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Lelands 2023 Summer Classic Auction


A Michael Jordan 1984 NBA Debut PSA Type I Photo Sells for $141k and a Pele Rookie Card Fetches $168k in the Lelands 2023 Summer Classic Auction

New York, NY, August 7, 2023 – A Michael Jordan 1984 NBA debut PSA Type I photo netted $141,954 and one of the top-graded and most exceptional Pele rookie cards in existence garnered $168,958 in the Lelands Summer Classic Auction, which closed on August 5.

The sold type 1 photograph of Jordan from his first professional regular season game – October 26, 1984, at Chicago Stadium, against the Washington Bullets – shows Jordan dribbling up court, with his tongue starting to stick out, already his trademark. The 8x10” black and white photo, which comes with a PSA LOA, was taken for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The 1958 Alifabolaget #635 Pele Rookie Brazil National Team card sold here has been graded and encapsulated by PSA NM+ 7.5. Pele’s rookie card was issued when, as a 17-year-old phenom, he led Brazil to the World Cup title that year. According to the PSA population report, a total of 120 Pele rookie cards have been graded with only 15 attaining a higher grade.

The auction also featured a newly discovered PSA EX-MT 6 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle ($159,312), a 1989 Joe Montana 49ers signed game-worn photo-matched jersey ($107,828), and a 1954 Hank Aaron Major League debut ticket stub PSA EX5 – Pop 1 of 2 highest graded – ($42,672).

Additional highlights included a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series Championship staff ring ($36,210), one of the finest known Thurman Munson single-signed baseballs – graded PSA 8.5 overall – ($34,122), and a 1788 George Washington signed and hand-addressed free frank envelope to James Madison regarding Virginia’s ratification of the Constitution ($24,604).

For the full results of the Lelands 2023 Summer Classic Auction, visit



Established in 1985, Lelands is the world’s first sports memorabilia and card auction house, and the premier appraisers and authenticators in the entire sports hobby. Its founder, the late Josh Leland Evans, was a pioneer in the field and acknowledged by his peers as the most knowledgeable figure in sports memorabilia. Renowned in his own right, Evans’s long-time partner Michael Heffner continues Lelands’ four decade tradition of personal customer service and maximizing results for clients. Lelands has handled many of the largest landmark auctions, achieving world-record prices for countless cards and iconic memorabilia including a Tom Brady rookie card ($3.1 million), Babe Ruth's 1927 Yankees World Series ring ($2.09 million), Ruth’s 1919 "Curse of the Bambino" signed contract ($2.3 million), and a 1920 Ruth Yankees jersey ($4.5 million). For more information, visit


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