Every week, it seems like there’s a new landmark sale in trading cards. Earlier this week, a Michael Jordan rookie card from the ‘86-87 Fleer Set set a record, selling for $150,000 at auction, while another seems poised to break that record mere days later.
Now, billionaire Steve Cohen’s Cohen Private Ventures, plus card collector Nat Turner and Dan Sundheim’s D1 Capital partners, just announced a $700m deal in which they’ll be taking grading company Collectors Universe private.
The Collectors Universe deal seems to suggest that these folks anticipate continued growth for the field -- not just for collectibles themselves, but also for the mechanisms that provide market legitimacy to this relatively new asset class.
The company itself, even before this announcement, said they’ve seen a big rise in authentication requests (and record backlogs) and will be increasing their operational capacity to meet demand.
Michael Jordan led one of the most mythic careers in sports history, and frankly, an architecture-sundering superdunk feels like a natural piece of the legendarium.
But when you zoom out, and focus on the boring, imagination-neutering laws of nature… how did this happen? Michael Jordan is an outlier athlete with boundless athleticism, but as far as measurables go, he was never that different from the many other shooting guards in his class, none of whom have a backboard to their name. So how did Jordan manage it? How is he the exception?
In honor of Otis’s upcoming ”Shattered Backboard” AJ1 drop, we asked Luke Winkie to dig into the science behind how (and why) this happened at all.
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