Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Michael Jordan Collection (Part 7): LDDS World Com Promo Phone Card

LDDS World Com Michael Jordan Promo Phone Card
I fancy myself to be a bit of Jordan collector. Although I haven't added an '85 Star Co. XRC or an Upper Deck Authenticated piece to my collection yet, I was able to secure this ultra rare LDDS World Com phone card. LDDS World Com famously filed for bankruptcy in 2002, which was the largest bankruptcy protection filing in U.S. history up to that point, but enough of that boring background info.

As for the phone card. World Com needed a spokesmen for their new marketing program in the mid 90's. During the 90's, there really wasn't a better spokesman than Michael Jordan. He helped Nike get to the top of the sports apparel mountain and I'm sure World Com had hoped Jordan would bring World Com to the top of the telecommunications industry. To celebrate the new partnership with Jordan, World Com released a number of long distance phone cards. Here's a link to some of the phone cards World Com released (click here). These were prepaid cards you could pickup at most local gas stations, grocery stores and big box discount stores like Target and Walmart. The above phone card is a bit more rare.

Unfortunately, I don't know the exact print run of the promo World Com phone card featured in this post. I do know that I've only seen two of them in the past four years that I've been looking. One was a Buy Now auction on eBay that was too rich for my blood, but the other is above in this post. Aside from the pieces of dust on the scan, this item is perfect. It actually looks like glass because of the coating on the surface of the plastic card. I'd like to find more information on the item, but for now, keeping it on my home desk to admire will have to do.

Happy collecting and… "Enjoy Every Bounce of the Ball".

12 comments:

  1. That's pretty cool. I never really thought of phone cards as collectible, but why not? They fit right into a page along with my other cards!

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  2. Yeah, they are usually the size of a credit card or a little bigger. It's like a sweet acetate card.

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  3. There is a card exactly like yours on ebay right now about to end I think. I just found a card that features Michael Jordan wearing a suit holding a "world" basketball.

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  4. I have this exact same card and would be willing to sell it.

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  5. I have a 1997 Michael Jordon LDDS World com 10 minute phone card. Any idea what it is worth?

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  6. There's an auction on eBay for one of these calling cards right now:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160705569524?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

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  9. I have one of these anyone know whay they are worth? I cant find any info on them!! Mine is in perfect condition never had the number scratched off the back

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  10. What is this card worth today?

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  12. Do anyone knw wht this card is worth

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