Magic Johnson & Larry Bird, The two players broke into the NBA in the 1980s and helped kick off what would be an unforgettable decade with their teams winning numerous titles. With all due respect to Michael Jordan who would lead the way in the 1990s, the 80s clearly belonged to Bird and Magic. The pair are forever linked not only because of their rivalry as players but because of their most important rookie card. The iconic 1980-81 Topps card which features both players along with Hall of Famer Julius Erving is one of the most special basketball cards on the planet — and collectors are willing to pay dearly for high-grade examples. The card had been soaring to new heights and last year, reached a new level.