Staggering Price Paid for 1986 Fleer Basketball Commons
I’m sure many of you are aware of the huge prices being paid for 1986 Fleer Basketball PSA 10’s, but this one blew me away. There were two Johnny Moore, #76 in the set, PSA 10’s that sold over the weekend on eBay for $15,103.00 and $14,329.00 respectively. I took a look at the PSA population report and only 35 have been graded gem mint by them, making it the lowest number of any card in the set.
There are many other “commons” in the set with populations not too far off from the Johnny Moore, but they don’t seem to command the kind of prices that the Moore does. The next lowest amount of PSA 10 grades are #67 Jeff Malone and #132 Checklist. There have been several recent sales of the checklist ranging from $6,999.00 to $8.100.00. You’ll also notice how a BGS 9.5 closing price is compared to a PSA in the picture below.
Recent Jeff Malone sales have ranged from $,1500.00 to $2,400.00. It makes sense to me that the checklist would carry a premium for two reasons. 1. It’s the last card in the set and likely could have had rubber band damage from kids putting them around their cards. 2. Many were likely marked with ink by set builders. These are two reasons you see checklist cards and first/last cards in sets carrying a premium throughout the years.
I’m not well versed enough to understand why the Johnny Moore commands such a high premium other than it being the card with the least amount of PSA 10’s. Possibly tough centering, print marks or something similar. I just don’t know.
What I do know is that there are treasures in 1986 Fleer Basketball beyond Jordan and the other big name rookies that have been fueled by the PSA pop report. Opening a wax pack of this product doesn’t seem as crazy to me anymore after seeing some of the prices on graded common cards. I knew this was going on in vintage sets, but I really didn’t realize how crazy 1986 Fleer Basketball prices had gotten. I suppose 1986 is “vintage” now too. Doesn’t seem that way for someone that was 10 years old at the time though.