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Christmas means presents and basketball in New York by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor | Commentary

Christmas means presents, family and friends. In the sports world, it means a lot of basketball.

The NBA featured five games of some of the best teams and greatest historical rivalries in this year‘s edition.

The first game began with the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls, who have played each other often on Christmas, but this was the first time since the Michael Jordan era the Bulls have played on Dec. 25. New York has played on Christmas more than 40 times.

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This Michael Jordan jersey auction is out of this world by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

You’ve probably seen a few Michael Jordan game-used jerseys through the years, but this one’s out of this world.

Forget Jordan’s Chicago Bulls threads — or his somewhat-forgettable-anyway Washington Wizards gear — this one has to be one of the rarer Jordan jerseys around. It’s a jersey that was prepped for his use in the 1996 movie, Space Jam, where His Airness co-starred with Bugs Bunny.

Think what you want about the Warner Bros. film, but it made $90.4 million at the box office after it was released in late 1996. And for all those kids out there that undoubtedly saw the movie  — and their parents, of course — the jersey might be an interesting piece of basketball, film or MJ history for them.

After all, many of those 1996 kiddos and pre-teens are likely in their 20s now — and they have spending power, right?

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Collect Call: Talking with a serious Michael Jordan collector by Chris Olds
July 28, 2010, 2:51 pm
Filed under: Hall of Fame, NBA | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler as he talks to Lou Costabile, a serious collector of rare Michael Jordan basketball cards in this edition of Collect Call.

***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (5-14) Contest No. 4 — 2009-10 Absolute Memorabilia … the rest of the box! by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related triviaand this week’s biggest prize is courtesy of Topps.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Examining the Basketball Hall of Fame’s latest class on cards by Chris Olds

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has unveiled its 2010 class of inductees, a crop that includes representatives from from all levels of basketball — and even “The Dream Team” from the 1992 Olympics.

Here’s a rundown of who’s in and where they appear on cardboard …

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Perfect Michael Jordan Rookie Card sells for $200,000 by Chris Olds

A BGS 10 Pristine copy of Michael Jordan’s 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card has sold for $200,000 in a privately brokered deal.

The card, one of only two BGS 10s in existence, was purchased by Georgia native Sean Storms, an investor who focuses on elite cards such as these. His plans for the card? To pair it with its other BGS 10 buddy and tuck them away in his private collection.

“It won’t see the light of day for at least 10 years, maybe 15,” he said. “I’m very excited to have the card.”

The card wasn’t easy to find, and Storms is seriously interested in finding the other BGS 10.

“There are only two perfect cards in the world,” he said, noting that he’s confident that the 10s aren’t comparable to the 9.5s out there, many of which have been resubmitted by owners seeking grade bumps multiple times only to have had the 10 elude them.

It’s not the only notable transaction of the year for Storms, who works in the solar energy field, as he sold a BGS 10 Joe Montana 1981 Topps Rookie Card for $65,880 in June.

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Upper Deck Authenticated unveils Shepard Fairey’s Michael Jordan artwork by Chris Olds

Jordan UNC-50

Upper Deck Authenticated unveiled on Tuesday three new Michael Jordan prints commissioned by Obama “Hope” artist Shepard Fairey.

The series of prints featuring the new Hall of Famer focuses on key accomplishments from Jordan’s career — his NCAA championship with the North Carolina, his six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and and his Hall of Fame induction.
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Upper Deck aims to floor Michael Jordan collectors by Chris Olds

MJ Career Retro GU Floor

Upper Deck Authenticated unveiled on Tuesday its Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Floor Collection, a product line that celebrates His Airness and also benefits the CharitaBulls Chicago Bulls youth organization.

As Jordan counts down the days until his enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the line launches with pieces of the United Center floor where Jordan helped etch his legendary credentials up for grabs.

The Bulls won three of their six NBA titles at the United Center and nearly every square inch of its famous hardwood is available — even entire Bulls logos from the court.

Here’s a rundown of the items:

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Perfect Michael Jordan Rookie Card sells for $82,000 by Chris Olds


By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Graded Card Investor Editor

A BGS 10 Pristine copy of Michael Jordan‘s 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card sold on eBay for $82,000 on Thursday evening just weeks before His Airness is enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

jordanRCbackThe 10-day auction closed at 5:58 p.m. Pacific after 87 bids. The sale was made by CJ’s Sports Cards & Memorabilia in San Diego, Calif., however the transaction has not yet been confirmed by Beckett Media.

While 4,567 copies of the card have been graded, this perfect specimen is one of only two cards to receive the mark from Beckett Grading Services.

This card, which was the first Jordan RC to receive the perfect Pristine grade, was reportedly sold for $150,000 in 2006. However, that sale never was confirmed.

The card’s subgrades included 10s for its centering, edges and corners and a 9.5 for its surface condition. The only other BGS 10 has 10s across the board with the exception of a 9.5 subgrade for its edges.

The first BGS 9.5 copy of the Jordan RC — there have been 116 to reach that mark since — went for $77,600 in a June 2003 deal.

The Jordan RC is the second high-profile BGS 10 of a 1980s icon to sell for big bucks this year as a Joe Montana 1981 Topps RC sold for $65,880 in April. That card carried the third-highest pricetag of any football card sale ever documented by Beckett Media.



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What’s it like to own Jordan’s rookie jersey? He’ll tell you …

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at

Latest marathon insert set from Upper Deck focuses on Michael Jordan by Chris Olds
April 1, 2009, 3:16 pm
Filed under: NBA, Upper Deck | Tags: , , , ,


First there was the 6,000-plus card Yankee Stadium Legacy baseball set last year. Then there was the 2,500 20th Anniversary Retrospective set that we’ve just started to see in 2009 baseball packs.

But now, it’s basketball and it’s Michael Jordan — perhaps the most notable basketball player and athlete alive — who will have a 1,170-card tribute set from Upper Deck.

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Skybox Metal Universe … Derrick Rose? by ejahnke


This is kind of cool. What do you think?

A note from Upper Deck by ejahnke
November 19, 2008, 3:56 pm
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Hi all,

The deadline for the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly is rapidly approaching, so needless to say things are quite busy around here. This may be the laziest news post in the history of man, as I am merely cutting out part of an email that Chris Carlin from Upper Deck sent out, and uploading the appropriate images.


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Michael Jordan: A hint of what’s on tap from Upper Deck … by Chris Olds

A certain someone you might have heard of just might be among the next class of inductees in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

And among some images released for Upper Deck’s upcoming Hot Prospects basketball set on this week was this card — a Michael Jordan Road to Springfield autograph.

If you’re a Jordan collector — and we know there are a few of you — be sure to be ready for more than a few M.J. releases in the next year when he becomes eligible and just might get into the Hall.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at