A stray red piece of cardboard fiber falls off a Michael Jordan rookie card and turns it into a potential windfall.
Crazy things have happened since card grading became a hobby staple in the 1990s. Some are public knowledge, others most assuredly not. The difference between one grade to the next –and even one grading company to the next for various cards–can earn sellers a lot of money and many will do anything and everything to work the system.
Beckett Grading Services has announced that it has awarded only its second "10" or "Pristine" grade to a 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card. The company reports that the owner asked BGS to crack it from its another company’s holder in an attempt
to attain a BGS 9.5 or 10 grade.
Beckett went into its special card-cracking room, got out the tools and freed MJ from his plastic tomb. A tiny fiber dropped off in the process, thus resulting in a possible windfall for the seller who has placed it on eBay with a Buy it Now price of $150,000.
One can buy a dandy PSA or SGC mint MJ rookie for about $4,000-5,000. We’re pretty sure none of this makes much sense, but here’s the full story.