Collecting Michael Jordan memorabilia should, by it’s nature, also act as a record of history. Your collection should document the career of one of the greatest sportsmen of our time while at the same time providing you with an entertaining hobby.

One aspect of Jordan’s career that is easy to incorporate into your collection is his varying jersey numbers. Over his career as a sportsman Jordan wore four jersey numbers featured on cards: 23, 9, 45 and 12.

  • 23 – We all know this jersey number. It is a number that is now immortal due to Jordan’s influence on the sporting world. Almost all Jordan cards feature him wearing this number.Jordan wore the number 23 in each of the Laney High Bucs, North Carolina Tarheels, Chicago Bulls, Eastern Conference All-Stars and Washington Wizards.
    99 Michael Jordan Upper Deck Career High School

    99 Michael Jordan
    Upper Deck Career
    High School
    99 Michael Jordan Upper Deck Career High School

    99 Michael Jordan
    Upper Deck Career
    High School
    89 Michael Jordan College Card

    89 Michael Jordan
    College Card
    90 Michael Jordan College Card

    90 Michael Jordan
    College Card
    93-94 Michael Jordan Fleer Ultra Scoring Kings

    93-94 Michael Jordan
    Fleer Ultra
    Scoring Kings
    84-85 Star Co Michael Jordan XRC

    84-85 Michael Jordan
    Star Co XRC
    86-87 Michael Jordan Fleer Rookie Card

    86-87 Michael Jordan
    Fleer Rookie Card
    86-87 Michael Jordan Fleer Sticker

    86-87 Michael Jordan
    Fleer Sticker
    03-04 Michael Jordan Upper Deck Die Cut All-Star Buyback Autograph

    03-04 Michael Jordan
    Upper Deck Die Cut All-Star
    Buyback Autograph
    97-98 Michael Jordan Upper Deck Game Jerseys Autograph

    97-98 Michael Jordan
    Upper Deck Game Jerseys Autograph
    02-03 Michael Jordan Fleer Platinum Wizards

    02-03 Michael Jordan
    Fleer Platinum Wizards
  • 9 – As a member of the 1984 and 1992 US basketball olympic teams Jordan wore the number 9. Some say this was derived by adding 4 and 5 (45 was, Michael’s brother and idol, Larry Jordan’s jersey number). You can own a 1984 and a 1992 Jordan olympic card which features Jordan in this jersey.Jordan wore the number 9 solely as a member of the USA Olympic teams in 1984 and 1992.
    84 Michael Jordan USA Olympic

    84 Michael Jordan
    USA Olympic
    91-92 Michael Jordan Skybox USA Olympic

    91-92 Michael Jordan
    Skybox USA Olympic
  • 45 – Upon moving onto a short baseball career and then on returning to the NBA in 1994, Jordan wore the number 45. He wore this number until 1996 when he returned to his famous number 23. You can own the 95-96 Skybox N-Tense and 94-95 Topps Finest cards to add Jordan wearing this number to your collection.Jordan wore the number 45 in the Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team and briefly for the Chicago Bulls upon his return in the 1994-95 season.It should be noted that Jordan wore number 35 for the Scottsdale Scorpions also however I cannot find any cards featuring this as yet.
    94 Michael Jordan Classic Baseball Barons

    94 Michael Jordan
    Classic Baseball Barons
    94-95 Michael Jordan Topps Finest Refractor

    94-95 Michael Jordan
    Topps Finest Refractor
    94-95 Michael Jordan N-Tense Skybox Emotion

    94-95 Michael Jordan
    N-Tense Skybox Emotion
  • 12 – Jordan wore the number 12 in one game in 1990 while playing in the Chicago Bulls. His jersey was stolen from the locker room just before the game and he had to use 12 as a replacement. As luck would have it, 1990-91 Hoops set features a card for Sam Vincent from this game. Michael Jordan is looking for a rebound in the foreground wearing the number 12 jersey.
    90-91 Sam Vincent Hoops Michael Jordan Wearing Number 12 Jersey

    90-91 Sam Vincent Hoops
    Michael Jordan Wearing
    Number 12 Jersey

Good luck tracking down and adding some of the Jordan historic jersey number cards to your collection.