Monthly Archives: September 2011

RECORD HIGH: 1997 Stadium Club One of a Kind /150 UNGRADED


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The most recent auction of Michael Jordan’s 1997 Stadium Club One of a Kind /150 from Joe, ebay seller yanxyanx, sold at amazing price of $710, which easily outpaced the previous high of $455 sale I tracked in early December 2010.  A known high-end Michael Jordan collector picked up this copy.

Ebay seller firehorse9798 has a copy currently up for auction as well.

The highest graded sale I have recorded came in early August this year, when a BGS 9.5 (population 1) copy sold for $910 from seller chosendaze.


Starquest Gold!


This card never appears on ebay.  Ebay seller firehorse9798 currently has one up for auction, and even with a terrible listing title that doesn’t mention Michael Jordan, it is already at $1,000 after three days.  The 1998 UD Choice Starquest Gold /100 only books for $600, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this end upwards of $2,500-$4,000, similar to that of the 1998 Ultra Playmaker’s Theatre, which has been selling between $3K and $4K.

UPDATE: The original auction was cancelled and the card has been re-listed, with a better title and is currently at $867 with over six days left.


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Michael Jordan Super Collector.


Gold.
Welcome to the amazing collection of Nat Turner. I have been itching to share his jaw-dropping collection on my blog for quite a while, but I have been hesitant to do so because I’m not sure what it might lead to. Well he recently linked his collection on Hobby Kings, and well, it still leaves me in awe. Here are a few of the highlights:


*POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE NEWS* Regarding High End Jordan Card.


Stay tuned.

Follow the story and collector reaction on Hobby Kings:
STOLEN: Michael Jordan Fleer Playmakers 88/100 (story here)

Follow the story and collector reaction on Sports Card Forum:
STOLEN: Michael Jordan Fleer Playmakers 88/100 (story here)

Follow the story and collector reaction on Blow Out Cards:
STOLEN: Michael Jordan Fleer Playmakers 88/100 (story here)

Follow the story and collector reaction on Oz Card Trader:
STOLEN: Michael Jordan Fleer Playmakers 88/100 (story here)

Via Hobby Kings member, natsturner:
I am a major buyer of rare Michael Jordan cards. On March 17, 2011 I purchased a Michael Jordan Fleer Playmaker’s Theater BGS 9 serial numbered 088/100 (here is a link to the original auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320669217721&ssPageName=ADME:L:COSI:US:1123). After successfully receiving the card after winning the auction (for $3,250), I scanned the card and posted it to my personal collection (link here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/natsturner/5557706922/in/set-72157626044376996). You can clearly see the serial #.

On June 16th, I mailed the card to Beckett Grading Services (BGS) in Dallas hoping to have the grade bumped up to a 9.5 via USPS. I also sent along two other cards, both high-end Lebron James cards (one is scanned here before I sent it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/natsturner/5499397079/in/set-72157623033373058). Beckett never received the cards.

About a month and a half later, my exact card which never arrived to BGS showed up on eBay for a conspicuously low BIN ($2,700) from a seller in Dallas (the same city that BGS is located in). The auction of course ended quickly, with better_cover_lover (who now goes by the_pirates_parrot). The seller was xedbats, whose name is Michael Becker (link to auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130556784549+&clk_rvr_id=252186460566#ht_500wt_1413). I talked to Michael after locating his phone number, and he promised to hang onto the card and not sell it to better_cover_lover or anyone until we resolve things. His story at the time was that someone walked into his store in Dallas and offered him the card sight-unseen for $2,000 cash, which he paid, and then he posted the card on eBay not knowing it’s true value but wanted to make a quick buck. As soon as I talked to Michael on the phone, I messaged better_cover_lover over eBay knowing that she (Amy) bought/won the auction, alerting her to the fact that Michael/xedbats was selling a card that was stolen from me, and therefore she should not pay for the item as she would be buying stolen property.

Unfortunately, Michael went dark soon after that and never returned any of my calls or emails. In the meantime, I flew to Dallas and met with the police and postal police, and started cases with both for the stolen property which presumably was stolen out of the mail. The theory being, someone recognized who the recipient was (BGS), knew that cards that were worth grading were contained inside, and kept the package.

Now, today, about 5 friends of mine who are big Jordan collectors have emailed me a scan of my card, with the same serial # (088/100), which has (as expected) been successfully bumped up to a 9.5 by BGS, which is being offered for sale by better_cover_lover / the_pirates_parrot. This person is Amy from Australia. In fairness to Amy, I have successfully purchased many cards from her on eBay and have had no problems, however that doesn’t change the fact that she is currently in possession of my high-end stolen card which she bought from Michael Becker. It appears that she/better_cover_lover/Amy/the_pirates_parrot knowingly, after me having alerted her to the fact, bought the stolen card from Michael Becker in Dallas, got the card bumped by BGS, and is now offering it for sale.

I have attached two photos of the card, the first in BGS 9 form of when I owned it, and the second in BGS 9.5 form that Amy is currently offering for sale. I personally find it very unethical that she would go out of her way to buy this card KNOWING that it is stolen, and then go about selling it. That doesn’t speak highly to her business practices, which many people have questioned in the past.

DO NOT BUY THIS CARD. It is stolen property, and will need to ultimately be returned to me. I am working with the authorities both in the US and Australia now to have the card recovered. If you buy this card, you are buying stolen property. I have received countless legal advice on the matter, which is unanimously centered that if you buy stolen property, and it’s discovered as such, the rightful owner has the right to have the property returned without consideration (as it should be). Which is why it’s important to obtain proof of ownership when you buy something high-end (such as a car, etc…). Worse, knowingly selling private property is an offense.

Please contact me at natsturner@gmail.com or 281-923-9417 if you have any more information. Thank you


Michael Jordan 1 of 1: 1998 UD Encore $1,500!


So, I think this card is from the 1998 UD Encore set.  The seller didn’t provide the best description nor title for the listing.  If this from the Encore set like I suspect, I think there are other variations of 1 of 1 ‘s from this set.  More information to come, as soon as I can learn more about this card.



RECORD HIGH: 1992 Fleer Team Leaders GRADED


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So I remember seeing a thread on Sports Card Forum where SCF member pinguino17 was asking others what they thought his BGS 9.5 1992 Fleer Team Leaders card is valued at.  Some members chimed in, saying they thought that $200-$400 was  a fair range.  I actually posted in the thread that I tracked a few PSA 10 sales that ended around $800-$1,000 in 2009 and 2010.  Pinguino17 also shared that he thought $1,400 was reasonable ballpark figure.

Well, after seeing Pinguino17 list it on ebay and having someone hit the Buy It Now for $3,500! I absolutely thought I should capture this sale, seeing that it is for  card that is currently a population 2 in the BGS registery.

The Team Leaders card is one that many should recognize as one of the Jordan cards that was heavily chased in the 90’s.  It routinely sells on ebay and any collector can usually find a few copies available online during any given week.  I think they currently end around $$60-$100, so this $3.5k sale is a huge number.