I recently threw out a question to the twitter basketball card community trying to learn if there was any consensus for cards of one player that also capture or feature another player. Some of the responses I received were “Shadow cards”, “Ghost cards”, “Cameo cards”, and “Photobomb cards”, but there was no real consensus. The term that makes the most sense to me is “Cameo card”, but I think “Ghost card” could work if Patrick Swayze was somehow captured in the shot.
Terrible jokes aside, there seems to be a potential market for certain non-Jordan cards that feature Jordan, and while there is no generally agreed upon term, I wanted to highlight twenty three different cameo cards below that feature Michael Jordan, including some interesting highlights about each card, as well as cover the ungraded and graded prices, assuming there are graded copies.
Most of the cards in the list below can be yours for $5 or less, but there are a few notable acceptations. Because of the low price point, I think the cards listed below are a great way for new collectors or for collectors on a tight budget to add some Jordan cards to their collections.
All the Jordan cameo cards listed below are in chronological order. For those just interested in a quick list of the cards themselves, I’ve also included a bulleted list below of all 24 cards covered in this post.
- 1990-91 Rony Seikaly #102
- 1990-91 Hoops Sam Vincent #223 (MJ wearing #12)
- 1992-93 Ultra Harold Miner RC #293
- 1992-93 Upper Deck All-Star Clyde Drexler #438
- 1992-93 Upper Deck Brian Shaw #189
- 1993-94 Stadium Club John Starks #116
- 1993-94 Stadium Club Patrick Ewing #200
- 1993-94 Stadium Club Dan Majerle #353
- 1993-94 Fleer Ultra All Rookie First Team Tom Gugliotta #2
- 1995-96 Skybox Dell Curry #12 (MJ wearing #45)
- 1995-96 Collectors Choice Players Club Grant Hill #173 (MJ wearing #45)
- 1995-96 Fleer Metal Stackhouse’s Scrapbook #S-7
- 1996-97 Stadium Club Glen Rice #51
- 1996-97 Stadium Club Andrew Lang #167
- 1996-97 Topps Chrome David Robinson #80
- 1996-97 Topps Chrome Dennis Rodman #176
- 1996-97 Collectors Choice Jim McIlvaine #334
- 1996-97 Upper Deck Memorable Moments Gary Payton #9
- 1997-97 Metal Universe Titanium Penny Hardaway #7
- 1997-98 Topps Chrome Todd Day #21
- 1997-98 Upper Deck UD Choice Kobe Bryant #186
- 1997-98 Skybox Premium Reggie Miller #67
- 1998-99 Fleer Tradition Kobe Bryant #1
- 2017-18 Donruss Optic Retro Series Scottie Pippen #14 (lawsuit)
- 2018-19 Panini Contenders Dennis Rodman #33 (lawsuit)
1990-91 Fleer Rony Seikaly (#102)
The 1990-91 Fleer set was a classic junk basketball card set, although the top graded PSA 10 Jordan card (#26) from this set has sold for $900 or more on more than one occasion. This Jordan cameo card features Rony Seikaly (a favorite of mine from NBA Jam). Interestingly, this card isn’t only a Jordan cameo card, but also an error card, since Seikaly went by “Rony” and not “Ron”.
For those unfamiliar with Seiklay, he was a 6’11” Lebanese-born center drafted 9th overall by the Heat in the 1988 draft. He was a solid double-double threat while with the Heat, averaging 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in Miami.
This Seikaly Fleer card is a $5 or less card on eBay, and there are plenty ungraded copies to purchase. But since its both an error card and a Jordan cameo card, there are 52 graded copies as well (and counting). Of the 52 graded copies, 27 have received GEM Mint status with a PSA 10 grade. There has only been a single PSA 10 Seikaly sale in 2021, and that card sold in January for $80. However, this may be an interesting card to watch, especially since it is both an error card and features Jordan.
1990-91 Hoops Sam Vincent (#223)
Somehow the 1990-91 Hoops set managed to capture two of the most bizarre basketball cards ever printed, but I’ll just stick to card #223 in the set featuring Orlando Magic guard Sam Vincent (for more on this set and other interesting cards, check out the Wacky World of Basketball cards).
As you can see from the photo of this card, Jordan isn’t wearing his regular jersey, but instead is sporting the #12 long before Tom Brady. The reason why Jordan is wearing #12 rather than his typical #23 is because someone stole his jersey before the game, so he was stuck using a back up.
This card is plentiful on eBay and should be an easy pickup for around $5. There are roughly 700 PSA graded copies of this card, and of those 225 received a GEM Mint PSA 10 grade. The most recent sale for a PSA 10 copy of this card sold for $511 on April 19, 2021.
Another interesting thing to point out with this set, is that there are in fact two cards numbered 223, both featuring Sam Vincent. The only difference is the image on the front, one showing what you see above, and the other featuring Vincent in the black Magic uniform dribbling the ball. Very strange.
1992-93 Fleer Ultra Harold Miner Rookie (#293)
Owning a Michael Jordan rookie card is the pinnacle for nearly all card collectors, but only a few wealthy or fortunate collectors will ever be so lucky. However, the 1992-93 Fleer Ultra Harold Miner rookie card offers the opportunity for collectors to own a rookie card that features Jordan… maybe not the next best thing but still kind of cool in its own right.
The Miner rookie features a crisp shot of Jordan playing defense, with his left arm raised to unsuccessfully block Miner’s shot. Harold Miner fans also know his nickname was “Baby Jordan”, so its pretty wild to find a Miner rookie card that also happens to feature Jordan.
This card is readily available on eBay and is a $5 or below card. In fact, I was able to bid on a lot of 3 of these cards for just $1. Interestingly enough, a GEM Mint PSA 10 copy of this Miner rookie recently sold in February, 2021 for $200, making it among the most valuable top graded cards in this set.
The only other known PSA 10 cards from this set to have sold at or above $200 are the two Jordan cards (#27 which sells in the $250-$300 range, and #216 which sells in the $250-$350 range) and Shaq’s rookie card (#328), which sells in the $250-$300 range.
1992-93 Upper Deck All-Star Clyde Drexler (#438)
The 1992-93 Upper Deck All-Star weekend card (#438) featuring Clyde Drexler also happened to capture Jordan in the background wearing the all blue East All-Star jersey. It looks like Drexler may have gotten the best of Jordan on this play.
This card is also plentiful on eBay and should be easy to acquire for less than $5. I wasn’t able to find any graded copies of this card on the PSA website, nor was I able to find any graded copies on eBay so I doubt there is any value in getting this card graded. However, if Jordan cameo cards ever catch on, this card featuring two HOF players with 8 championships between them might creep up in value.
1992-93 Upper Deck Brian Shaw (#189)
Brian Shaw was another Miami Heat player from the 1992-93 season to be photographed with MJ. The 1992-93 Upper Deck Shaw card (#189) has a very clean image of Jordan with his back to the camera. The other Bulls players looks to be Scottie Pippen, but since the shot of the jersey isn’t clear and I can’t see his face, I can’t be certain.
This Brian Shaw card is abundant on eBay and can be purchased for under $5. There is no graded price history available on the PSA website and I doubt we will see any graded cards anytime soon, given the super low cost of this card and its abundance on eBay.
1993-94 Stadium Club John Starks (#116), Patrick Ewing (#200), and Dan Majerle (#353)
The 1993-94 Topps Stadium Club set is a special set, since it features three clear Jordan cameo cards, and possibly a fourth if the John Paxson card truly does capture Jordan far off in the background (I couldn’t be sure, so I’m not including it in this list).
The Stadium Club card of John Starks (#116) does clearly feature Jordan playing defense, and its very clear to me that MJ is there in the bottom right attempting to thwart Starks as he gets up to dunk the ball at the rim.
All of these 1993-94 Stadium Club cards are pretty inexpensive, and that is certainly true for this Starks card. When I searched on eBay, I found multiple copies selling for as little as $1 and up to $12 for a Buy It Now Members Only copy.
The 1993-94 Topps Stadium Club of Patrick Ewing (#200) is a bit of a wild picture overall but Jordan is clearly visible in the background, looking like he’s in pain and about to land on a teammate. Perhaps the Ewing and Starks photos were snapped on the same day?
These Ewing cards are plentiful on eBay and are cheap, with prices typically ranging from $2-$10, but this one should be very easy to pick up for under $5. Interestingly enough, the 1992-93 Stadium Club run has a Jordan base card (#1) that also features Ewing. The 92-93 Jordan card is another affordable option showing Jordan dunking on Ewing and has to be one of the 10 best dunking images of Jordan to be captured on a basketball card.
The other Jordan cameo card from this set is Frequent Flyers card #353 featuring Dan Majerle. This card is unique because its not only a Jordan cameo card, but also a clear Scottie Pippen cameo card as well, which makes it the only card of its kind on this list.
This card should be easy to acquire on eBay for $5 or less, but there are some obvious flippers trying to cash in on this card and selling it for as high as $75. There have been three graded copies of this card, one receiving a PSA 9, one a PSA 8, and the third was given the unfortunate grade of PSA 5. There were no sales transactions for this card, but the lone PSA 9 card is on sale on eBay for $200.
1993-94 Fleer Ultra All Rookie First Team Tom Gugliotta (2 of 5)
Certainly not the best insert on the list featuring a Jordan cameo, but the 1993-94 Fleer Ultra All Rookie First Team card of Tom Gugliotta (2 of 5) does have a very clean shot of Jordan playing defense on Gugliotta. According to the back of this card, Gugliotta was considered at the time their franchise player who the Washington Bullets were planning to build their team around.
In fact, as stated on the back of this card, “his [Gugliotta’s] ability as a passer and as a ballhandler impressed Michael Jordan and Pat Riley, who both compared Gugliotta to Larry Bird”. Those comparisons probably didn’t last much beyond Gugliotta’s first few seasons in the league.
This is another very affordable Jordan cameo card, with at least 10 or so sellers looking to deal this card for $5 or so on eBay on any given day. Surprisingly, there have been at least a few of these cards graded with PSA, but sales data is extremely limited. In fact, I only found two sales.
One was a PSA 10 copy of this card that sold for $79 back in October, 2017. The other was a very recent PSA 9 sale that sold for $15.50 on May 11, 2021.
1995-96 SkyBox Dell Curry (#12)
Before Steph Curry entered the NBA he was already turning heads with his unbelievable stats he put up during his time at Davidson College. But what many don’t know is that Steph’s father Dell also had a successful basketball career, and played against some of the best players from the 90’s, including Michael Jordan. The 1995-96 Skybox card of Dell Curry (#12) clearly captures Jordan in the background playing defense.
The look of this card is pretty fantastic, with the deep magenta background with the bright orange basketball with its flaming tail, reminiscent of NBA Jam. Also important to note with this card is that it might be just one of two Jordan cameo card to feature Jordan wearing #45. There are only a handful of cards featuring Jordan in a #45 jersey, and this is the only cameo card I’ve seen that has captured Jordan in that jersey.
When searching for this card on eBay, I found a few options at or under $5, but there were not as many copies for sale as I was expecting. Still, I really liked the look of this card and was able to buy a copy for $3 including shipping. I did see the PSA site listed one graded copy of this card, which received a PSA 9 grade, but I wasn’t able to find any sales prices associated with that card.
Another interesting fact about this 1995-96 Skybox Premium set is that the Jordan card from this set (#15) is an error card. The error is on the back with his block statistics, which were wrong. While the Curry card shows Jordan wearing #45, the Jordan card has him wearing his regular #23 jersey.
1995-96 Upper Deck Collectors Choice Player’s Club Grant Hill (#173)
The only other Jordan cameo card that shows Jordan wearing the #45 jersey is the 1995-96 Upper Deck Collectors Choice Player’s Club Grant Hill card (#173). This card is another nice one with a clean image of Jordan playing locked in defense on Hill, the focus on his face reminds me of how he was just as dangerous on defense as he was on offense.
This card is another easy one to find for just a few dollars on eBay. Given the super low price for an ungraded copy of this card, I wasn’t all too surprised to not find any graded copies listed on PSA’s website. I did find one current copy with a BGS 9 grade that was up for auction, and with five days left of bidding the price had only been bid up to $10.
1995-96 Fleer Metal Stackhouse’s Scrapbook #S-7
Some of my all time favorite basketball card sets from the 90s are Fleer Metal and Skybox Metal. The 1997-98 Skybox Metal has one of the best base Jordan cards you’ll find from the 90s, and the 1995-96 Fleer Metal set features a strong Jordan cameo card with the Stackhouse’s Scrapbook Jerry Stackhouse card (#S-7).
Like so many other cards on this list, this is an easy one to grab for under $5. There were at least 20 or so copies when I went searching on eBay, so Stackhouse fans and Jordan cameo card collectors will have a very easy time adding this card to the collection.
There have only been two recorded sales of graded copies of this card on PSA’s website, with one PSA 10 copy selling back in June 2019 for $25 and one PSA 8 selling in February 2021 for $20.
1996-97 Topps Stadium Club Glen Rice (#51) and Andrew Lang (#167)
If you are a fan of the black pin stripe Bulls jersey, then the Glen Rice Topps Stadium Club card (#51) may be the best card from this list to add to your collection. This Glen Rice card beautifully captures Jordan in one of the coolest alternate Bulls jersey’s I’ve seen. The shot of Rice beautifully captures Jordan’s name and number, making it one of the cleanest cameo cards on this list.
This Glen Rice card sells for around $5 on eBay, but there day I searched I found very little online inventory. I only saw 5 cards available when I searched in late April, 2021.
There were no PSA graded copies of this card, and it almost certainly isn’t worth sending this card in for grading since the best cards in this set don’t currently sell for much. To give some context, the PSA 10 Jordan card (#101) from this set sells for around $350-$400 while the PSA 9 sells for around $40-$60.
The Andrew Lang 1996-97 Topps Stadium Club card (#167) is a great shot of Lang attempting to block Jordan as he elevates towards the basket. Its a nice full body shot of Jordan, and on thing about this card that makes it rather unique is that the photo captures a clean image of Jordan wearing the iconic Air Jordan XII in black and white.
This Lang card is another easy one to find on eBay for around $5. There were also no PSA graded copies of this card when I checked, which shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.
1996-97 Topps Chrome David Robinson (#80) & Dennis Rodman (#176)
One of the most iconic basketball card sets is the 1996-97 Topps Chrome set, which not only was the debut set of Topps Chrome, but also happened to coincide with one of the best rookie classes of all time. This set also features three Jordan cards, the one base card of Michael Jordan (#139), as well as two Jordan cameo cards. This set also has refractor versions for all of the base cards, so there are some absolutely stunning cards in this set and it is one of my personal favorites.
The first Jordan cameo card is the David Robinson card (#80), which shows Robinson playing defense and Jordan looking to finish at the rim. This is one of the best Jordan cameo cards since it very clearly features both Jordan and Robinson equally, and its from an amazing set.
The ungraded copies of this David Robinson card typically sell on eBay for $10-$20, but every once in a while you’ll see auctions starting out for $1 and closing for under $10, but that’s fairly rare. There is almost no sales history on the PSA site for graded copies of this card, but a PSA 9 non-refractor sold on February 1, 2021 for $70.
A refractor copy of this card, if you are lucky enough to own one or stumble across one, could probably fetch $1,000+ in today’s market. The last PSA 10 refractor card sold in November, 2020 for $888.
The other Jordan cameo card from the 1996-97 Topps Chrome set is the card for Jordan’s teammate Dennis Rodman (#176). The Rodman card is another strong Jordan cameo card as Jordan is clearly visible in the background, along with Boston Celtic’s forward Rick Fox.
Like the David Robinson card, the ungraded copies of this card will normally sell in the $5-$15 range. One thing to watch for with ungraded copies of cards from the 1996 Topps Chrome set, is that some scrubs on eBay will try and pass off a Topps NBA at 50 foil as a Topps Chrome card, but just double check for the Topps Chrome logo to make sure you’re actually buying chrome.
The PSA website has a few records of recent sales for this Rodman chrome card. The most recent PSA 9 sale of the non-refractor went for $68 on May 11, 2021. The most recent sale of a GEM Mint PSA 10 copy of this same card sold on March 20, 2021 for $156, although just two weeks earlier a PSA 10 sold for $500 even.
The refractor versions of this card see a hefty premium over the non-refractor base copies. The most recent sale of a PSA 9 refractor sold on February 22, 2021 (more or less the peak to date of the basketball card market) for $1,300, or roughly TWENTY times the most recent selling price of the same non-refractor card.
There isn’t any recent sales for a GEM Mint PSA 10 refractor copy of this card. The best we can do is go way back to September 2019, when a PSA 10 copy sold for $716 – what a bargain! If the math worked out the same as what we saw with the PSA 9 refractor, we’d expect the PSA 10 to sell for around $10K, but that feels a bit too high for this card in the current market.
1996-97 Collector’s Choice Jim McIlvaine (#334)
A fantastic near full body Jordan cameo card is card #334 from the 1996-97 Collector’s Choice set featuring Jim McIlvaine. The Seattle Supersonics Center is elevating to contest Jordan at the basket, and its a great offensive shot of Jordan playing above the rim. This Jordan cameo card is rather unique, because it is one of the cleanest shots of Jordan wearing Air Jordans (specifically the red and white Air Jordan XII) you’ll ever see.
McIlvaine had a fairly short NBA career, playing a total of 401 games across 7 seasons. McIlvaine only averaged about 15 minutes per game, and in those minutes he averaged about 2.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and a respectable 1.7 blocks per game.
You’d assume the McIlvaine Collectors Choice Jordan cameo card would be another easy one to buy on eBay for $5 or less, but I only saw one copy of this card for sale, and it was a COMC sale listing the card for $6. Sure, not an expensive price, but I was shocked with how few there were listed on eBay. If you are a Jordan cameo collector and/or a sneakerhead, you may want to pounce on the single COMC card listed.
There were no graded copies listed on PSA’s website, but this could be an interesting one to get graded if a market starts to develop for Jordan cameo cards. As this is also a 1996-97 set, meaning a set that includes a Kobe rookie card, this set could gain some attention in coming years.
1997-98 Upper Deck Memorable Moments Gary Payton #9
This 1997-98 Upper Deck Memorable Moment card featuring Gary Payton throwing the rock in the direction of the photographer is a great Jordan cameo card, since the shot very clearly captures Michael Jordan playing defenses on Payton. Overall, this is a cool looking card not only because it is a Jordan cameo, but it is also a die cut card with a bit of gold leaf along the top and bottom borders.
This Memorable Moments card is a $5 or below for an ungraded copy of this card and when I checked in mid May, 2021 there were at least a dozen or so copies. There are no listed PSA graded copies of this card, but the most recent PSA 9 Memorable Moment featuring Michael Jordan hugging Scottie Pippen sold for $68 in December, 2020.
The text on the front of the Payton Memorable Moment card reads:
“The Glove” takes the Bulls by the horns in an overtime loss at Chicago. 3/18/97
I was able to find a 9 minute highlight video from that very night, which is absolutely worth viewing. The video features an awesome Jordan dunk at the 13 second mark, some nice Payton steals, and much more. The game was a nail biter up to the very end, but the Bulls held on to win 89-87.
Gary Payton filled up the stat sheet that night with a triple double, collecting 12 rebounds, 14 assists, and scoring 14 points. His point total was diminished due to a terrible offensive night making just 3 of his 16 shot attempts.
Both Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman would have monster rebounding nights during that game as well. Jordan had a double double, scoring 32 points and grabbing 18 total rebounds (including 8 offensive rebounds), while Rodman only scored 2 points on one put back at the rim, but cleaned up on the glass and grabbed 17 total rebounds.
1997-98 Metal Universe Titanium Anfernee Hardaway (#7)
One of the most expensive cards on this unique list is the 1997-98 Fleer Metal Universe Titanium card (7 of 20) featuring Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway which also beautifully captures Jordan playing defense. These exquisite die-cut acetate Titanium insert cards were limited to one in every 72 packs on average, and there were only 20 cards in the Titanium set.
The back of the Hardaway Titanium card reads:
“Despite a severe left knee injury last season, he bounced back to almost single-handedly knock off Miami in the playoffs. In just over four NBA seasons, he’s already appeared in 36 postseason games, averaging 20.8 points per outing.”
Ungraded copies of this card typically sell in the $200-$300 range, with the most recent sale taking place on April 22, 2021 and selling for $308. There haven’t been any PSA 10 sales of this card in 2021, but the most recent sale of a PSA 9 Hardaway Titanium card sold on March 24, 2021 for $550. The highest known sale of a PSA 9 copy of this card took place in February, 2021 when a copy of this card sold for $800.
This Penny Hardaway Titanium card is typically the third most valuable card in this 20-card set. Tied at the top are the Jordan and Kobe Titanium cards.
1997-98 Topps Chrome Todd Day (#21)
As a lifetime Celtics fan, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I don’t remember Todd Day… not even a little. After a quick search for Day’s NBA career, I discovered he was the Milwaukee Bucks 8th overall draft in the 1992 NBA draft. Day played 3 seasons for the Bucks before being traded to the Celtics in 1995 and playing for the Celtics for only 2 seasons, which makes me feel a bit better about not having any memory of him as a Celtic.
The 1997-98 Topps Chrome Todd Day card (#21), the second year of Topps Chrome, is an easy Jordan cameo card to pick up as a non-refractor, but the refractor version of this card can be a bit pricey. The Day card is very close to a full body shot of Jordan playing defense on Day, and is the second Jordan cameo card on this list that clearly featuring MJ sporting Air Jordan XIIs.
Since its a Topps Chrome card, this Todd Day and Jordan cameo card isn’t likely to be found selling for under $5. However, it should be easy to find a copy in the $10-$20 range. The cheapest I could find for the refractor was $120, but there was only one at that price. The other copies I found were much higher, asking for over $500.
There doesn’t appear to be any price history on PSA for graded copies of this card. However, like I’ve said before in this article, if and when a market develops for Jordan cameo cards, I could easily people looking to buy ungraded copies to get graded and flip. I’m sure a PSA 10 copy of this card (either the refractor or non-refractor) would go for 10x-20x what an ungraded copy sells for.
1997-98 Upper Deck UD Choice Kobe Bryant (#186)
Although this is a Kobe Bryant card, this is perhaps the worst Jordan cameo card on the list, and there just so happens to be a second (and much better) Kobe and Jordan cameo card on this list.
The 1997-98 Upper Deck UD Choice Kobe Bryant All-Star Debut card is a fantastic shot of Kobe trying to avoid the outstretched arm of Dikembe Mutombo (making his 5th All-Star appearance) and in the background MJ (making his 12th All-Star appearance) has his back to the action. You can clearly see the last 5 letters and the number 3 on his jersey.
This one is an easy one to find ungraded on eBay for just a few dollars. There are plenty of copies of this card and you should be able to acquire it easily for around $5-$10. I wasn’t able to find this card on PSA’s website, but given the availability and affordability seen on eBay, I doubt there is much demand for graded copies of this card.
1998-99 Skybox Premium Reggie Miller (#67)
One of the best Jordan cameo cards on this list is the 1998-99 Skybox Premium Reggie Miller card (#67). Reggie Miller, know mainly for his offensive capabilities and his great shooting range, is seen in this card making a clean block on Jordan. The high gloss refractor-like finish for the text on this card gives it a particularly premium look, so this one is certainly a top MJ cameo card in my book.
This card isn’t nearly as plentiful as so many other cards on this list, and when I searched eBay I was only able to find five copies, and none of those looked like they were in pristine condition. The five ungraded copies I saw on eBay were all typically listed with Buy It Now asking prices in the $8-$12 range.
There is a record of one of these cards graded on the PSA website, but they don’t have any transaction history.
For some perspective, I did look at what the graded copies of the Michael Jordan card (#23) from this set were selling for, and top graded were selling for about $550 on the high end, with the most recent sale taking place on May 22, 2021 and selling for $270. The PSA 9 Jordan card has been fairly consistently selling in the $75-$100 range.
1998-99 Fleer Tradition Kobe Bryant (#1)
The second Kobe Bryant card on this list is a much better Jordan cameo card than the Kobe All-Star card. The 1998-99 Fleer Tradition Kobe card (#1) shows Kobe going up for a dunk with Jordan’s unsuccessful attempt at blocking him.
This Kobe card is easy to find ungraded on eBay, with auction prices generally selling in the $15-$20 range, and Buy It Now asking prices posted for as low as $23 and as high as $160. Also interesting with this set, is that the Kevin Garnett card (#100) is also a Kobe Bryant cameo card.
This card does have a few graded copies listed on eBay, but for whatever reason I was unsuccessful finding the price history on PSA’s website. I did find the history of one PSA 8 that sold for $66 on June 4, 2021. My best guess based on that price is that a PSA 9 would sell for around $100-$125 and a PSA 10 would likely go for $200-$300.
Lawsuit Cards: 2017-18 Donruss Optic Retro Series Scottie Pippen (#14) & 2018-19 Panini Contenders Winning Tickets Dennis Rodman (#33)
Back in February, 2021 Forbes published an interesting article about Upper Deck filing a lawsuit against Panini for wrongfully including images of Michael Jordan for two different Jordan cameo cards. Upper Deck has the exclusive rights with MJ to use his photographs, name, likeness, etc. for trading cards, so what Panini did was a no no.
According to the complaint filed by Upper Deck, “Panini deliberately altered and manipulated Jordan’s image into the background of multiple Panini trading cards in two trading card releases to gratuitously lend on the tremendous international brand equity and goodwill of Michael Jordan who is not only one of the greatest NBA players of all time, but a current NBA owner.
Panini did so to market and increase the sale of its products and brand equity, to use Jordan for commercial gain, to confuse the market, and to harm Upper Deck including Upper Deck’s brands, goodwill, and exclusive contract.”
But lets move past the legalese and take a look at these two illegal Jordan cameo cards.
The first of the two cards in the Upper Deck and Panini lawsuit was the 2017-18 Donruss Optic Retro Series Scottie Pippen card (#14). This card features a tiny image of Jordan way in the background, and it is very easy to overlook him in the lower right corner of the card, but if you look closely you can fairly easily see that it is indeed MJ.
Since this is a modern Donruss card, there are numerous parallels in addition to the base, including the Holo prizm, Fast Break prizm, Lime Green prizm (numbered to 175), Blue prizm (numbered to 49), and Gold prizm (numbered to just 10).
Ungraded copies of the base card are currently pretty cheap, selling for $5-$10. Not all copies of this card also feature Jordan, so if you are interested in this Jordan cameo card, make sure you double check that Jordan is there in the lower right.
The PSA website has a limited selection of price history for the various parallels of this Pippen card featuring Jordan. The most recent selling price for a PSA 10 base copy of this card sold for $70 on March 23, 2021. There was a Holo prizm copy with a PSA 9 grade that sold on May 5, 2021 also for $70. Right now on eBay, there is a Gold prizm (4/10) with a PSA 9 grade with a Buy It Now asking price of $7,999.
The second card mentioned in the Upper Deck and Panini lawsuit was a 2018-19 Panini Contenders Winning Tickets card of Dennis Rodman (#33) that has a much more visible and blatant shot of Jordan in the background. All in all this is a nice shot of Rodman clapping above his head with Jordan trailing a few steps behind him.
I only found six copies of this card selling on eBay, with prices for an ungraded copy ranging from $40 to as high as $450. One of the six cards for sale was also a PSA 9 graded copy, with a Buy It Now asking price of $200.
The PSA website has some recent price history for this card. The recent sales for PSA 9 copies of this Rodman card have sold for around $80, with the most recent sale back in January 2021 selling for $75. There has only been a single PSA 10 sale which sold for $500 back on July 7, 2020.
Other Jordan Cameo Cards?
Despite my best efforts, I’m sure to have missed at least one or two Jordan cameo cards. I think there must be at least one out there featuring Jordan in a Wizards uniform.
If anyone with a Jordan cameo card collection stumbles across this article and know of any others, please comment below so that I can update this post. It will be interesting to see if a market starts to develop for the various cameo cards on this list, and the one that I’m saving up for to add to my stack is that beautiful Penny Titanium card.
Thanks for reading and let me know what you think about Jordan cameo cards, or just cameo cards in general.