You may have Magic Johnson’s rookie card, but how about his rookie ride?
It’s a definite “1/1” and you won’t have to get it graded.
A 1979 Mercedes 450 SL automobile once owned by the Hall of Fame hooper is up for sale, with an asking price that’s similar to a mint condition copy of that Topps rookie card he shares with Larry Bird.
The car has been in the possession of a Lansing, MI doctor since the 1980s. Tom Jamieson says he bought it from Johnson and has owned it ever since. The asking price? $24,000 but Jamieson says he’ll listen to offers.
“It needs to be driven,” he told the Lansing State Journal. “Somebody needs to take it and drive it, ride it and use it. I don’t know that Magic cares at all what happens with it but I do. I think it would be fun for someone to have.”
The car is a hard top with leather interior and an old school stereo inside. It hasn’t been driven all that much over the years, accumulating only 46,000 miles. Jamieson told the newspaper he typically only drives it a few times each year during and only the warm weather months. The rest of the year, it stayed in a garage.
Jamieson specialized in sports medicine and has known and worked with the Michigan State and Lakers legend since “Earvin” Johnson was a high school standout. He says when Johnson found out how much he liked the car, he agreed to let him test drive it for months, then sold it to him.
When the car was transported from Southern California to Michigan, there was a basketball inside. Jamieson has kept it and is hoping to have his old friend sign it and will include it with the purchase price.