Archive for Michael Jordan

Cardboard bucket list item acquired; Welcome Michael Jordan auto

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , on August 21, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

 There are few players who played their respective sport at the level at which Michael Jordan did. And when it comes to the hobby, there is probably no other name who commands the premium that Jordan does.

When it comes to Jordan, I never tried to compete with other collectors to get his cards. Yes, I own his 1986-87 Fleer rookie.   

I own his Nike postcard “rookie”  

I also recently added a Gem Mint 1994 Collector’s Choice baseball rookie to my collection.  

I also own a dual-relic baseball card.  

But the one glaring hole in my collection — not just Jordan collection, but my entire card collection — has been a Jordan autograph.

Well, that problem has been solved.

Let me introduce you to my newest addition. The latest bucket list card marked off the list. Here is the 2013-14 UD Black “Old School” Michael Jordan autograph, limited to just 23 copies.  

Jordan autographs are readily available, but they are pricey.  And they come in so many variations that I wanted to make sure that when I acquired one it was one I actually wanted to hold onto.

The price point for this one was on par with what one would expect to pay for a Jordan auto. And while I would have preferred a Bulls card (always two to three times what I paid for this one) or a White Sox card (doesn’t exist) this on-card example is far superior to the signed floor cards that are all over the market.

And so, my Jordan auto has arrived and taken its place in my collection. It might be times to settle down on the big purchases and start purging again, just as I did in 2010 after I acquired my 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card.

Just what I always wanted … A Gem Mint Michael Jordan rookie

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , , on July 20, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I received a package from CheckOutMyCards recently chock full of items I wanted for my PC.  My intention was to write one post showing them all but that’d be quite lengthy. So I’ll go about this in a different manner and show items on an individual or group basis.

 I’ll start with a BGS 9.5 1994 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice rookie card of Michael Jordan. While it is no where near in demand as his 1986-87 Fleer basketball rookie card, this Gem Mint copy of this Jordan rookie will look fantastic in my collection with my BGS 6 Fleer basketball Jordan and 6.5 1986 Nike Postcard.

Jordan had three rookie cards produced in 1994, all by Upper Deck.  He has basic Upper Deck, the Collector’s Choice card shown here, and a Fun Packs card, which is not as easy to find, but hardly rare.

Right after I bought the Gem Mint copy, I picked up a raw “silver signature” parallel for about $1.  Why? Why not!

And for good measure I shelled out another $3 for two more Jordan baseball cards.  A 1994 Action Packed Minor Leagues card and a 1995 Upper Deck card featuring Jordan and Harry Carey. 


Thrift Treasures 87: Starting LineUp cards galore, including Jordan (SLUs!)

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

When I was a kid, we didn’t have highly detailed McFarlane toys for athletes. Instead, we had Starting LineUps, made by Kenner.
For a while these toys were hot. They were first produced in 1988, and I believe they ran until 2000, at which time the aforementioned McFarlane line had entered the scene.

The Kenner toys weren’t detailed, but the faces sort of looked like the players, and if nothing else the uniforms at least helped us figure out who the figure depicted.

One of the cool things about Starting LineUps, or SLUs, was the fact that they came with at least one card, and sometimes a second card, a coin, or a poster. I liked the figures but I always wanted the cards, because when it gets down to it, I’m a card guy. 

While I never personally opened my SLUs when they were sealed — I hung them on the wall — I always traded for the cards when people made them available.

So, imagine the giddiness that came over me this week when I hit a thrift store and saw this.

I asked to see the box up close and could see that it was full of SLU cards.

I then peaked at another box and saw that it, too, had more SLU cards.

I busted into the boxes and stopped immediately when I saw the 1988 Statting LineUp card shown above.  It was in the first stack I grabbed.  The Jordan hails from the very first basketball release for this set.  Crazy to think that this card would be found in the wild like this.  Sure, it’s not mint. And true, it’s not worth big money, but this is not a card you should find in a thrift store.

While there was not another Jordan SLU card in the box, I did find many stars and in all nearly 250 SLU cards, most of which are basketball.

It’s worth noting that the Tim Duncan shown here is a rookie-year card release. 

I can’t possibly show all of the cards, but here are a few more

Additionally, there were 17 posters.


Total cost of these treasures: $17.98

You can see more Thrift Treasures posts Here.

Michael Jordan wishes you a Happy Valentines Day

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , on February 13, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Raise your hand of you have these bad boys out during Valentines Day during the early 1990s!


I sure as hell did. And honestly, I wish a kept a box of them for myself.

I have memories of tearing these perforated cards off the sheet and taping them to boxes of Sweethearts. Even the girls got cards of MJ.

They’re cheesy as hell, but now nearly a quarter century (let that sink in) they are a classic throwback.

Happy Valentines Day!

Thrift Treasures 64: The Premiere Editions

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on March 1, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

ThriftTreasuresLogoSo here’s a short Thrift Treasures post that’s been sitting in my queue for a while.  About two months ago while hunting treasures in the California’s south bay cities of Campbell and San Jose, I went to a Salvation Army that I only get to maybe once every two or three months,

Judging by the throngs of people I run into there, it’s definitely on the radar for treasure hunting folks. Sometimes it’s people looking for jewelry, other times its people seeking art or anything else they can flip on eBay.  I dabble in some of those areas as well, but head straight for sports stuff regardless of the circumstances.

During this trip, there were no cards. BUT there were two card-related items … which of course I had to own.  Which is why I am even writing this.

Granted these items were in the area designated by store employees as the “Collectibles” and their prices relative to the rest of the second-hand items int he store seem a tad inflated. But during my decade-plus of treasure seeking I’ve never seen these, so they were mine.

IMG_6825Here we have the first issue of Beckett Basketball featuring some player you may or may not heard. Michael Jordan graces the cover of the first every Beckett Basketball, which is the March/April 1990 issue.  These aren’t rare. You’ll find them at various card shows and on eBay of course.  But for $5.50 I figured I’d bite.  Especially since it was kept in pretty good shape.  The cover is stiff.   The articles inside talk about how the basketball card market has grown to a state where a magazine was warranted.  And of course there is the price guide.  I won’t go over everything, but I will answer the question that is on your mind: How much was the 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card worth then? Answer: $175, high book.

The other magazine t also cost me $5.50 is the premiere edition of the Topps Magazine.  Some of you may not have even been born — sad, but true — when Topps had its own Magazine. Well, here it is, the first edition — featuring Jose Canseco on the front.  The inside has a strip of cards that featured various players, primarily one George Kenneth Griffey Jr. and a pull-out poster showcasing every single one of the 792 cards that make up the 1990 Topps set.

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While there are all sorts of cool little tidbits in this magazine, it is worth noting that there is a short article on the highly-coveted 1990 Topps George H.W. Bush Yale.

IMG_6824In short, the story says that President Bush is a baseball fan, he played on the 1948 Yale University team that went to the College World Series, and Bush’s grandsons apparently asked someone why President Bush didn’t have a baseball card. Word got to Topps; Topps made just a few of the cards and delivered them to President Bush. The article says the cards are not for sale to the public and that they likely would never reach the secondary market.  The author does, however, speculate what collectors would pay for “the rarest baseball card Topps ever printed.”


Thrift Treasures XLV: 2012 San Francisco Tri-Star Show Haul 3/3

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Well, I made it.  I managed to scan the remaining 200 cards that I bought at the Tri-Star show.  And if you thought Part One and Part Two of this special Thrift Treasures series were awesome, I’m telling you …






1990 Score Bo Jackson FB/BB

This is Part Three of Three

I’ve been going to this annual card show consistently for the last six years.  And it was not until three years ago that I learned that the real point of going to these shows was to swoop in on the bargains that are hiding in the dime boxes.

I used to go to the show to look at cards I could not afford, buy some packs and supplies and leave with a handful of cards that really didn’t satisfy my appetite.

But over the years I have learned that I can pretty much buy any card I really want at any time; and a lot of the packs at the show might have been touched by a dozen too many hands if you catch my drift.  So why waste my money and time to go look at stuff that is always accessible to me?  What’s not always available are super cheap cards.  Now when I go, I spend 90 percent of my time digging through bargain bins, 5 percent looking for bargain bins that don’t exist, and 5 percent looking at the autograph area where the athlete’s are hidden behind a blue curtain hoping to catch a glimpse of a legend.

OK, enough of that diatribe.

The following cards are ALL from the same dealer.  The sign on the table said 25 cents each, or 100 for $10.

Do the math and that’s a dime each if you find enough.

Trust me, I found enough.

In the end, these all came out to 10 cents each.  I found 200 cards that had to come home with me.  There were probably another 100 I could have settled on owning, but this was the FIRST table I stopped at.  I spent 90 minutes here and I wanted to see what other treasures I could unearth.

Let’s kick things off in grand fashion.

1992-1993 Upper Deck Team MVP Michael Jordan

Meet Michael.  He’s kind of a big deal in the hobby.  Even his most basic card should not be in a dime box.  And now consider that this is an insert … and he’s holding the NBA’s biggest prize.  He’s no stranger to the trophy, and he’ll be no stranger in this post.  This card alone holds a Book Value of $25.

1959 Topps San Francisco 49ers Checklist

I was in San Francisco, right? Why was this card still sitting in this box?

vintage Fleer baseball A's sticker

I love these vintage stickers.  I still have all of the stickers from the Fleer packs I opened in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  Maybe I’ll met my kids play with them when they are older.

Let’s stick with vintage for a few …

1974 Wonder Bread Paul Warfield

1974 Wonder Bread Larry Csonka

1971 Topps Game Inserts Frank Tarkenton

1970 Kellogg's (Blank Bank) Bill Nelsen

1978-1979 Topps Stan Mikita

1981 Kellogg's George Hendrick

1974 Topps Ron Santo

1974 Topps Larry Bowa

1974 Topps Eddie Mathews

1968 Topps Tony Perez

1970 Topps Tony Perez

1974 Topps Tony Perez

1970 Topps Joe Morgan

1972 Topps Joe Morgan

Some random old school Garbage Pail Kids stickers.  I still can’t believe my mom was buying these for my sister and I when we were 5. Crazy.

Here’s that Michael Jordan guy again …

2 1992-1993 Upper Deck McDonald's Michael Jordan Holograms

I remember when Upper Deck and McDonald’s collaborated for this set.  I never had the fortune of pulling one of these holograms, although I did wind up with a dozen Tom Gugliotta and Alonzo Mourning rookies. ugh …  Guess I got the last laugh though.

Who likes wrestling legends?  These two might look familiar from earlier in this series.

1987 WWF Topps Bartolo Colon Andre The Giant

1987 WWF Topps Hulk Hogan IA

And baseball legends?

1993 Topps Archives 1953 Series Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle

1991 Foot Locker Bo Jackson

6 1994 Action Packed Roberto Clemente cards

Some randomness …

1990 Leaf John Smoltz

1994 Mother's Cookies Rookies of the Year -- Tim Salmon / Mike Piazza

1994 Mother's Cookies Rookie of the Year -- Tim Salmon/Mike Piazza -- still in wrapper

1996 SPX Bound for Glory Mike Piazza

Hey, look, it’s Michael Jordan again …

1989 Hoops Michael Jordan and David Robinson IA

And some more randomness …

1997 Circa Super Boss Bernie Williams

1998 Donruss Diamond Kings Bernie Williams /10,000

1998 Topps Mystery Finest Borderless Greg Maddux

1998 Topps Etch-A-Sketch Greg Maddux

1990 Action Packed Barry Sanders

1995 Leaf Limited Gold Don Mattingly

1991 Upper Deck Holograms Emmitt Smith

1997 Upper Deck Power Package Barry Bonds

1996 Leaf Limited Steel Gold Hideo Nomo -- w/ Protective Coating

Look, it’s Mike again…

1992-1992 Upper Deck Holograms Michael Jordan #AW1

1991-1992 Upper Deck Holograms Michael Jordan #AW4

You know you love holograms!

1991 Upper Deck Holograms Hank Aaron

1989 Score Joe Montana

And now some mini player collections …

1989 Score Jerry Rice

6 1987 Topps Jerry Rice

1996 Summit Turf Team Jerry Rice /4000

The Iron Man …

1984 Topps Cal Ripken Jr.

1986 Fleer All-Stars Cal Ripken Jr.

1992 Fleer Team Leaders Cal Ripken Jr.

1992 Ultra Award Winners Cal Ripken Jr.

The Big Hurt …

1992 Donruss Diamond Kings Inserts Frank Thomas

1997 Topps All Stars Frank Thomas

1998 Metal Universal Language Frank Thomas

1993 Upper Deck Clutch Performers Frank Thomas

1998 Metal Universe Diamond Heroes Frank Thomas

1997 Topps Interleague Finest Frank Thomas / Sammy Sosa

1991 Stadium Club Frank Thomas

The Kid …

1987 Moeller High School Unauthorized and 1988 Spirit Ken Griffey Jr.

3 1991 Fleer All-Stars Ken Griffey Jr

The Ryan Express …

6 1989 Upper Deck Nolan Ryan triple exposure

6 1989 Upper Deck High Series Nolan Ryan w/ Football

I know I am not the only one who remembers how hot these Nolan Ryan cards were.  Especially that high series card where he’s throwing a football.  You know you still love it.

And of course Jordan again …

Quick short story.

As I was digging through these boxes, the seller was sitting behind the table somewhat frantically shuffling through some stacks of cards.  I was doing the same, pulling out dozens of stuff as you can see.  Then I come across a little black box …

Just as I add it to my stack, the seller slumps his shoulders and is clearly dejected.  He mutters the following:

“Oh, you found it.”

He immediately stops shuffling and stands up.  From that moment on, he is watching me like a hawk as I am pulling out dozens more cards.

He didn’t say much else, and I was not about to offer to allow him to keep the cards.  That’s a bad precedent to start … and it’d be bad etiquette for him to ask me to give it back to him.  If we started down that road, there is no telling what else he might ask me to give back to him.

Here’s what was in the box … the 1991 Nike promotional set featuring Michael Jordan and Spike Lee.

Classic stuff.

Not bad eh?

Well …


While I would have been pleased to purchase everything shown above for a dime each, I would not have gone out of my way to pimp my finds on Twitter.  You know I had to uncover some rookie cards.

8 1988 Topps Traded Tino Martinez rookie cards

Another 1981 Topps Dan Hampton rookie card

1981 Topps Dwight Clark rookie card

1990 Action Packed Junior Seau Rookie Card

3 1984 Topps Roger Craig rookie cards

1980-1981 Topps Mike Ramsey rookie cards

1978-1979 Topps Doug Wilson rookie card

1974 Topps Bucky Dent rookie card

1974 Topps Gorman Thomas rookie card

1979 Topps Carney Lansford rookie card

1985 Topps Orel Hershiser rookie card

1981 Topps Kirk Gibson rookie card

5 1989 Upper Deck Randy Johnson rookie cards

1990 Bowman Frank Thomas rookie card

4 1990 Score Frank Thomas rookie cards

1989 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card

2 1991 Topps Chipper Jones rookie cards

These Topps Chipper Jones rookies are some of my favorite cards of his.

But I like the 1991 Upper Deck rookie better.

I found a few of those …

BUT …  There weren’t just two of them …

… or four of them …

… or six of them.

Try 32!

32 1991 Upper Deck Chipper Jones rookie cards

Don’t ask me who needs 32 of these.  There is no way I pass on these when they cost a dime each.

Who wants to see more rookies?

That Barry Sanders guy was pretty good …

6 1989 Pro Set Barry Sanders rookie cards

Say what you want about Barry Bonds, but he is the Home Run King. Think I found any of his rookies?

Maybe one …

Maybe two …

Maybe three …


How about 15!

15 1987 Topps Barry Bonds rookie cards

OK … now we’re hitting the home stretch.

I promise.

1977-1978 Topps Darryl Dawkins rookie card

4 1993 Bowman Andy Pettitte rookie cards

1971 Topps Dave Concepcion rookie card

Now the final three …

1993 Topps Derek Jeter rookie card

2 1977 Topps Bruce Sutter rookie cards

And lastly …

Is that a …

What the puck!?


It may not be pretty, but that IS a 1980-1981 Topps Ray Bourque rookie card.

Did I mention these were all a dime each?

Total cost of these Treasures: $20

Simply put this was the greatest card show haul I’ve ever had. And I thank you for taking the time to view this post, as well as the other two parts of this series.  If you care to revisit them, or view them for the first time, click the links below.

Part One // Part Two // Part Three

Thrift Treasures XLIII: A `Platinum’ in the rough

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

There are some things I know to be true.  One of them is that a certain San Francisco Bay Area thrift store ALWAYS has a trough full of cards priced at 10 cents each.  Whether or not they are worth that much is always up for debate, but they are there for the picking.

It’s the same store at which I bought the reprinted of the first Sports Illustrated magazine, a piece I posted yesterday.  I actually bought the cards in this post along with the rookie edition of SI, but figured the magazine was so awesome it had to be shared on its own.

If you follow me on twitter, you may have already seen what I saw at this shop.

Looks like a mess to a lot of people.

I think it looks like potential.

Normally I would have spent the next hour or two pouring over this entire box to purchase anything I found interesting.  But on this day I didn’t have the luxury of time.  I had to do a cursory search. Continue reading


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