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You can bid on Michael Jordan’s expired AMEX card

Sep 14, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

Via ESPN's Darren Rovell Via ESPN's Darren Rovell

You know the memorabilia market for an athlete is out of control when…

Pretty soon, you’ll be able to bid on owning an expired Michael Jordan American Express card. To be fair, the card does have his signature on the back, which increases it’s value. Why did Jordan sign the card? In case someone stole the card and then tried to pretend they were Michael Jordan when buying an off-the-rack suit at Macy’s? I don’t see how that plan could backfire.

The card will be put up for auction by Goldin Auctions (hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie) and the starting bid is $1,000. But you can expect to pay a whole lot more than that if you want to own a piece of plastic with Michael Jordan’s name on it.

My question — how does Jordan only have a standard green AMEX card, the same as you or I? He should have the American Express Centurion Card — the legendary “black card” — that is the status symbol card for people where money is no object. The card you can buy an Aston Martin with. You’re telling my MJ just has the same card you and I can get, not the high roller one? Sure he does.

But you can get Jordan’s old AMEX. Of more interest might be the game-worn Jordan jersey from the ’95-96 Bulls season (the 72 win season). And if you win the bidding for that, put it on your American Express.

  1. money2long - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    so this is what our society has come to. it’s true what they man’s trash is another man’s treasure. in this instance, the treasure is plastic. there are fans and there are fanatics. each in my opinion are entitled to their level of devotion, even if they tread stalker-ish…actually, never mind the stalker part. but yea, i’m not the type to bid on something like this…or a tissue that your favorite celebrity crush blew their nose in..or an article of underwear. nah, not that type..i can admire to the pinnacle..but i dunno if i can bid for things on the level of expired credit cards. i mean, i can understand the premise here for those that DO want this. the idea that the athlete you adorn used this item, touched it frequently, held it in his wallet, traveled with it, has his name imprinted on it..i sorta get the idea these fans yearn for the feeling of closeness with their idol. or maybe simply put, they think it’s too cool not to have, plain and simple. i get it. but i just wont GET it.

    • braddavery - Sep 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Oh come on. This isn’t even close to a used tissue. It has his autograph on it for crying out loud.

  2. worldbfree4me - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Nothing to see here! Next Post please!!

  3. nysportsfan1 - Sep 15, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Well this is sad. Nothing but respect for mj but I mean a used card is not memorabilia. It is rubbish.

  4. alexb64 - Sep 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    A Rewards card at that. When I’m choosing my rewards it’s picking from stuff like Ipods, Nntendo DS & reduced airfare. With MJ’s it was probably “Which island would you like to own Mr. Jordan?”

  5. mcjon22 - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Come on, you’re telling me MJ Didn’t/Doesn’t have a black AMEX card or at least Platinum?

  6. phillyphannn83 - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    its the Michael Jordan pizza guy from the commercials hahaha

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