The most in-demand Michael Jordan rookie card is the 1986 Fleer #57. No diehard fan can be without one of these. The value for a ungraded card is around $100 and up depending on crispness as well as the quality of the printing: corners, surface and centering are all taken into account.
There are tons of reprints out there so be careful when purchasing an original. This might be the most frequently counterfeited basketball card ever. Only buy it from a reputable dealer. Investors opt for a PSA, BGS or SGC graded 1986 Fleer #57 as it can be considered a liquid asset. Today, a PSA 8.0 can fetch a price between $550-$700 while a Gem-Mint PSA 10.0 (perfect card) can get $6,000-7,000 at an auction.
In his first year in the NBA, Jordan averaged 28.2 ppg on 51.5% shooting. He quickly got fans and the media on his side, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated after being a professional for only a month. When Jordan was voted in as an All-Star starter by the fans much jealousy arose among other players. Veterans found it unfair that a rookie was getting so much attention. As a result they initiated a “freeze-out” on Jordan, where teammates did not pass him the ball for the duration the All-Star game. The mishap left Jordan unaffected as he continued to dominate during the season, earning him the Rookie of the Year title.
Bo Jackson is an anomaly in professional sports as he was able to keep up a career in both football and baseball. His football rookie card was issued as #327 by Topps and has a value of $5 in near mint to mint condition. Be sure to check Beckett pricing for a more accurate quote. In addition there are various Bo Jackson rookie cards by Donruss, Score and Fleer.
Jackson was selected first overall in the 1986 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers management feared their prized draftee would get injured playing baseball for Auburn. During a private plane trip that cost Bo his college eligibility, they warned him that he would have to quit his baseball career to play with The Buccaneers. This turn of events led to him signing with the Kansas City Royals. However, since he did not meet the regulations of the 1987 draft, his name was tossed back into the draft regardless. The Los Angeles Raiders chose Jackson during the 7th round, making him the 183rd pick overall.
Raiders owner Al Davis supported Jackson’s baseball career by creating a contract that gave him a special playing schedule so the football season wouldn’t conflict with his duties as a baseball player. Once he had joined the Raiders for the 1987 season, Jackson rushed for 554 yards on 81 carries in just seven games. Not bad for “second string” player behind Marcus Allen.
There are 16 variations of Barry Bonds rookie cards, including XRCs (extended rookie cards). The 1986 cards made by Topps, Fleer, and Donruss are considered XRCs. Sportflics also included Bonds in their set for the 1986 season. 1987 rookie cards included in standard sets were produced by Fleer, Topps, Donruss, and Leaf. The most widely traded Bonds rookie card is his 1987 Fleer.
Values listed are for un-graded cards in mint condition and are here to give you a rough estimation of value only. Please see a Beckett price guide for the most recent figures. Usually these cards are sold slightly under the list price.
In 1986, Bonds had a batting average of .311 in 44 games played for the Hawaii Islanders. He moved up to the major league on May 30 of the same year. Bonds led National League (NL) rookies with impressive stats: 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 36 stolen bases and 65 walks. Surprisingly he only managed to finish 6th place in Rookie of the Year voting.
The two most commonly collected “Saint Patrick” rookie cards were issued by O-Pee-Chee and Topps in 1986. The O-Pee-Chee card carries the most value and is the most in-demand card today.
In mint condition, the value of a Patrick Roy rookie card is no less than $200. In local markets where Roy is most celebrated (Montreal and Colorado to name a few) the prices are inflated due to high demand.
As a 20-year old, Roy became the youngest Conn Smythe winner ever as MVP of the 1986 Stanley Cup Finals. In turn, he was also chosen for the NHL All-Rookie Team and nicknamed St. Patrick by fans. Roy continued goaltending for the Montreal Canadiens, who dominated at the Adams Division in 1987–88 and in 1988–89.
Roy’s jersey number 33 is retired by the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. As coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts, Patrick was the seventh rookie to win the Cup.
Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card was released by Topps and O-Pee-Chee in 1979. In both sets, the card is #18.
The only differences between the Topps and O-Pee-Chee cards are the logos and bilingual languages on the reverse of the O-Pee-Chee card for the Canadian market (English/French).
The card shows his stats from the 1978-79 season in the WHA.
The O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card can often fetch $1,000, depending on the condition, while the Topps card can be had for about half the cost.
The only PSA Gem Mint card ever given a grade of 10 sold for $80,000 at an auction in 2006.
Wayne Gretzky started playing for the WHA at age 17. When he went professional for the 1979-1980 season, Wayne was considered the best prospect to turn professional since Guy Lafleur. As Captain of the Edmonton Oilers during the 1979-1980 season Gretzky scored 51 goals and gained 86 assists for a total 137 points in 79 games played (average of 1.734 points per game).