Legendary NBA player Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey from the 1997-97 NBA playoffs, was sold for $168,000, through Goldin Auctions, Chicago Tribune reported.
A Goldin Auctions spokesperson said the autographed, size 50 jersey had a opening bid of $25,000 and jumped from $80,000 to $168,000 in the span of three minutes.
This is not the first time Jordan’s old jerseys get sold for a huge sum of money. In 2015, a a #23 jersey he wore in his last regular season game in 1998 was sold at auction for a record $173,240, CNBC reported.
The size-50, Nike-label, signed, white jersey was worn by Jordan April 18, 1998. In that game, Jordan scored 44 points in a 111-109 come-from-behind victory over the NY Knicks.
“Out of all modern athletes (post 1980), Jordan is the No. 1-selling athlete in the collectibles market,” said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions.
The purchase at the auction included a letter of authenticity from the Chicago Bulls and Upper Deck, which verified the signature. The item received 26 bids total.
Goldin said the previous record for any type of Michael Jordan collectible was $105,000 for a pair of the player’s size-13, game-worn sneakers, used in the 1997 NBA Finals when Jordan famously played with the flu against the Utah Jazz.
Jordan played in total 1072 NBA games (1039 started), averaging 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg in 38.3 minutes per contest. He was a 14-time NBA All-Star, and a 6-time the NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls.
Jordan led the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons and tied Wilt Chamberlain’s record of seven consecutive scoring titles. He was also a fixture on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, making the roster nine times. Many of Jordan’s contemporaries label Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time.
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