In recent years, the junk wax era of basketball cards has experienced a resurgence in popularity among collectors. Junk wax refers to the abundance of sports cards produced during the late 1980s and early 1990s, which resulted in a saturation of the market and a drop in value. However, some cards from this era have become highly sought after by collectors, and the top 25 sales on eBay in the last two weeks reflect this trend.
Topping the list is a 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card graded gem mint PSA 10, which sold for $214,920. This card is considered one of the most iconic and valuable basketball cards of all time, and its popularity has only increased in recent years.
Moving down the list, there are several cards featuring Shaquille O’Neal, who was a dominant force in the NBA during the 1990s. From 1992 Hoops, there is a Shaquille O’Neal all rookie team insert rookie card graded PSA 10, which sold for $350 in a gem mint slab. Also from 1992, a Fleer Ultra Shaquille O’Neal rookie card graded a pristine BGS 10 sold for $350, and a Shaquille O’Neal All-Star Weekend rookie card PSA 10 from Upper Deck sold for $400.
Other notable cards include a Larry Johnson 1993 Ultra Scoring Kings PSA 9 which sold for $360.35, and a Mark Jackson with the Menendez brothers in the background 1990 Hoops PSA 10, which sold for $401.55.
In addition to the top 25 list, Junk Wax Investor also features a set of bonus cards at the end of the video. These cards are worth checking out, as they offer collectors the opportunity to add some unique and valuable cards to their collections.
Overall, the popularity of junk wax era basketball cards is a testament to the enduring appeal of sports cards as a collectible item. Despite the saturation of the market during the 1990s, some cards from this era have retained their value and continue to be highly sought after by collectors. As the popularity of sports cards continues to grow, it will be interesting to see what other cards from the past will become valuable and sought after in the future.
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