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AutoCentral
08-21-2009, 10:53 PM
My Pride and Joy-Contest Entry

By Arturo Cepero aka Autocentral

One day, I remember watching the television with my father and seeing for the first time Michael Jordan play for the first time. I remember asking him “Who is that you are watching?” he said to me “only the greatest player in basketball history”. I was only five years old at the time but I remember the moment vividly. Since that moment with my dad Michael Jordan was my favorite player and would watch him every time they put a game on TV.

On my seventh birthday my father gave me five cards of Michael Jordan with a jersey of him. It was to me one of the best birthdays ever, because it opened me to the hobby of collecting cards. Since my seventh birthday I have been collecting cards and more importantly Michael Jordan cards. By age ten I had over 120 Jordan cards, but not his Fleer 1986-1987 Rookie Card. The next year I went to a card show in Tampa with my brother and saw a vendor selling a Michael Jordan rookie card, I asked the vendor how much he was selling the card for and he told me “200 dollars”. I was only a kid, I didn’t have that kind of money, but that day I vowed that in the future I would own that card.

Since that day at the card show I saved every penny I got for the Jordan Rookie. I did everything I could wash cars, do dishes, wash clothes, to earn my weekly five dollars from my parents. By the time I had enough money to buy the card, it had jumped in value and selling at 350 dollars. So I continued doing the same thing to earn the extra money. Finally by age 13 I had enough money and more to buy the card. It took two years of saving but finally I had enough money to buy the card.

The three days after I found out I had enough money, I went to my local card shop. The card shop owner was one of my dad’s closest friends and had one of the best vintage collections of football and basketball I have seen ever. He had around five Fleer 1986-1987 Jordan Rookie for sale. I bought my Jordan Rookie from him for 335 dollars, and in my opinion was the best purchase I ever made. Everyday I would kiss my card in the morning and at night before bed. I would carry the card everywhere with me. It would never leave my sight, no matter where I went.

When I turned 15, I had the card for over two years and learned that you can grade cards. I sent my card to be graded and it received a PSA 9, which I was very happy with, but I thought I had a perfect gem at the time. By age 16 the card had doubled in value, a PSA 9 was very hard to come across at the time. I’m currently 19 years of age and I got the best new of my life a couple of months ago. I sent my card to be regarded by PSA and it received a PSA 10. It is and has always been my favorite card. I believe this card will never leave my possession, no matter if I’m in debt. I think that is what collecting is all about being able to get the card you want no matter how good or bad it is. If you put your mind to anything you can achieve it. That is why I love this hobby and this is my story of my favorite card, the Michael Jordan Fleer 1986-1987 Card #57 Rookie, which is my pride and joy and has been for over six years.

GilbertArenas0
08-21-2009, 10:58 PM
Very nice article, that's how I got into basketball as well!

AutoCentral
08-21-2009, 11:13 PM
Very nice article, that's how I got into basketball as well!

Thanks for the comment...took me some time to write the article...

Glebe
08-21-2009, 11:19 PM
Nice article would love to see the card

AutoCentral
08-21-2009, 11:30 PM
Will post scan if I have time, but its just like any other PSA 10. Thanks for the comment man.

sports collector
08-22-2009, 12:42 AM
You are a rarity keeping a card that is fetching $75000 plus on the bay...

great story

AutoCentral
08-22-2009, 12:46 AM
Man it means so much to me, also the guy that sold me the Jordan ended up having 1 PSA 10 Jordan Rookie...and 3 PSA 9s....

sports collector
08-22-2009, 12:50 AM
I bet he only kept one if that...

AutoCentral
08-22-2009, 01:01 AM
He might have sold it, I have been away for College like two years now...

sports collector
08-22-2009, 01:34 AM
With the economy and a lot of those card shops I bet he sold atleast one...That PSA 10 would get him out of debt (if he was in debt, I have no clue) and some mad money.

PSA 9's go for a little more than pocket change anyway...

AutoCentral
08-22-2009, 02:05 AM
thanks for all the comments guys...

Pheebs888
08-28-2009, 09:42 AM
My Pride and Joy

By Arturo Cepero aka Autocentral

One day, I remember watching the television with my father and seeing Michael Jordan play for the first time. I remember asking him “Who is that you are watching?” he said to me “Only the greatest player in basketball history”. I was only five years old at the time but I remember the moment vividly. Since that moment with my dad Michael Jordan has been my favorite player and would watch him every time they put a game on TV.

On my seventh birthday, my father gave me five cards of Michael Jordan with a jersey of him. It was to me one of the best birthdays ever, because it opened me to the hobby of collecting cards. Since that day I have been collecting cards and more importantly Michael Jordan cards. By age ten I had over 120 Jordan cards, but not his Fleer 1986-1987 Rookie Card. The next year I went to a card show in Tampa with my brother and saw a vendor selling a Michael Jordan rookie card, I asked the vendor how much he was selling the card for and he told me “200 dollars”. I was only a kid, I didn’t have that kind of money, but that day I vowed that in the future I would own that card.

Since that day at the card show I saved every penny I got for the Jordan Rookie. I did everything I could; wash cars, do dishes and wash clothes to earn my weekly five dollars from my parents. By the time I had enough money to buy the card, it had jumped in value and was selling at 350 dollars. So I continued doing the same thing to earn the extra money. Finally by age 13 I had enough money and more to buy the card. It took two years of saving but finally I had enough money to buy the card.

Three days after I found out I had enough money, I went to my local card shop. The card shop owner was one of my dad’s closest friends and had one of the best vintage collections of football and basketball I have seen ever. He had around five Fleer 1986-1987 Jordan Rookie for sale. I bought my Jordan Rookie from him for 335 dollars, and in my opinion, it was the best purchase I ever made. Everyday I would kiss my card in the morning and at night before bed. I would carry the card everywhere with me. It would never leave my sight, no matter where I went.

When I turned 15, having had the card for over two years, I learned that you could grade cards. I sent my card to be graded and it received a PSA 9, which I was very happy with, but I thought I had a perfect gem at the time. By age 16 the card had doubled in value, a PSA 9 was very hard to come across at the time. I’m currently 19 years of age and I got the best news of my life a couple of months ago. I sent my card to be regarded by PSA and it received a PSA 10. It is and has always been my favorite card. I believe this card will never leave my possession, even if I’m in debt. I think that is what collecting is all about being able to get the card you want no matter how good or bad it is. If you put your mind to anything you can achieve it. That is why I love this hobby and this is my story of my favorite card, the Michael Jordan Fleer 1986-1987 Card #57 Rookie, which is my pride and joy and has been for over six years.

Pheebs888
08-28-2009, 09:54 AM
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