My first post on this blog featured the two best 1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team cards: the Shaq rookie and the Michael Jordan card. Honestly, those two cards will probably always be in my top 10 and are two of the most treasured cards I have in my collection.
Yet, I recently came across the Jordan base card from the 1992-93 Stadium Club set and while the card design itself leaves a lot to be desired, the image of Jordan going up for a dunk is one of the best “posterizing” (to go with a 90s throwback term) I’ve ever seen, and the ungraded copies of this card are still incredibly affordable. The affordability of this card is such that I strongly believe it should be in every lower-budget basketball card collectors collection.
1992-93 Topps Stadium Club Michael Jordan #1
Despite the simple design and the less than optimal lighting, this card so cleanly showcases Jordan’s athleticism and “Air Jordan-ness” that I can’t help but admire it. Its not a card that I currently own, but I’m bidding of a few cards right now on eBay and will certainly have this in the collection before Christmas.
As you can see from the image above, Jordan is soaring over Patrick Ewing and perhaps even using Ewing’s body as leverage on his way to what can only be described as a savage dunk.
As I said earlier, finding copies of this card on eBay is no problem whatsoever. If you spend over $10 for an ungraded copy of this card you should consider yourself had. However, this card actually has a strong PSA 10 grading that continues to consistently improve year over year, as you can see from the PSA 10 selling price chart below.
The chart above charts the price history going back to December 22, 2018 and I’ve removed two outliers (two people purchased this card for over $1,000). If you ignore all the volatility and create a trend line (the dotted line in the chart), you can see a clear move from $55 back in December 2018 up to $335, which was the most recent selling price on December 14, 2020.
That move from $55 to $335 represents a 2-year price appreciation of just over 500%, which is actually quite something for any card, let alone a simple Jordan base card from the early 90s.
Given the disparity between the PSA 10 price and the ungraded copy, this card also makes a great first attempt at getting a card graded. If you can buy 5 for under $50 and send them all in to be graded and get a single PSA 10 out of those 5 cards, you’ll more than make up for the cost of grading and your initial $50 purchase.
In fact, since I’ve never actually sent in for a graded card, that is my plan for buying a few of these Jordan base cards. Its such a low risk, high reward opportunity that I’ll search for and hopefully find a few near mint to mint copies selling ungraded on eBay, snatch them up and send them in for grading. Fingers crossed I get a 10!