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Old 11-14-2017, 07:58 PM
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Default Michael Jordan Upper Deck RC!?!?!?!?

I'm hoping some board members can provide opinions and help clarify this for me.

Jordan has a 1991 issue of him as a basketball player "fooling around" in a baseball uniform. It was a short printed special promo card. He also has a 1994 standard issue Star Rookies card depicting the baseball player Michael Jordan.

I always considered 1994 as his baseball RC. I don't feel that a special promo card of Jordan the basketball player should be labeled a baseball RC over the first standard card of Jordan the baseball player. The Beckett 2017 annual guide seems to share this reasoning. However, certain grading companies seem to identify the 1991 promo issue as Jordans labeled RC and not the 1994 issue.

I have submitted my 1994 issue Jordan for grading and just noticed that the label will not include the RC designation. To be honest, I did not submit the card for reasons regarding the value of the card. I just thought it would be great to own a highly graded Michael Jordan RC.......I have sent an email to the research department of the grading company I submitted the card to and am waiting for an official response.

How does the Net54 community feel about this?!?!

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Old 11-15-2017, 11:12 AM
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You might also post this in the basketball forum to get more looks by folks who collect Jordan cards. If I had a vote between the 2 you mention I would go with 94

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Old 11-15-2017, 11:22 AM
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Default 1994

The 1991 is a great looking card - but I agree, his baseball rookie is 1994. For my collection, I went with both the 1991 and the 1994 Upper Deck FunPack.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:31 AM
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Is this the 91 card you are talking about ? Seems to have baseball logo on it





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Old 11-15-2017, 11:54 AM
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That is in fact the 1991 issue I am talking about. He wore a White Sox uniform and took BP swings for fun. UD captured the moment and used it for a special promo card. My opinion is he was a basketball player and great athlete who used his status to obtain a great, fun opportunity. He was not officially a baseball player until the 1994 issue. It is a unique situation without a doubt.....Thanks for posting that photo.
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:02 PM
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You might look at the discussion on the main board about the Mantle rookie card. Included is a discussion about whether a true rookie card needs to occur in year the player actually played, and at what level.

As with most hobby debates there is no official hobby arbiter to decide such questions. Opinions vary. Are you using PSA ? Do all the grading companies come out in the same place on this ?
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:30 PM
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when Jordan was there getting a ticket was a big deal. they were scalping $15 dollar tickets for hundreds. I like the 91?. I have seen a minor league set that has a Jordan auto on top. I have never seen one for sale?.
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Old 11-15-2017, 01:11 PM
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I can't find any examples of PSA or Beckett labeling RC on either UD issue. SGC has graded examples of the 91 being a RC which conflicts with the annual beckett guide and what I've always thought since 1994.....Thanks for the responses!
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Old 11-15-2017, 04:09 PM
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You might look at the discussion on the main board about the Mantle rookie card. Included is a discussion about whether a true rookie card needs to occur in year the player actually played, and at what level.

As with most hobby debates there is no official hobby arbiter to decide such questions. Opinions vary. Are you using PSA ? Do all the grading companies come out in the same place on this ?
I think the Mantle discussion is a completely different beast. Mantle was a baseball player in 1951 and Bowman made a card for him. In 1952 Topps issued a card which is arguably the most iconic card in the hobby along with the Wagner. So a lot of people refer to it as his RC. I'm sure that is part marketing and part Topps bias in the hobby.

The Jordan issue seems cut and dry. If Michael Jordan never played minor league baseball would the 1991 card be a rookie card? No. Just a fun special card to try and get people to spend more money on packs to get one. In 1994 he switches to baseball and boom 1991 is his RC? I don't think so.

Just my opinion of course.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:08 PM
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I used to own both of those cards as a kid. Probably have them in a box somewhere. Since he never made it to the majors both may be considered XRCs but I'm fine with either being referred to as a RC.
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