Were the photos used for Michael Jordan’s 1984-85 Star Company #101 and the 1986-87 Fleer rookie card taken at the same game? Matt Cassidy of JordanCards.com lays out a pretty strong case that they were.
The images were both clearly taken during Jordan’s first NBA season and during Bulls’ road games against the Nets. Narrowing it down to the specific game took some digging.
There’s a Starline poster of Jordan that offered some assistance and so did the original Star Company transparencies that are being offered for sale by long time basketball card expert Steve Taft.
The date of the game was December 14, 1984, when the Nets held on to win despite 34 points from the Bulls’ young star. “Somewhere between Jordan’s whams, slams and backdoor jams, the Nets managed to build and blow a 19-point lead last night before scratching their way to a second straight victory,” is how Philip Bondy of the New York Daily News described it.
The Jordan rookie sticker appears to be from a game against the Nets later that season.
A signed copy of the Jordan rookie sticker graded 8 by Beckett sold for $21,600 in PWCC’s Weekly auction.
The big sellers turned out to be a run of the highest graded 1969-70 Topps Basketball cards.
A PSA 10 Kevin Loughery rookie card sold for a whopping $84,000 while a Dick Barnett rookie netted $78,000. Others from the first “tall boy” basketball card set—all graded 10—included Ron Williams ($60,000); Tom Meschery ($55,200) and Terry Dischinger ($52,800).
Fanatics still has several dozen open positions inside its Collectibles division.
They include talent licensing jobs that involve coordinating deals with players for autographs, marketing and PR, video producers, sales positions, technical roles and even those who will be tasked with writing the backs of cards.
Most jobs appear to be based in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, but some may be remote positions.
Lifelong autograph collector and SC Daily contributor Tim Gallagher has met some of the biggest names in sports, dating back to the late 1960s. Growing up in Ohio, he chased Reds players and college basketball superstars.
He’s downsized his collection a bit, selling off some valuable Michael Jordan rookie card autographs, but still has about 18,000 items—from the famous to the obscure.
He talks with The Coast News about how it all started and why still loves the chase.