CARD COLLECTOR HITS JORDAN JERSEY JACKPOT.Byline: Phil Davis
Sason Dardashti borrowed $3 from a friend, bought a pack of Michael Jordan This article is about the former basketball player. For other uses, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation).
Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. basketball cards and scored the collector's equivalent of a full-court shot - a rare card embedded with a piece of Jordan's jersey.
``I don't really like him, to tell you the truth, but I like his cards because they're valuable,'' the 12-year-old said.
It is worth close to $1,800, or even more if the trend continues for this Upper Deck trading card, which just a year ago was valued at $900, according to according to
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If the seventh-grader has his way, he will eventually sell the card. After all, he said he's a Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Lakers fan all the way and more into flashy players like Kobe Bryant Kobe Bean Bryant (born July 23 1978 and Dennis Rodman than the more ) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. sedate se·date
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When he bought the card, he said he had a good feeling he had made a good investment. ``I predicted it would be in there,'' he said.
His mother, Susan, smiled: ``This one, for sure, is going to be a businessman.''
Inserting pieces of sports memorabilia The term sports memorabilia usually refers to anything that can be directly connected to a sports event or personality. These items are generally gathered by fans of the particular sport, athlete or team that the item signifies or by collectors who find value in the rarity into cards - from game-worn jerseys to slivers of a Babe Ruth bat - is relatively new to the card collecting world. Unlike other cards that take decades to increase in value, if they increase at all, memorabilia cards are instantly hot. An Upper Deck baseball card with a piece of Ruth's bat in it is worth $2,000 to $3,000.
Had Sason's card been one of 23 jersey cards Jersey cards are baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and other sports collector cards that have a small piece of the featured player's (or players') jersey in the card. autographed by Jordan, it could net him up to $10,000 on the collector's market.
``It's instant gratification,'' said Rob Stenzel, an employee at Valley Baseball Card Shop in Tarzana, where Sason bought the jersey card. ``That's a big card as far as pulls we've had in our store.''
A ``pull'' is when the collector pulls a valuable card out of an ordinary pack.
The red Chicago Bulls The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. They play in the National Basketball Association. The team was founded in 1966, and has won six NBA Championships since. road jersey on Sason's card was worn by Jordan in the 1992-93 championship season, said Terry Melia, hobby media manager at Upper Deck. The trading card company bought the jersey at an auction for $26,000 in August 1998. Swatches of the jersey were put in cards and inserted into one of every 288 packs.
Upper Deck won't say how many cards have the coveted cov·et
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1. To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's). See Synonyms at envy.
2. To wish for longingly. See Synonyms at desire. jersey.
``Suffice to say, it's a rare pull for the kid,'' Melia said. ``This youngster basically paid $2.99 for a card that's worth close to $2,000. That's a pretty good return on his investment.''
Some collectors go a lifetime without pulling a big card. Sason has only been collecting for six months. His friend Daren Weintraub got him interested in collecting and loaned him the cash that netted the coveted card.
``He was happy for me,'' Sason said of his pal. ``I paid him back double.''
A few years ago, Sason might have had to settle for about $900 for the card, which lists for $1,800 in Beckett's, the Bible of card collecting. But an Internet collecting craze on sites like eBay means there are potentially millions of bidders for his card - and that drives up the price.
``There's a pretty strong market on eBay,'' Stenzel said. ``You've got the whole country going after it.''
So what will Sason do with all his cash?
``Dunno,'' he shrugs in classic teen-ager form. ``I'm not sure.''
PHOTO (1--Color) Sason Dardashti, 12, shows off the jewel of his card collection - a Michael Jordan card with a swatch of His Airness' game jersey.
(2) Upper Deck puts a Michael Jordan jersey card, worth around $1,800 to collectors, in every 288th $2.99 pack.
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