $900.00 - Watchers: 33
Item # 251658025950
Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card Beckett 9 Mint .5 Away From Gem Mint!!!
7 bids - Price: $2,000.00 - Watchers: 31
Item # 111473501009
1986-87 Fleer Basketball #57 Michael Jordan Rc Rookie card Beckett BGS 8 NM-MT
20 bids - Price: $815.00 - Watchers: 29
Item # 141422717562
1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card Lot Gold Cards Gold Stamp & More
11 bids - Price: $510.00 - Watchers: 25
Item # 201180687507
1986/87 Fleer Basketball set 1-132, missing only #57 Michael Jordan.
8 bids - Price: $33.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 151425855432
1986/87 fleer michael jordan rc sticker card #8/11
3 bids - Price: $26.02 - Watchers: 13
Item # 171480282633
1986-87 Fleer #57 MICHAEL JORDAN Chicago Bulls rookie BGS 8.5 (8.5 8.5 9 8.5) BG
1 bids - Price: $1,100.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 151425534038
Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer Rookie RC #57 PSA 9
5 bids - Price: $1,625.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 221563645933
1986/87 Fleer Stickers #8 Michael Jordan!!!
1 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 7
Item # 191352537508
1986-87 Fleer # 57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card Reprint
2 bids - Price: $1.50 - Watchers: 6
Item # 261608480068
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan #57
1 bids - Price: $1.00 - Watchers: 4
Item # 321537871207
1986-87 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan RC Rookie BGS 8.5 NM-MT+ w 9 CENTERED
4 bids - Price: $610.00 - Watchers: 4
Item # 381011188712
1986-87 FLEER MICHAEL JORDAN RC ROOKIE REPRINT # 57
5 bids - Price: $5.00 - Watchers: 3
Item # 221557449128
Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer Style Alternate Reprint RP ACEO Card Rookie RC 57 -
1 bids - Price: $7.99 - Watchers: 1
Item # 281454998805
Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer Style Alternate Reprint RP ACEO Card Rookie RC 57 .
2 bids - Price: $8.49 - Watchers: 1
Item # 281454996582
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