One of the 23 autographed Michael Jordan Fleer rookie cards that were part of an Upper Deck 20th anniversary promotion in 2006-07 is on its way to auction.
Christie’s will sell the card, along with five pairs of Jordan shoes, beginning June 1. Among the most sought after Jordan cards in the hobby, it’s expected to sell for $2 million -$3 million according to the auction house. One of them–carrying the same grade but with a 10 autograph grade, sold for $125,000 on eBay in 2020.
Graded 8.5 by BGS with the autograph rated 9, the card will be offered as part of an online-only sale, Six Rings – Legacy of the GOAT. The card and shoes will be exhibited at Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries in New York from June 3-7.
Upper Deck purchased 23 Fleer Jordan rookie cards on the secondary market. They were then autographed by Jordan and randomly inserted into packs of 2006-07 Fleer basketball, the defunct brand that was purchase by Upper Deck. Those who pulled the redemption card sent them to the company and received one of the signed Jordan rookie buybacks. It was part of a season-long promotion centered around Jordan.
Of the 23 cards released, only 14 cards are known, graded, and in the hands of private collectors.
The card offered by Christie’s is the second highest graded UDA signed Fleer #57 cards in existence, and comes with the original Upper Deck redemption card.
The remaining items in the auction include a pair of dual signed original 1985 ‘Chicago’ Jordan 1s, Player Exclusive (PE) ‘Fire Red’ Jordan Vs, dual signed ‘Bordeaux’ Jordan VIIs, PE ‘Flint’ Jordan XIIIs, and a pair of dual signed PE Jordan Low XIIIs, the pair featured in the Last Dance documentary and worn by Jordan during his second-to-last game as a Bull in Game 5 of the 1998 Finals, which are expected to sell for $500,000 or more.