Mid-Summer Classic Auction 2013
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Few players were more instrumental in developing the style, pace and growing popularity of basketball than Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. The rivalry between this superstar duo is largely credited with propelling the NBA from a lackluster league in the late 1970s into the worldwide entertainment juggernaut it is today. Their inclusion together on this 1980-81 Topps issue makes for one of the most highly prized dual-Hall of Famer rookie cards of any sport from any era. Rounding out the trio of players is basketball legend Julius Erving, making this the ultimate trifecta of basketball revolutionaries.
Presented here is the one and only Pristine BVG 10 graded 1980-81 #34 Larry Bird Rookie/174 Julius Erving Scoring Leader/#139 Magic Johnson Rookie. In hobby circles, its singular status as the lone BVG 10 makes it the most valuable and coveted example of its kind. It is simply perfect in every aspect, including perfect corners, 50/50 centering (rare for the issue) and pack fresh surface gloss. Its coloring and photographic images are unimprovable. Both surfaces reveal not a single flaw. When you consider the historic combination of players represented, year of issue and singular condition rating, this card is the true embodiment of perfection.