I won’t get too deep into this subject because I am not a Michael Jordan fan, basketball collector, or a supporter of grading services in general. To those who grade your cards, more power to you and your collection. Now, take a look at a 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Gem Mint 10 which sold for $7,000+. Not bad, right?
The very same rookie in Buyback form and with an autograph hit eBay and sold for a very respectable $8,200+. If I were a Jordan collector, this would be the Holy Grail of my collection, not the regular Fleer copy. The Fleer original can be had for a few hundred dollars if you can find a trusty seller and don’t mind a card that’s not graded. Gasp!
Now, have a look at this Fleer Jordan rookie graded by Beckett, which received a Pristine 10. With 8 days left in the auction it has over 40 bids and is pushing $60,000 dollars. The seller even added an image of the Beckett the card was featured in. One can only imagine how much kickback Beckett will get from this sale.
Assuming the card keeps getting bids and somehow reaches $100,000, is there really that much difference from that card and a BGS graded copy that sold for well-under $400 dollars? Yes, there are minor imperfections but isn’t collecting about enjoying the player on the card and not the technicalities?
Is the card with the sharpest corners and perfect centering really worth that much more?