In the world of collectible cards, there are few names that hold as much weight as Michael Jordan. The basketball legend’s trading cards have long been sought after by enthusiasts and investors alike, and it seems that the demand for these iconic pieces of sports history is only growing.
Recently, PWCC Marketplace’s November Premier Auction witnessed yet another record-breaking sale of a Michael Jordan card. This time, it was a 1998 Skybox Premium Stars Rubies edition that stole the show, fetching an impressive six-figure sum of $216,000. This sale not only set a new record for this particular card but also cemented its status as the second most expensive Star Rubies card ever sold.
The 1998 Skybox Premium Stars Rubies card series is highly coveted among collectors for its introduction of serial-numbered cards, which added an element of rarity to the hobby. Alongside other iconic cards like the Skybox’s Precious Metal Gems, the Star Rubies cards have become some of the most sought-after pieces in the trading card market.
What makes the 1998 release even more special is that it was the final Skybox set to feature Michael Jordan before his retirement in 1998. This adds an extra layer of historical significance to the cards from this set, making them even more valuable in the eyes of collectors. Additionally, the cards’ intricate foil details and edge-to-edge design make them susceptible to wear, further adding to their rarity and exclusivity.
The record-setting Jordan card in question received a PSA 7 grade, indicating its excellent condition. Only four cards of this type have received the same grade, with a mere five others graded higher. This rarity, combined with the card’s association with the legendary Michael Jordan, undoubtedly played a significant role in driving up its price.
However, the record-breaking sales didn’t stop at the Jordan card. The auction also saw other collectibles achieve new heights in terms of value. One notable example is a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 card graded PSA 1 (MC), which sold for an impressive $35,400, despite its less-than-perfect condition. This card is a true piece of baseball history and continues to captivate collectors and fans alike.
Another item that garnered attention was a Kobe Bryant 1999 Upper Deck Game Jerseys patch auto card, which set its own record by selling for $32,700. Bryant’s untimely passing in early 2020 only added to the sentimental value of his memorabilia, making items like this card highly sought after by fans and collectors.
Lastly, a 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 card featuring Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas fetched an impressive $20,400. This card showcases the world of Formula 1 racing and highlights the popularity of the sport among collectors.
With each new record-breaking sale, the collectible card market continues to show its strength and resilience. Whether it’s the allure of owning a piece of sports history or the potential for investment, enthusiasts and collectors are willing to pay top dollar for these highly sought-after treasures. And as the demand for iconic cards like Michael Jordan’s continues to rise, it’s clear that the market for collectible cards is as strong as ever.