1997-98 Michael Jordan Trading Card Sells For a Whooping $2.1 million, Becomes Costliest MJ Memorabilia Ever

Published 05/24/2021, 12:36 PM EDT
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)


The NBA has seen its fair share of star power over the years. Be it players like Bill Russell in the 60s or the like of Julius Erving in the 70s, some players define their era. But no one does it better than Michael Jordan.

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Drafted in the stacked 1984 class, MJ was one of the biggest names alongside Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Hakeem Olajuwon. He made an instant impact for Chicago as it was clear that the 22-year-old rookie was the best player in the team.

LOS ANGELES, CA Spring, 1991 –– Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson, right, is guarded by Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls in the 1991 NBA Finals in Los Angeles. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

In a career that lasted for 15 seasons, Jordan arguably has the greatest resume with 6 NBA championships, 6 Finals MVPs, 10 scoring titles, and 5 regular season MVP trophies. Given how iconic the legendary Bull was, MJ’s memorabilia is a collector’s dream.

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Michael Jordan trading card sells for a record price

MJ might have played his last game 19 years ago, but there is no doubting his ever-rising popularity. The release of the docu-series, ‘The Last Dance’ only added to the Jordan craze all over the world.

Given the massive increase in his popularity recently, prices of Jordan memorabilia are also soaring day by day. Be it his game-worn jerseys or his rare sneakers, MJ memorabilia are hard to come by.

But arguably the most wanted item of them all are trading cards. One such trading card has shattered all the outstanding records set by MJ’s souvenirs. Recently, a Jordan signed NBA All-Star Game used patch card from Upper Deck’s 1997-98 set fetched over $2.1 million.

The 1997-98 trading card features a patch from Jordan’s All-Star game jersey from 1992 along with MJ’s signature. This was certainly one of the most iconic All-Star games in NBA history as this was Magic’s last game in the league before his first retirement.

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Launched during the 97-98 season, this card has only 23 copies, making it one of the rarest Jordan trading cards ever. According to the listing, the card is “easily the most significant Michael Jordan trading card ever produced.”

Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

With the hefty price tag of $2.1 million, this trading card has officially become the costliest MJ memorabilia, surpassing a Jordan-worn Tar Heels jersey sold for a whopping $1.38 million.

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Which Michael Jordan item will shatter records next? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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