One of Upper Deck’s shrewdest moves was to sign Michael Jordan to an autograph deal just before he won his first NBA title. It paid off handsomely over the years as Jordan stayed loyal and continues to sign for the company.
- Jordan has signed for UD on more than 150 different occasions.
- He is Upper Deck’s longest tenured spokesman and they say they have witnessed every signature trading cards and memorabilia from all of the signings they have done since the partnership began in the early 1990s.
- UD says it limits the amount Jordan signs to keep the market from being over saturated. "It’s important to UD to protect the value of Jordan’s signature for our collectors,” they say (it should be noted, however, that as more cards have been signed in recent years, prices for entry level UD Jordan autos have dropped a bit, allowing more collectors to acquire one).
- Jordan’s first signed trading card was produced in 1996 SPx and it is pretty rare they pop up these days.
- MJ’s first game-used jersey card came in Upper Deck 1997-98 Basketball (Card GJ13) and was inserted 1:55,000 packs. There was also an autographed version that year numbered to just 23 copies.
According to a Tweet from PSA's Joe Orlando, PSA/DNA's Steve Grad will be making several upcoming appearances on the hit TV show Pawn Stars as an autograph expert. PSA, by the way, now has 77,000 sets in its Set Registry.
If I'm a hockey fan and wanting to get into collecting, I think I'd go the game-used route. Prices seem far more reasonable than they are in other sports. MeiGray recently concluded an auction of items from last year's Stanley Cup Finals.
Anze Kopitar's helmet from the decisive Game Six sold for $3,021, and other of his Finals worn helmets brought $1310 but there were several sticks and helmets that went for less than $300 each...a few even less than $200.
Hockey sticks, especially, are generally pretty inexpensive but there is that pesky "where and how do I store it?" question.
Amazon will have authenticated items from the first post-Super Bowl signing event done by MVP Joe Flacco, linebacker Ray Rice and running back Ray Lewis. They are offering a 40% off pre-sale. Items available will include: