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$18K in 1997 Finest Gold Embossed Refractor /74 Sales!


In the last month, I saw two sales of one of Michael Jordan’s rarest cards – his 1997 Finest Gold Embossed Refractor /74.  Both sales, which were the first two I have tracked of this card this year, were astonishing in their end price. The BGS 9.5 sold in October for $10.6k and the BGS 9 sold a few days ago for $7.5k were easily record breaking prices compared to sales from previous years.  Both were won by known Michael Jordan collectors and sold by kobes_for_sale, a known Michael Jordan seller as well.  Each of the two cards sold were exceptional in color, as I have seen quite a few refractors from 1997 that turned “green” for various reasons.  These two beauties were sharp.

I’m still waiting/hoping to see an ungraded sale, which I think will easily go for $5K+.

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The Total Number of Numbered 90’s Michael Jordan Inserts is…


8,831!

Yup, according to my calculations.  That is how many serial numbered Jordan 90’s inserts I counted, for the cards documented in this post. That count includes cards serial numbered 500 or less.  The mind-blowing stuff comes if you remove the three cards numbered to 500 (1997 Hoops High Voltage, 1998 Encore Driving Forces and 1998 Hardcourt Homecourt Advantage), the 1996 E-X2000 Essential Credential numbered to 499.

The total would then become 6,832 cards.  Take it a step further, and if we only count the cards that are numbered to 250 or less, we have an tiny 5,132 total cards available.  If we narrow it down even further, to the cream of the crop – cards numbered 150 or less, we have a minuscule….

3,392 total cards.

UPDATE: after making this list, I realized that there is a 1998 Upper Deck Intensity Gold /25 that I didn’t account for when I put together the images of the cards numbered to 25.  I don’t have a picture of that card.  So the new total is actually 4,017 total cards.

*Note that this list does not include 1of 1 masterpieces or parallels cards, such as these.  There probably other parallel set that I didn’t include here too.  Upper Deck made so many parallels that I may have missed some.

1998 HologfrFX cards (10 cards, numbered to 23 each)
1998 Black Diamond Green Quad (14 cards, numbered to 150 each)
1998 Upper Deck Game Action Gold (30 cards, numbered to 23 each)
1999 Encore Gold (26 cards?, numbered to 125 each)
1999 Upper Deck Retro (10 cards, numbered to 50 cards each)
1999 Upper Deck MVP Super Script (29 cards, numbered to 25 cards each)
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5 SUBTOTAL:  5 90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 5

SUBTOTAL: 9   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 14

10 SUBTOTAL:  10 90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 24

25 SUBTOTAL: 125   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 149

      

40 SUBTOTAL:  40  90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 199

50 SUBTOTAL: 500   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 699

      

      

  

61 SUBTOTAL:  122 90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 821

  

72 SUBTOTAL: 72   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 893

74 SUBTOTAL:  74 90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 967

75 SUBTOTAL:  75 90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 1042

90 SUBTOTAL: 90   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 1,132

99 SUBTOTAL: 99   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 1,231

100 SUBTOTAL: 2,100  90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 3,332

      

      

      

      

      

150 SUBTOTAL: 600   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 3,932

      

200 SUBTOTAL:  200 90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 4,132

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250 SUBTOTAL: 1,000  90’S RUNNING TOTAL:  5,132

  

  

263 SUBTOTAL: 263   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 5,395

289 SUBTOTAL: 289   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 5,684

350 SUBTOTAL: 350  90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 6,034

399 SUBTOTAL:  798 90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 6,832

  

499 SUBTOTAL: 499  90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 7,331

500 SUBTOTAL: 1,500   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 8,831

    



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