PWCC To Offer Extremely Rare 1997 Michael Jordan Upper Deck Game Jersey Patch Autograph Card in January Premier Auction

The highest price ever paid for a Michael Jordan trading card isn’t for his iconic rookie issue. In fact, the card in question doesn’t even have Jordan in his Bulls uniform.  Of the top five all-time sales for Jordan trading cards, four spots are occupied by sales of the 1997 Upper Deck Game Jersey Patch Autograph card, of which there are just 23 copies in the world. The card is constructed with a patch of a Michael Jordan game-worn jersey – but it’s a jersey from one of his All-Star Game appearances. A copy of the rare card is up for auction at PWCC Marketplace with bidding closing January 19, 2023.

The PWCC Janauary Premier Auction runs January 5-19, 2023 and features  elite assets across baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, memorabilia, video games, comic books, and more.  Bidding will conclude on January 19, 2023 at 7PM PT, with extended bidding starting immediately after.  To apply to bid go to:  https://pwccmarketplace.com/premier-auction.

https://www.pwccmarketplace.com/premier-auction/7184

No Bulls jersey. No rookie designation. Why is this card so sought after among Jordan and trading card collectors?

“It’s a piece of history in that it was the very first time you could pull a game-used and autographed Michael Jordan card out of a trading card pack,” said Jesse Craig, Vice President of Sales at PWCC Marketplace. “With only 23 copies of the card released, this card was almost impossible to pull out of a pack. And, to this day, it remains one of the most in-demand basketball cards that can show up on the market.”

The copy headed to the auction block is graded a Near Mint 8 from third party grading company Beckett. Also of note is that the blue ink autograph received a perfect 10 grade – a difficult designation to achieve with the surface design of the card.

A Michael Jordan trading card has sold for more than $2 million just twice according to public data sources. Both times, the sale was for a copy of the 1997 Upper Deck Game Jersey Patch Auto card.

This 1997 release from Upper Deck is also notable as it is one of the first basketball sets to ever feature game-worn jersey patches from players.

“Upper Deck changed the trajectory of sports card designed when introducing this game-worn patch set,” said Jesse Craig, Vice President of Sales at PWCC Marketplace. “It started to normalize the expectations we have today for what makes a premier card.”

Other Amazing Items Featured in the PWCC Premier Auction

2003 Exquisite Collection Basketball Sealed Case 3ct Box BBCE Authentic

While Jordan’s UD Game Jersey card helped make patch autos relevant, it is arguable that no release changed the game for modern cards more than Upper Deck’s 2003 Exquisite Collection. Many hobbyists consider this set to be the cornerstone of high-end basketball collecting.

This sealed case could contain RPAs from one of the best draft classes in NBA history: Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and of course LeBron James. There could also be a number of elusive Michael Jordan inserts found within. This case comes with three boxes, each containing five cards — and the temptation of deciding if you’ll break the seal.

2003 Exquisite Collection LeBron James ROOKIE PATCH AUTO /99 #78 BGS 9 MINT

Out of all the cards in the 2003 Exquisite Collection, this base release /99 and its gold parallel /23 are the grails you hope to find. In fact, eight out of Lebron’s top 10 sales to date have been a copy of one of these RPAs. This issue remains one of, if not THE most-sought-after basketball card on the market.  BGS graded this issue, numbered 78/99, a Mint 9.

2013 Panini Prizm Gold Prizms Giannis Antetokounmpo ROOKIE /10 #290 PSA 9 MINT

One of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s most desirable rookie offerings is on the auction block. Some even consider this gold parallel to be the best card of the Panini Prizm era. Out of the 10 copies that exist, PSA’s pop report shows this copy as 1 of 4 graded to a Mint 9, with only two graded higher.

2011-12 LeBron James Game Worn Photo-Matched Sneakers – RGU LOA

A pair of LeBron’s game-worn sneakers from two games during his 2012 season with the Heat — the season James led Miami to the Finals and won his first NBA Championship — is up for bid.

James was also named Finals MVP for the first time that year while securing his third NBA MVP. These Nike LeBron 9s feature a red and black Miami “home” colorway and come with an RGU photo match and letter of authentication.

James wore these 9s during a win against the Spurs on Jan. 17, 2012 and a win against the Cavs on Jan. 24, 2012, just a few years before returning to lead Cleveland to a Finals win as well.

1986 Fleer Basketball COMPLETE PSA 10 SET

A full 1986 Fleer Basketball set — all graded PSA 10 — is on the block. Yes, it includes the Michael Jordan rookie card — and that card even comes with a PWCC-E Eye Appeal Designation, which indicates PWCC experts believe it to be in the top 15 percent of cards in the given grade.

1986 Fleer Sticker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #1 PSA 10 GEM MINT

The sticker offerings in the 1986 Fleer Basketball can be elusive in high grades. As proof, check the PSA population count for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sticker. This PSA 10 is one of just 15 in existence.

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Gold Prizms Lionel Messi /10 #12 PSA 9 MINT

The man who just added the final piece of hardware to one of the greatest soccer careers ever has an elusive /10 copy of one of his World Cup cards up for grabs. Demand for Lionel Messi trading cards skyrocketed in PWCC search results after he won the 2022 World Cup, making him the number one searched athlete on the PWCC platform for more than week straight.

2018 Panini Prizm World Cup Gold Prizm Kylian Mbappe ROOKIE 10/10 BGS 8.5 NM-MT+

The other player to see a World Cup interest spike was on the losing side of the ball. That said, an all-world performance from Kylian Mbappe saw demand for his cards soar after the final. This /10 World Cup rookie issue — from the 2018 tournament when Mbappe and the French squad did win the World Cup — is on the block.

2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady ROOKIE AUTO 97/100 BGS 8.5

The premier Tom Brady rookie card is also on the block. This /100 issue is one of the few rookie autograph cards to feature Brady in a Patriots uniform. As a result, the /100 version of this card secures 9 or the top 10 all-time Brady sales. The unnumbered variation of this card has the final spot in the top 10.

Also on the block:

  • 2018 Panini Flawless Star Swatch Platinum Luka Doncic RC PATCH AUTO 1/1 BGS 9
  • 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA 6.5 EXMT+ (PWCC-A)
  • 2009 National Treasures Gold Stephen Curry ROOKIE PATCH AUTO /25 #206 BGS 9.5

Bidding will conclude on January 19, 2023 at 7PM PT, with extended bidding starting immediately after.  To apply to bid go to:  https://pwccmarketplace.com/premier-auction.

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