15 Most Valuable 1991 NBA Hoops Cards - Old Sports Cards (2024)

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Often overlooked in the hobby these days, 1991 NBA Hoops cards still pack a heavy nostalgic punch.

To fully appreciate them, you have to remember that they hit store shelves at apivotaltime in NBA history.

Michael Jordan had just won his first NBA Championship and the U.S. Olympic Team was poised to dominate the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona...

Those two things helped propel basketball to a whole new level on the world stage and these cards helped spread the popularity even more.

And in this guide, we look at the 15 most valuable.

Let's get started!

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I do want to be 100% clear that most of the cards in this set sadly have no value these days.

Like the 1991 Fleer, SkyBox and Upper Deck sets, there were just so many of these cards printed.

And to have any value at all, the cards on this list will need to be graded in PSA 10 gem mint condition...meaning they're nearly flawless.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's take a look at the list:

1991 Hoops #30 Michael Jordan MVP

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $80

The 1990-91 season was the year that Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls finally put everything together as they'd go on to defeat Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in the NBA Finals.

At last, Jordan had a championship ring...

And after leading the league in scoring for the fifth straight season and earning his second MVP award, he had solidified his place as the face of the league.

Collectors everywhere were ripping through packs searching for his cards, especially this one, which I always thought had a great look and feel to it.

From the beautiful image of Jordan shooting over a defender to the "Most Valuable Player" callout in the upper-right corner, this card packs a visual punch.

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1991 Hoops #317 Michael Jordan Milestones

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $75

The 1991 Hoops set featured several subsets with different themes and vibrant design elements perfect for the time.

Cards #314 - 318 in the set helped celebrate significant milestones that Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, and Alex English were able to achieve.

For Jordan's part, Hoops congratulated him for leading the league in scoring for five straight seasons, putting his streak in the middle of George Gervin's four consecutive scoring titles and Wilt Chamberlain's seven straight scoring titles.

Jordan would later tie Chamberlain's record as he led the league in scoring for two more consecutive seasons.

And had he not retired to play professional baseball, it's likely he would've continued that streak even longer.

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1991 Hoops #536 Michael Jordan All-Time Active Leader

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $75

The "All-Time Active Leader" subset featured eight different cards, highlighting eight different players who, at the time, were the all-time active leaders in various statistical categories.

The keyword is"active"because six of the eight players still had a bit farther to go to become the true all-time leader in their respective categories.

However, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan were the exceptions as they had already reached the top, with Johnson becoming the all-time assists leader (9,921) and Jordan leading in scoring average (32.6).

In just 509 career games through seven seasons, Jordan had torched opposing defenses by amassing a jaw-dropping 16,596 points.

Hoops chose a fantastic photo to mark Jordan's achievement as he throws one down with authority as if to symbolize his place as the all-time leader in scoring average.

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1991 Hoops #455 Michael Jordan Supreme Court

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $75

A much larger subset than the others, the "1991 NBA Hoops Supreme Court" highlighted the achievements of two top players from every team in the league.

Representing the Chicago Bulls were, of course, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan.

The card's reverse mentions Jordan's regular season and postseason MVP awards, his first NBA championship, and his prolific scoring ability.

The front of the card boasts fantastic eye appeal as Jordan shoots over the New York Knicks' Gerald Wilkins as he desperately tries to get a hand in Jordan's face.

I will never forget those grueling, hard-fought postseason battles between the Bulls and Knicks during the 1990s as both teams brought so much passion to the game.

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1991 Hoops #579 Michael Jordan

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $75

To build hype for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, members of the "Dream Team" each received a card showcasing them in their red, white, and blue USA Basketball uniforms.

The reverse of Jordan's card mentions his success as a member of the 1984 Olympic Team and one game in particular in which he scored 24 points on 12-of-14 shooting against Spain.

The "Dream Team" that played in the 1992 Olympics was arguably the greatest basketball team ever assembled and undoubtedly helped propel basketball to new heights on the world stage.

Although no other team gave the U.S. any serious competition, those games were so fun to watch, given how many future Hall of Famers and legends were on the court at the same time.

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1991 Hoops #253 Michael Jordan All-Star

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $65

Featuring the best players the East and West had to offer, the 1991 All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina came down to the wire with the East narrowly escaping with a 116-114 victory.

Jordan led the East in scoring with 26 points but he was a bit sloppy overall as he shot 10-of-25 from the floor and committed as many turnovers (10) as the rest of the East starters combined.

Charles Barkely stole the show with 17 points and a jaw-dropping 22 rebounds to earn MVP honors.

This card packs a tremendous visual punch as Jordan dunks one home as the ball sits superimposed over the blue border.

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1991 Hoops Team USA

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $60

The world received its first look at the "Dream Team" when the United States hosted the 1992 Tournament of the Americas in Portland, Oregon.

Ten teams from across the Americas battled to determine the four teams that would earn a trip to the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Everyone knew the United States would easily come out on top.

It was just a question of how dominant they would be.

Ultimately, it wasn't even close as the United States defeated each of their opponents by an average of 51.5 points per game.

With the exception of Christian Laettner, everyone pictured on this card is a Hall of Famer.

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1991 Hoops #543 Michael Jordan

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $60

We all knew how much Jordan's first NBA Championship meant to him and the rest of the Chicago Bulls.

After coming up empty-handed time and time again during the playoffs, Jordan and the Bulls decidedly swept their arch-rivals, the Detroit Pistons, to earn a trip to the NBA Finals to face off against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers.

When the Bulls lost Game 1, things looked a bit troubling for Chicago.

However, Jordan led them on a charge that took the basketball world by storm as he and the Bulls won the next four games in a row to pick up the franchise's first championship.

The image of Jordan kissing the Larry O'Brien trophy captured Jordan in the exact moment where he took over as the league's top superstar.

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1991 Hoops #578 Magic Johnson

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $55

After being diagnosed with HIV, it was initially uncertain if Magic Johnson would play in the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Thankfully, he suited up and helped the United States put on an unforgettable show as he led the team in total assists (54) to help the team bring home the gold medal.

Known for his exuberant personality, the reverse of the card quotes Johnson as saying, "There was no way I was going to miss this. I'm happy to be selected and to have the opportunity to play with other great, great basketball players."

I remember being so excited to see him join the rest of the superstars that made up that incredible team.

It would not have been the same without him.

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1991 Hoops #306 Scoring Leaders

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $45

Michael Jordan led the league in scoring with a phenomenal 31.5 points per game during the 1990-91 season.

But, Karl Malone wasn't too far behind with his 29 points per game average.

Both legends are shown together on this card with Jordan shooting a jumper and teammate, Scottie Pippen, looking on in the background while Malone lays one up over the 7'7" Manute Bol.

Jordan and Malone would later famously go head-to-head during both the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals with Jordan and the Bulls coming out on top both times.

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1991 Hoops #34 Scottie Pippen

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $35

Would Michael Jordan have six championship rings if Scottie Pippen weren't by his side all those years?

Who knows?

What is certain, though, is that Pippen was one of the most outstanding small forwards who ever played the game.

A fantastic scorer, Pippen was also a tenacious defender, as demonstrated by his eight NBA All-Defensive First Team selections.

This card serves as a symbol for the heated battles between the Bulls and Pistons back then as Pippen drives around Detroit small forward Mark Aguirre.

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1991 Hoops #576 Larry Bird

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $35

At 35 years old, Larry Bird was the oldest member of "The Dream Team" and one of the first ten players chosen to represent the U.S.

And even though he was battling back problems the entire time, he still helped lead the team to a gold medal, turning in 8.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.

The reverse of the card mentions how excited Bird was to join the rest of the incredible players on that team to attempt to bring home the gold medal for his country.

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1991 Hoops #549 Dikembe Mutombo Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $25

Selected by the Denver Nuggets with the fourth pick in the 1991 NBA Draft, Dikembe Mutombo immediately impacted the league by establishing himself as an incredible defender.

The Georgetown product averaged 16.6 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 3 points per game while being named an All-Star and a 1st Team All-Rookie during his debut season.

A four-time Defensive Player of the Year, Mutombo quickly became known for his incredible shot-blocking ability while famously waving his index finger at his opponents after blocking their shots.

When I was in high school, I remember watching him put up 25+ points and 25+ rebounds in a single game when he was with the Hawks and being in awe of how he could do that at the game's highest level.

As a Hall of Famer, Mutombo's rookie card can be worth around $25 or more in top condition.

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1991 Hoops #101 Magic Johnson

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $25

One of the game's most exciting players ever, Magic Johnson possessed uncanny court awareness and an ability to manage the game.

A prolific passer, Johnson surpassed Oscar Robertson to become the all-time assists leader during the 1991 season, ultimately finishing the year with 9,921 dimes to his name.

Pictured blowing by Minnesota center Randy Breuer on his base card in the set, Johnson also had a fantastic scoring skillset, as noted by his career scoring average of 19.5 points per game.

The 1990-1991 would be Johnson's last full season before he tested positive for HIV but fortunately for the basketball world, he was able to suit up for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

A twelve-time All-Star, three-time MVP, and five-time NBA Champion, Magic Johnson's cards remain some of the most popular in the hobby.

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1991 Hoops #9 Larry Bird

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $25

You can't talk about Magic Johnson without mentioning Larry Bird (and vice versa) as these two guys developed one of the game's most iconic personal rivalries of all-time.

It all started during their college days when Johnson led the Michigan State Spartans over Bird and the Indiana State Sycamores in the 1979 NCAA Championship Game.

From that point on, Bird and Johnson would repeatedly square off in heated competition.

Ultimately, Johnson got the best of Bird in the NBA, too, as he and the Lakers notched five NBA titles to Bird's three.

The twelve-time All-Star, three-time MVP and three-time NBA Champion Larry Bird would return for one more year during the 1991-1992 season before retiring because of chronic back problems.

Bird and Johnson were so fun to watch and their play, especially during the 1980s, helped elevate the NBA to a whole new level.

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1991 Hoops #546 Larry Johnson Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $20

Last but not least on our list is the 1991-92 Rookie of the Year winner, Larry Johnson, taken number one overall by the Charlotte Hornets during the 1991 NBA Draft.

This card was so hot when it was first released.

Fresh out of UNLV, Johnson got off to a hot start in the NBA as he averaged 19.2 points, 11 rebounds, and 3.6 points per game as a 6'6" power forward.

Fans will also remember those famous "Grandmama" commercials during the early 90s that featured Johnson after Converse signed him to a shoe deal.

After five seasons in Charlotte, Johnson developed a bit of friction between superstar teammate, Alonzo Mourning, that ultimately led to the team trading him to the New York Knicks.

Johnson never performed at his All-Star level in five seasons with the Knicks but was still effective in helping the team to multiple runs deep into the playoffs.

Like Bird, Johnson ended up retiring due to chronic back issues.

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1991 NBA Hoops Cards In Review

Clocking in with a 590-card checklist, the 1991 Hoops set offered plenty of superstar power, multiple subsets, and some of the most iconic cards of the era with its patriotic cards of "The Dream Team."

Dikembe Mutombo and Larry Johnson represent the two key rookie cards in the set with Kenny Anderson and Steve Smith making their cardboard debuts as well.

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The boisterous colors and design elements used throughout the set scream "early 1990s."

Although they may look a bit funny today, they were undoubtedly in style back then.

And being able to look back on a given era and what was popular in terms of design is part of what makes collecting cards so fun.

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What are 1991 NBA Hoops cards worth? ›

SportsCardsPro Index: 1991 Hoops
CardUngradedGrade 9
Michael Jordan, Karl Malone #306$1.35$11.29
Larry Bird #9$1.00$11.30
Jordan, Bulls Win First NBA Title #542$1.99$24.99
Magic Johnson #101$1.29$7.00
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Are there any NBA hoops cards worth money? ›

Though not as hot a property as some baseball cards, there's a big market for the basketball stuff too. Per our research, there have been at least 26 sales of NBA cards worth seven figures. Most of them involve Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry.

What is the rarest basketball card ever? ›

1. 1948 George Mikan. The 1948 Bowman George Mikan rookie card is one of the rarest and most valuable basketball cards of all time. Mikan was one of the first true superstars of the NBA and helped popularize the game in the 1940s and 1950s.

What year basketball cards are worthless? ›

If the cards are mostly from the 80s and 90s, especially from about 1987 to 1994, they're close to worthless. That was the height of the “overproduction” or “junk wax” era, when cards were very popular and being made in very high quantities.

What are the best NBA trading cards? ›

Panini is the leading sports card manufacturer, with popular NBA cards like National Treasure, Prizm, Donruss Optic, and Select. Best card packs to buy in 2023 include Panini Prizm, Panini Select, and National Treasures, offering various designs and limited edition cards.

What is the rare Shaquille O Neal rookie card? ›

Top Shaq rookie cards to invest in include the 1992 Upper Deck, 1992 Stadium Club, and 1992 Ultra. Prices can range from $20 to over $2,000, and while some cards have a high supply of PSA 10s, others are much rarer.

What is the most valuable Michael Jordan card? ›

Most Valuable Basketball Cards of Michael Jordan
  • 1984 Star #101 Michael Jordan BGS 8.5.
  • 1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan SGC 10.
  • 1986 Fleer Stickers #8 Michael Jordan PSA 10.
  • 1996 SPx #8 Michael Jordan PSA 8.
  • 1988 Fleer Stickers #7 Michael Jordan PSA 10.
  • 1984 Star #288 Michael Jordan BGS 9.
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How to sell NBA Hoops cards? ›

Online marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist are both places you can sell your basketball cards. By selling your cards online, you get to decide how much you want to charge for them. Just make sure the price you're asking for is reasonable or you may not get any buyers.

What sports card sold for the most money? ›

While Honus Wagner's card is generally seen as the holy grail for baseball card fans, it's Mantle's rookie that takes the top spot. On August 28 of 2022, a Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps Card sold for $12.6 million to an anonymous buyer.

How much is a Michael Jordan rookie card worth? ›

On March 26th of 2020, just weeks after COVID lockdowns began in the United States, a PSA 10 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card sold for $45,100 on eBay. A few weeks later, on April 19th, The Last Dance premiered to an audience of 6.3 million people. The next time a PSA 10 sold was on May 7th.

How do I look up the value of sports cards? ›

To find the value of sports cards, there is no better source than eBay. eBay will show you exactly what a particular card in a variety of conditions has recently sold for.

What is the most valuable card in the 1991 Upper Deck? ›

1991 Upper Deck #SP1 Michael Jordan.

How to find valuable sports trading cards? ›

Head to PSAcard.com/auctionprices and search for your card. The more refined the query, the more accurate the results. It is best to include the year, manufacturer and subject of your card in your search. If you include the card number, expect All-Star results.

What are the junk era basketball cards? ›

What counts as junk wax cards? Hobby experts don't completely agree on the definition of junk wax. But generally, the years given are 1986-1993. That was a period where it seemed everyone was collecting and keeping all their cards.

Are any basketball cards from the 90s worth anything? ›

The 1990s saw a host of famous players make their debuts and play in their rookie years making the cards very valuable to collectors. The 1997-98 Kobe Bryant Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Card #81 was sold recently in a private sale for $2,000,000, making it the most valuable 1990s basketball card to date.

Which LeBron rookie cards are worth money? ›

Most Valuable Basketball Cards of LeBron James
  • 2003 Topps Chrome Refractors Black #111 LeBron James /500 PSA 10.
  • 2003 Topps Chrome #111 LeBron James BGS 10 black label.
  • 2003 Bazooka Gold #276 LeBron James PSA 10.
  • 2003 Topps Chrome Refractors #111 LeBron James PSA 10.
  • 2003 Topps Contemporary Collection #1 LeBron James PSA 10.

What is the rare LeBron James basketball card? ›

The most expensive Lebron James basketball card was a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Gold rookie Parallel Card for $5 million. In this basketball card, there are jersey patches from all of his team's previous stops, including patches on the Cleveland, Miami, and Los Angeles jerseys.

Are Bo Jackson cards worth anything? ›

Overall about 1597 Cards of Bo Jackson have been traded in the last 30 days on ebay. The average price was $23.93. The price range was from $0.25 for 2022 Topps Archives 1988 Topps Big Foil #88B Bo Jackson by Topps Archives from 2022 to $828.0 for 1987 Classic Game #15 Bo Jackson PSA 10 by Classic Game from 1987.

How much are Ken Griffey Jr cards worth? ›

The average value of "Ken Griffey Jr." is $15.00. Sold comparables range in price from a low of $1.50 to a high of $8,750.00.

What apps tell you how much a basketball card is worth? ›

CollX uses millions of historical auction prices to calculate a card's average value. As you add cards to your collection, you'll see your overall portfolio value grow. Set conditions or grades on your cards and get more accurate prices.

What is the highest sold NBA rookie card? ›

A 1957 Topps Bill Russell rookie card sold for $660,000 in a private sale Thursday, setting a record for a card of the Boston Celtics great who died last year.

What LeBron James cards to invest in? ›

LeBron James Cards: Value and Sneaky Good Buys
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  • LeBron James 2008 Topps Chrome Refractor - $2040. ...
  • LeBron James 2003 eTopps Rookie PSA 10 - $1100. ...
  • LeBron James 2003-04 SP Authentics Rookie Auto BGS 9 - $13,200. ...
  • LeBron James 2020 Prizm Silver “Tribute” PSA 10 - $450.
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