Michael Jordan’s Logoman Card Sells for $2.9 Million

In a dazzling spectacle of the sports memorabilia world, a 2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Logos autograph card belonging to the legendary basketball icon Michael Jordan has reached unprecedented heights by selling for over $2.9 million at a recent Goldin Auctions event. This particular card stands out due to its exclusive 1/1 designation, showcasing a distinctive NBA “Logoman” patch used in a game, accompanied by Jordan’s autograph in striking blue ink, adding to its desirability among fervent collectors.

The remarkable journey of this prized card commenced with a modest opening bid of $200,000 on April 19, swiftly escalating as bidders quickly recognized the rare and exceptional nature of the item. With an intense bidding war involving 38 bids, the card eventually changed hands for a staggering $2.4 million late on a Saturday evening. Authenticated and graded by the prestigious PSA, the card not only received an ‘Authentic’ rating but also a perfect 10 for the signature, underlining its flawless condition and unparalleled scarcity.

This sale not only shattered the previous record for the highest-selling Michael Jordan card, which stood at $2.7 million for a 1997-98 Upper Deck Game-Used Jersey Jordan card but also underscored the immense allure and value of collectibles related to Jordan. The former top-seller featured a fragment of Jordan’s jersey from the 1992 All-Star Game and stood out as one of the pioneering jersey cards included in sports card packs.

Even in retirement, Michael Jordan reigns supreme in the world of sports memorabilia. His collectibles, which include the most expensive sports jersey ever sold—a 1998 NBA Finals jersey fetching $10.1 million—exemplify the enduring legacy and market value of items associated with the basketball maestro.

The auction, known as the Goldin ‘Elite 100,’ was a grand display of opulence in sports memorabilia sales, featuring premium trading cards and game-worn artifacts. Noteworthy sales from the event comprised another pair of Jordan cards—an 1986-87 Fleer rookie card and a 1997-98 Skybox Precious Metal Gems Red—sold for $292,800 and $298,900, respectively, emphasizing the robust market and collectors’ zeal for rare Jordan memorabilia.

Furthermore, the auction showcased a diverse array of sports memorabilia, including a unique graded version of an 1890-92 John Ryder Studio Cy Young cabinet card, which fetched $500,200. Notable sales also included high-value cards like Babe Ruth’s 1933 Goudey card and a distinctive 2017 Panini Flawless Symbolic Signatures card of Patrick Mahomes.

A poignant highlight was the jersey worn by Kobe Bryant during the fateful game where he tore his Achilles tendon but courageously chose to shoot his free throws. Autographed by Bryant, this jersey sold for over $1.2 million, illustrating the profound emotional and historical significance attached to these memorabilia pieces.

Another standout piece was Michael Jordan’s Nike shoes worn during the 1985 exhibition game in Italy, where he shattered a backboard with a dunk. Still housing a piece of glass in the sole, these iconic shoes fetched $413,580, reflecting a slight decrease from their previous auction price in 2020.

Among the notable items was a Mickey Mantle game-used jersey from 1957, which commanded a price of $457,500, highlighting the deep-rooted nostalgia and admiration for sports icons across different eras. This auction not only underscored the luxury and investment potential of sports memorabilia but also paid tribute to the rich history and influence of these sporting legends through the artifacts they left behind.


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