Compare High-grade and Low-grade Michael Jordan Rookie Cards Certified by CSG

Posted on 1/5/2023

The considerable price difference between the two cards highlights the importance of preserving your card collection.

Recently, Certified Sports Guaranty® (CSG®) authenticated both a high-grade and low-grade example of the 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan rookie card. Graded CSG 9, the high-grade card joins four others at the top of the CSG Population Report, while the card graded CSG 1 joins another at the other end of the grading scale.

1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan graded CSG 9.

As the most popular and well-known of Michael Jordan’s three recognized cards from his inaugural season with the Chicago Bulls, the 1986-87 Fleer #57 is considered his mainstream rookie card. It's a cornerstone of any Michael Jordan collection, and can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. In the current market, and at grade 9, this rookie card ranges from $10,000 to $20,000.

1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan graded CSG 1.

Lower graded examples of the 1986-87 Fleer #57 still enjoy a robust market, with a grade 1 selling for around $1,500 to $2,000. However, the considerable price difference between the two cards highlights the importance of preserving your card collection. Certifying your cards not only protects them, but it guarantees authenticity and adds value to your collection. The submitter of the CSG 1-graded Michael Jordan rookie card would have had a much higher evaluation if it was certified long before its condition deteriorated, which also reduced its value.

Michael Jordan was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 3 overall pick of the 1984 NBA Draft. Nicknamed “Air Jordan,” the shooting guard from the University of North Carolina took the league by storm as he became one of the most dominant players in NBA history. Jordan finished his iconic career with six NBA championships, six Finals MVPs, five MVPs, 14 All-Star selections and three All-Star Game MVPs. He also earned 10 scoring titles and is a two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion.

Jordan’s impact on and off the court is unparalleled. His impact is still felt within the NBA to this day, and his Air Jordan brand is still one of the most popular sneakers in the world. Since Jordan’s 2003 retirement, he also became the owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and of the NASCAR team 23XI Racing. Among many other honors post-retirement, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

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