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History of Air Jordan Retro Cards

April 9, 2013 BY / 4

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The deep stories and events that shadow every Air Jordan in history is what made the Retro such a booming success, and as far back as 1994, Nike made sure that we were reminded of the message behind each design. Since the first Air Jordan Retros in 1994 during MJ’s first retirement to all OG and Retro colorways that hit stores in the late 90’s and 2000’s, a tw0-sided post-card detailing a brief history of the shoe as well as an iconic flashback image of the times came included with the shoes; these cards have been referred to as Retro Cards, and while some may have not given them much though, some sneaker collectors did their best to gather them all. With the Air Jordan Retro Card making a surprising come-back with the upcoming Air Jordan VIII Retros and the possibility of more Retro Cards with future Retro releases, it’s about time we took a look back at every single Retro Card that Nike ever put out – from the first ones in 1994, to the latest ones that came accompanied with a Doernbecher release. Enjoy this throwback piece below and let us know which you’re missing from your set!

Air Jordan 1 – 1994, 2001-2004, and 2007.

The Retro Card dates back to 1994 when the Air Jordan 1 was among three Air Jordans to re-release that year. These Retro cards are larger than the ones we’ve come to know as they were nearly the size of the box lid.

A second version picturing the memorable playground photo was used in Retro releases between 2001 and 2004 as well as 2007.

Air Jordan II – 1994, 2004, and 2007

The Air Jordan II also featured the larger Retro Cards when this model was brought back in 1994.

A second version was utilized for the 2004 Retro releases.

A third version of the Air Jordan II Retro Card was included in the release of the Air Jordan II “Doernbecher”.

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Retro cards are nice now we need quality material


i miss getting the jordan cards with the shoes i still have some from my old j's now their bringing them back man that beings back memories


retro cards were once an important piece to retro releases, not to mention a TREAT. Im happy JB is returning to the fundamentals which we often reminisce of. Retro 88's featuring NIKE AIR branding and now retro cards?? Just a small step of returning to retro form but its a start.

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