Top 10 Early 90s Inserts

This post follows on from my previous post – Top 10 Michael Jordan cards from the late 90’s – to round at what I believe are the best Michael Jordan cards produced throughout what was certainly Jordan’s prime. During the 90’s Jordan, Pippen, Jackson and the Bulls sealed two three-peats and Jordan skyrocketed to fame worldwide.

So it’s no surprise that Jordan cards from this era are highly sought after and well respected collectors items. These are all cards I believe should be in every Jordan cards collection – after all shouldn’t you be documenting history in your collection?

The list also works well as a recommended list for those starting a new collection – they are all relatively easily found for sale and are not out of reach of most collectors.

The cards featured in my top 10 late 90’s inserts post where mostly extremely rare and accordingly extremely expensive items (some cards reaching $20k+). Conversely, the early 90’s saw very high production rates and minimal extreme rarity of the inserts of the late 90’s period. While this might sound disappointing – there are minimal super rarities – it means the top inserts of the early 90’s era are all cards within reach of all Jordan cards collectors.

I couldn’t limit my list to just 10 cards so lets kick off with five notable mentions.

Notable Mention Michael Jordan Cards – Early 90’s Inserts

Notable mention: 93-94 Michael Jordan Refractor

Manufactured by Topps Finest, card #1

First off in my list of notable mentions is THE original Michael Jordan Refractor. Topps released the first season of their ultimate premium product Topps Finest in 93-94 with the ground breaking parallel insert the refractors. For those who haven’t seen one in real life – check out my Michael Jordan Refractors post or better yet add the Jordan Refractor to your collection!

The refractor parallels would prove to be some of the most sought after basketball cards in history and this highly colourful original Jordan stands out beautifully in any collection.

Notable mention: 93-94 Michael Jordan Triple Double

Manufactured by Upper Deck, card #TD2

The Michael Jordan Triple Double is not a rare card but isn’t it a memorable piece for those who were searching packs of 93-94 Upper Deck back in the day?

Featuring the restrained, strong design typical of Upper Deck sets in the 90’s, this card shows Jordan shooting with his standard aggression alongside a very cool hologram effect.

This was one of the first Michael Jordan Hologram cards (along with the 92-93 Award Winners). It is readily available for sale online at reasonable prices so I highly recommend this card for any Jordan collection.

Notable mention: 93-94 Michael Jordan All Defensive

Manufactured by Fleer Ultra, card #2

I’m a big fan of the simple design of the 93-94 Michael Jordan All Defensive. It relies on a simple design and strong photo as opposed to bright colours and reflective foil common in other inserts of the 90’s. The design perfectly matching Jordan’s defensive skills as he flies high to take a rebound entirely unchallenged.

It was a card somewhat difficult to come by – in fact I never saw one before the days of the internet – however nowadays you can track them down occasionally available for sale online. It is also a card that seems quite resistant to edge and corner damage.

Notable mention: 94-95 Michael Jordan Refractor

Manufactured by Topps Finest, card #331

If your collection is documenting history then you must feature Jordan in his number 45 jersey.

What better way to do this than the stunning 94-95 Michael Jordan Refractor! As with all refractors, this card features the stunning highly reflective, refracting surface which has to been seen in person to be believed. I’ve featured a sample on an angle below to give you an idea of the effect.

Jordan only spent half a season in the number 45 jersey so cards in this jersey are limited – this is the perfect insert to fit this bill!

Notable mention: 93-94 Michael Jordan Behind the Glass

Manufactured by Upper Deck, card #G11

Upper Deck were masters of elegant, restrained designs in their 90’s sets and the Michael Jordan Behind the Glass is no exception.

This set was intended to give the viewer a backboard-eye’s view of each player flying for a dunk – a very cool idea.

The card features a deep-etched photo over a simple textured foil background. It is so easy to come by online and doesn’t cost much at all that this card is a great addition to your collection.

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