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1997 Upper Deck Holojams

2005 SP Game Used 1 of 1: $1,000+

A Michael Jordan 2005 SP Game Used 1 of 1 recently sold with a Best Offer of $1,100 from seller ID: ai.senski.  The card pictures Jordan in his alternative black uniform and is the first post-90’s 1 of 1 card of MJ that I have tracked.  Buyer ID, to be determined, as Best Offers don’t show buyers’ masked IDs.

RECORD HIGH: 1996 UD3 Superstar Spotlight

I’ve never tracked this card before on here, but it has been trading around $40-$50 for a while.  This sale, purchased by a known Jordan collector, ended at $81 from ebay sellerID:  visions721.

Thank You and The Michael Jordan Market, According to Jan (ebayID: j.m12)

I am excited to get yet even more contributions for Hupe Royalty Jordan Edition  from yet another Michael Jordan collector, Jan from Belgium.  Jan is known as j.m12 on ebay, and I recently got acquainted with him.  He is a Michael Jordan collector/trader himself, and he recently sold his 1997 Upper Deck Game Dated (1:45,000 packs!) for an astonishing $800 on The ‘Bay.


He has been collecting data for Michael Jordan sales since 2004, for personal use.   A few days ago we began talking and he decided to share all of his data with the blog to further inform those interested in the Jordan market with past sales and trends.

It may take me a while to extract all the information and make it relevant, but I am more than excited to start exploring the data and share it with everyone here.  You can contact him at j.m.23@skynet.be, if you are interested in buying, selling or trading Jordan cards with him.

I want to say thank you to Jan for your generosity and hope we maintain communication from here on out!

We briefly discussed the Jordan market and here are his thoughts on “The Jordan Boom,” as he put it:

Looking upon the prices, imo you start noticing a clear change in price level from (June) 2009 on, with the sale of a MJ 97-98 Rubies Team going for $2100.

The last recorded one I have was in August 2008 for $1005 which was the 98-99 version.

Definitely ‘till the end of 2008, all was normal, but sometime between early and middle of 2009, something changed that made people become more interested in MJ’s 90’s cards.

I wish i had more 2009 prices, but it’ think it’s fair enough to say that around then the MJ-‘blitz’ started…

I isolated some of the rarest ones:

The 97-98 Rubies for ex. sold in:

– February ’06 for $1225 (30of 50)   &   in September ’06 for just $620  &  in December ’06 for $698 (28of50)

– March ’07 for $1009 (?1of50)

– February ’08 for $1148  &  for $810   &   in August ’08 for $1005 (98-99 version)

 – June ’09 for $2100  &  in July ’09 for $2793


The 98-99 Precious Metal Gems:

-November ’07 for $405  &  in December ’07 for $428 (45of50)


The 97-98 Z-Force Super Rave:

– In September ’06 for $400 (23of50)

– In January ’08 for $751  &  in February ’08 for $562

The Flair Legacies:

– In May ’04 for $250

– In December ’06 for $428

– In December ’07 for $575

– In February ’08 for $475  &  in August ’08 for $252

– In January ’09 for $575

 [ In May 2005 a 98-99 finite spectrum 13 of 25 sold for $449

  In May 2008 a 98-99 Starquest Gold 100 of 100 sold for $316 ]

 It’s my sincere belief that the main reason why people focus so much on 90’s Jordan cards is mainly because no other (or enough) ‘creative’ card-products are being offered to collectors these days. These people are used to paying quite a sum of cash for the cards they want & when they see more of the same (numbered to 1, 5, 10, 25,…with patches o plenty) brought out, they reach back for past glory & take what they can find…

I really believe the key to be absolutely sure is to find out who’s buying ‘em for keeps!

If they’re the the young ones from the 90’s: i believe it’s genuine, because they buy from the heart, but if they’re the new generation of collectors (from 2000 ‘till now) i hold my breath, because if todays card companies choose to again explore an new, more creative, experimental card design based on todays technology, i believe the 2000-generation will have little or no problem dumping (excuse me: letting go) of their new (old) found love.

Then again, the companies probably won’t have a license to produce new jordan inserts and even if they do, the cards might feel ‘passé’*…. so who knows in the end! 😉 haha.

All i’m sayin’ is: If you can’t buy ‘em out of love, don’t buy them at all!

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


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)



25 SUBTOTAL: 125   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 149



50 SUBTOTAL: 500   90’S RUNNING TOTAL: 699









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


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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Michael Jordan Autographics – What Could Have Been

A few years ago, when Upper Deck acquired the Fleer/Skybox brand, they made “Missing Links” cards for Michael Jordan. These included a few Autographics cards that mimicked the design from the ground-breaking 1996 set and the 1999 set. They should have been some of the most sought after Michael Jordan post-90’s autographs. However, Upper Deck botched it. For whatever reason, they optioned to utilize STICKERS! instead of having MJ sign directly on the cards. Needless to say, these cards are valued along the lines of most of the sticker Jordan autographs produced during that period.

Fortunately for Jordan fans, Jesus (hobbykingsID, sportcardsforumID: jeebus86) created some stunning renditions of how he think the cards should have looked like. I have to say, these are superb and make Upper Deck’s versions look horrible. Thumbs up to Jesus for his excellent Photoshop skills!

Read what collectors on Hobby Kings, and Sports Card Forum are saying about his work.