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1998 Fleer Electrifying: Cards 1-5

Back in 1998, Fleer Tradition came up with a beautiful looking gold parallel set, simply called Electrifying. The card features a marquee player set against a gold refractor-like background with bolts of electricity emanating from the basketball. These cards are stunning and seem to resonate with other collectors as well, as the price history on PSA shows a nice pop in value over the past few years, especially with players like Kobe and Jordan.

With this post, I’m only going to cover the first five cards in this 10-card set and will get to the remaining five players in a later post. The first five players in this set are: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Anfernee Hardaway, Grant Hill, and Allen Iverson.

Kobe Bryant (#1)

First up in this set is Kobe, and what an awesome shot of Kobe they selected for the image for this card. As you can see from the picture below, Kobe is slashing to the hoop, controlling the ball with his left hand, with the bolts of electricity radiating out from the ball.

1998 Fleer Tradition Electrifying Kobe Bryant #1

Like all cards in this parallel set, there are not many graded copies. For Kobe, there are only 77 total graded cards: 29 PSA 10s, 35 PSA 9s, and the remaining are below 9. The 2020 sale price for PSA 10s have been consistently on the rise, with prices tripling since Febuary. The most recent sale of a PSA 10 occurred on July 24th and sold for $1,300. However, back in February, this same PSA 10 card was only selling for just over $400.

Dialing it back to January, 2019 we see two PSA 10 sales. On January 22, 2019 a PSA 10 sold for $158 and just over a week later on January 30, 2019 a PSA 10 sold for $209. So in a little over 18 months this card has popped by roughly 500%.

Kevin Garnett (#2)

Kevin Garnett gets the second card in this great set, and again the image of this card does not disappoint. It shows KG going to the rim with the ball in his right hand and the look on his face is all business.

1998 Fleer Tradition Electrifying Kevin Garnett #2

There are only 20 total graded Garnett Electrifying cards on the PSA website: 10 PSA 10s, 3 PSA 9s, and the remaining 7 are below a PSA 9. The KG cards are selling for much less than the Kobe, with the last three PSA 10 sales coming in between $105-$200. The most recent PSA 10 sale took place on August 1st, and that card went for $160. Looking back two years, the PSA 10 KG card was selling for $50-$80, so it looks to have roughly doubled in value over two years.

Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway (#3)

The third card in this set features Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, and although I was a big fan of Penny in the mid-90s, I do wish Fleer had chosen a better picture for this card. It isn’t awful, but Penny looks a bit lost and compared to the Kobe and KG cards, this one is so far the worst of the bunch. However, I’m glad they went with the black pinstripe uniform, because the black looks great set against the gold background.

1998 Fleer Tradition Electrifying Anfernee Hardaway #3

There are only a dozen Penny cards that have been graded: 5 PSA 10s, 5 PSA 9s, and the other two are either a PSA 8 or below. Unfortunately, there have been no sales recorded on the PSA website in 2020, and the most recent sale came on June 19, 2020, a PSA 9 that sold for $32. Two PSA 10s sold in 2019, and both were right around $55. I think it is safe to assume the PSA 10 Penny cards could get $80-$100 today, but the market for Penny certainly doesn’t seem as hot as some other stars so I also wouldn’t be surprised if the prices of these cards haven’t moved much.

Grant Hill (#4)

Grant Hill gets the fourth card in this set and the photo chosen for this card is decent, but again not great. It features Hill taking it to the hole and it looks like he is about the lay the ball in with his left hand. There are only 18 graded PSA copies of the Hill card: 7 PSA 10s, 5 PSA 9s, and the remaining 6 are all PSA 8s.

1998 Fleer Tradition Electrifying Grant Hill #4

Like the Penny Hardaway card, there were no sales transactions in 2020 and PSA doesn’t have much sales data period. The most recent sale of a graded card came on August 29, 2019 and it was a PSA 9 that sold for $34. There was only a single PSA 10 sale in 2019 and that card sold on June 6, 2019 for $59. In 2018 there was also just a single PSA 10 sale, and it sold on April 16, 2018 for $30.

So if we can extrapolate from those two sales (and that is a big if) it looks like the PSA 10 card doubled in a bit over a year. I’d expect the current selling price for this card to be in the same range as the Penny Hardaway card mentioned earlier, so $80-$100 seems like a fair price in the current basketball card environment.

Allen Iverson (#5)

The fifth card in this set, and the last card I’ll be covering today, features Allen Iverson. This card features a strong image of Iverson elevating for a two-handed dunk in the black 76ers uniform, and the black set against the gold background looks fantastic. There are 19 PSA graded Iverson cards: 9 PSA 10s, 7 PSA 9s and the other 3 are a PSA 8 or below.

1998 Fleer Tradition Electrifying Allen Iverson #5

Thankfully, there have been a few PSA sales so far in 2020. The most recent sale came on July 5, 2020 and it was a PSA 10 that went for $205. The only other PSA 10 sale this year occurred on March 22nd and sold for $156.

It is difficult to try and identify any trends with the PSA 10 Iverson card because only one PSA 10 sold in 2019, and it sold on June 6th for $78. However, in January 2018 a PSA 10 also sold for $150. So if we go by the January 2018 price this card looks to have hardly increased in value in over two years, but if we go with the average of the two prices (roughly $115), then it looks like the card has nearly doubled in about two years. For this card, doubling in about two years sounds about right, but ultimately seeing that $200 price for a present day PSA 10 is probably the most important data point to focus on if this card interests you.

In case you were interested in what the current PSA 9s were selling for, there is no 2020 data, but two PSA 9s sold in 2019. The first one sold in July and went for $80, the second one sold in October and went for $126. There was also a PSA 8.5 that sold on $55. Taking all these data points into consideration, I feel confident that a PSA 9 should sell for about $100-$130 today.

If you like what you see with the first five, be sure to check out the last five in the set. Cards 6-10 feature Jordan and Rodman, among others. Check out that post here.

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