Michael Jordan is perhaps the best basketball player ever to step on to the court. At 6’6’ and 195 lbs he was a monster of a man in his heyday, and is still at 50 a superb.

Hundreds of different Michael Jordan cards were produced over the years by various manufacturers. Some are now valuable. Some go for as little as a dollar. Some people have particular favourites that are perhaps not the most valuable, such as the 1993-94 SkyBox Base Michael Jordan Collection, an item that is certainly very popular and a cool card.

The thing about basketball cards is that they are sentimental. Many people who collect them these days as adults started when they were very young and impressionable. We all have our favourite players and cards and that is one of the great things about setting up a collection.

Trading-cards are available widely on e-Bay and through various other online sources… so it really is possible to get your hands on these cards very easily. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top ten most valuable Michael Jordan cards.

These cards are based on the pricing on eBay and on retail websites, although of course it’s worth remembering that the value of anything is the amount people are willing to pay for it. When the most rare cards come on to the market with autographs on them they can go for a fortune.

The Top 10 Most Expensive MJ Trading-Cards

No. 10: The 1995-96 Upper Deck SP Champions of the Court Die Cut Insert. It is valued at around $100.

No. 9: The 1995-96 Topps Finest Refractor Insert at $150.

No. 8: The 1996-97 Bowman’s Best Cuts Atomic Refractor Insert at $160.

No. 7: The Topps Finest Mystery Gold Refractor Insert at $200.

No. 6: The 1996-97 Bowman’s Best Honor Roll Atomic Refractor Insert at $230.

No. 5: The 1986-87 Fleer Rookie: $400 which is an upgraded card.

No. 4: The 1985-86 Jewel Prism Sticker at $575. 

No. 3: The 1984-85 Start Co XRC. This particular one retails for around $800.

No. 2: The 1995-96 Topps Finest Mystery Test Refractor Insert. This card was distributed in very low numbers and retails on website such as eBay at around $2,000.

No. 1 -- At number one, top of the pile, numero uno… We have the 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Buy Back Autograph. This trading-card retails for a massive $6,500. They are very rare and very, very collectible.

Michael Jordan 1999 Upper Deck Career Card Set
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Interested in Autographed Michael Cards

Of course the ultimate top up to any Michael Jordan collection is an autographed card. Commonly known as ‘autos’, these retail for significantly more than their un-autographed counterparts. It’s important that you consider a number of things before you go for your card.

Look Out for Fakes

There are a lot of fake Jordan autos in the market and so you need to ensure that you have authenticated copies or buy from a trusted seller.

Watch Out for Stick Ons

Some manufacturers didn’t actually have the cards signed by the players; they sent over sheets of plastic and then put these on to the cards. Therefore these particular trading-cards were never actually in the hand of the player, which is a downside to this way of doing things. These are hence less collectable.

The Condition and the Autograph

You need to watch out for the condition of the autograph and the trading-card. When you are buying anything, you need to be discerning. And if a card has streaky autograph ink then it will diminish the value and the appeal of the card. There’s also autograph grading which can be efficiently done on your cards and can therefore increase the value of your card if you get a 10 out of 10.

Buy Back Autograph Cards

These are very in demand cards as they are extremely rare. In nearly every case, the player has actually held these cards in their hands and very few of them are stuck on plastic autographs, if any. Because these cards were put in to the market and were in circulation, the condition is not always great. As with any investment or collectible item, you need to ensure that you buy the best you can and understand the value based on the condition of what you are buying.

So there you have it… a look at the top ten Michael Jordan cards. This great athlete is immortalised in hundreds of great cards. So whatever your budget you can grab a piece of history in every Michael Jordan trading card.