Not too long ago the hobby community discovered what seemingly went unnoticed for nearly 30 years…the Menendez Brothers sitting courtside in the background of a 1990-91 Hoops card featuring former Knicks guard Mark Jackson.
But now, there is another card making the rounds on eBay with soaring sales. And it’s all thanks to a familiar face in the background of a Dennis Rodman card.
Just who is the familiar face in the background of the 2018-19 Dennis Rodman Panini Contenders Winning Tickets insert? It’s none other than Michael Jordan.
What makes this an anomaly? Well, it’s quite simple actually. Michael Jordan is an Upper Deck exclusive athlete and has been for years. From what is known about his deal with Upper Deck, his agreement is unique in terms of being an exclusive athlete for the trading card brand. Take for example LeBron James, another Upper Deck exclusive athlete. His arrangement with UD seems to allow him to appear in Panini basketball products as he has for several years and for Topps before that. However, Michael Jordan has not appeared in any Panini basketball products since the early 90’s when he was included in their sticker sets, years before Panini would become the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NBA.
This Dennis Rodman card is believed to be the first time MJ has made an appearance on any Panini basketball card since they became the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NBA. The rarity of Jordan’s appearance outside of an Upper Deck product is what makes this card so unique……and apparently valuable!
When this card was initially discovered, sales were about where you’d imagine for a Dennis Rodman card ($3-8). But, since then, sales for the card on the secondary market have soared with recent eBay listings ending around $50!
Looks like it’s time go hunting for the card featuring not only The Worm, but also The G.O.A.T! You can find this card in 2018-19 Panini Contenders Basketball!
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