If you’re new to collecting basketball cards or if you’re a collector with a low budget and an appreciation for 90s basketball cards, the 1991-92 Fleer Pro-Visions six-card set is a very nice introductory set to explore. This is a very affordable way to add some of the best players from the 90s, including Michael Jordan, to your collection.
All of these Pro-Vision cards are artist renditions of players, and not true photographs. However, take a look at the six cards below and judge for yourself if these belong in your collection or if these are just pure junk wax. One thing is for sure – the price is right for all six of these cards, including Jordan.
The first card in the 1991 Fleer Pro-Vision set features David Robinson shooting amongst the clouds. Its a simple looking artist rendition and its a very easy card to buy for $1 on eBay. There isn’t much of a premium for having this card graded, as the maximum price listed on PSA’s site for a GEM Mint PSA 10 is only $47. Its possible this set pops in value if “junk wax” cards becomes the next collector obsession, but that seems like a bit of a stretch.
The Jordan Pro-Vision card (#2) is one of the most inexpensive ungraded Michael Jordan cards currently selling on eBay. This card can still easily be found for under $5. The image of Jordan is a bit wacky, as it shows Jordan flying through space. Notice his legs look like they’ve been replaced with rocket boosters or something. Its no doubt a unique card, but there will always be a place for any Jordan card in a collectors stack.
This Jordan Pro-Vision is the only card in the set where it will be worth your wile to send it in to be graded, as the PSA 10s have sold in the past for $400+. However, if you don’t think you have a perfect Jordan Pro-Vision on your hands, you’re only looking at about $100 for a PSA 9 and $25 for a PSA 8.
I’m not quite sure what is going on with the Charles Barkely Pro-Vision card (#3), as the artist chose to feature Chuck protecting the rock with a nearly all-black background. I also feel like the artist didn’t do a great job with capturing Barkley’s facial likeness. That being said, this is an easy card to grab on eBay as it sells for about a $1 (one buck chuck, if you will). The last PSA 10 Barkely Pro-Vision card sold in July 2020 for $60, but my guess is this top graded Barkely card could hit $100 today.
Although I’m not a huge Ewing fan, my favorite card in the Pro-Vision set is card #4 featuring Patrick Ewing. I love the color of the sky and the city scape in the background. It has a bit of a TMNT feel for me. The most recent PSA 10 Ewing card sold in October 2020 for $66. And like all the other cards in the set, its a super easy one to find on eBay for $1.
A huge missed opportunity with the Pro-Vision card featuring Karl Malone. I wish the artist had depicted Malone as a mailman, or had pieces of mail falling in the background, or done something with Malone’s fantastic nickname. However, the decision was made to feature Malone with arms akimbo and a basketball shattering the sky in the background. Very odd. This top graded Malone Pro-Vision card looks to sell in the $25-$55 range, with the most recent PSA 10 being sold in October for $26.
The final card in the Pro-Vision set features Magic Johnson, although Fleer chose to use Magic’s real name, Earvin, rather than his nickname. The Magic card is also a bit weird to me and I’m not exactly sure what the artist was going for, with the parquet floor and floating basketballs with the tear in the floor revealing a bit of sky. Its a bit out there.
The PSA 10 Magic Pro-Vision card recently sold in March, 2021 for $133, but the ungraded cards are easy to find on eBay for just a few dollars.
I’d like this set a whole lot more if Larry Bird were featured. Having just reviewed the set, I find it hard to comprehend why Bird got snubbed. The six players they did feature are all hall of fame legends, but I wish they’d expanded the set to 8 or 10 cards, and included players like Bird, Isiah Thomas, John Stockton, and a few of the other iconic players from the early 1990s.