1986 Star Best Of The Best Set

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Fast Facts

Year(s) Issued: 1990+
Number Cards:  15
Common Card Value (EX Condition): $6
Estimated Production Run: 1400+ (not confirmed)

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Keys For Collectors

  • Although the cards say '1986' the cards were not released until 1990 and beyond and it is still unknown as to when they were printed
  • The cards were printed on the same sheet as the 'Magic Johnson' subset
  • They only were released to the hobby following a sale by Robert Levin to Schonco in 1990
  • The cards were not issued in a poly bag, given that they were sheet cut
  • While the Jordan still has good value, the set is not as sought after, due to its peculiar release
  • Note that Beckett (BGS) will not grade the the Best of The Best cards (or the Magic Johnson subset) unless from Schonco. 

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1986 Star Best Of The Best Set - Summary 

One of the less desired sets for Star collectors, although the Jordan card from the set is still worth a good amount of money.  The story for the cards is this; in 1990 when Robert Levin sold his Star collection to Schonco, he included a lot of uncut sheets that included Best of the Best and a Magic Johnson subset.  

It is unknown however as to when Levin and Star actually printed these cards.  Was it 1986 as the year notation on the cards states?  Or was it 1990, when the cards actually starting getting released into the hobby?  Star said that the original intentions were only to print 1400 copies of the set, but no one really knows if that number is true or not. 

The one thing I also find a bit peculiar about the set, is that the front text on the front of the card differs from all other Star sets.  Why is this?  Maybe because Levin used a different printer than used during the original 83-86 run?  I can't confirm this, but it might be a reason why. 

The Jordan card from the set uses the same image from the 1986 'Best Of The New' subset.

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1986 Star Best Of The Best Set  - Checklist

1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers
2 Charles Barkley Philadelphia 76ers
3 Larry Bird Boston Celtics
4 Tom Chambers Seattle SuperSonics
5 Terry Cummings Milwaukee Bucks
6 Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers
7 Patrick Ewing New York Knicks
8 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers
9 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
10 Moses Malone Philadelphia 76ers
11 Akeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
12 John Stockton Utah Jazz
13 Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons
14 Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks
 15 James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

Most Watched 1986 Star Best Of The Best on eBay

Most Watched 1986 Star Best Of The Best on eBay