1998-99 Upper Deck Game Jerseys – GJ43 – Vince Carter

1998-99-upper-deck-game-jerseys-gj43-vince-carter-frontPlacing It In Context:  A landmark 49-card insert set (numbered to 50 because #GJ38 simply doesn’t exist) from Upper Deck.  As anyone can guess, based on the name, there is a piece of jersey embedded in the card.  Best to think of this set’s structure in five groups of ten.  Card numbers 1-10, 21-30, and 41-50 were inserted 1:2500 retail and hobby packs.  Cards 11-20 and 31-40 were inserted 1:288 hobby packs.

The Card:  The most desirable of the 1998-99 Upper Deck Game Jerseys are the 23 hand-numbered and autographed Michael Jordan cards.  These should be considered a separate set because of their rarity and 1998-99-upper-deck-game-jerseys-gj43-vince-carter-backexclusivity.  After these, the #GJ43 Vince Carter is the most important of the set.  1998-99 is his rookie year as one can see from the “Rookie Jersey” title on the front of the card.  Whether the jersey piece was game-worn or not is ambiguous.  Information about the set often mentions that the jerseys are “Game-Used” 1)2001 Standard Catalog of Basketball Cards, page 277 and the set is called “Game Jerseys.”  But, as you can see from the back of the Vince Carter card, it says that the jersey was worn during a “1998/99 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.”  Safe to say it is not a game-worn jersey.   The card was once valued at $1800 in the 2001 Standard Catalog of Sports Cards and the value has certainly not declined.  Values fluctuate depending on grade and number of colors featured on the jersey, but expect to pay for this one.

In Short:  Great card, great investment!

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1. 2001 Standard Catalog of Basketball Cards, page 277

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