You can jump and dunk, but do you have what it takes to own a piece of Michael Jordan’s legacy? It takes more than guts and determination; you also need a lot of money. Keep on reading at OKBet NBA for every detail about basketball trending.
The legendary Chicago Bulls player wore a scarlet-red away jersey during Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals and his final year with the team, Sotheby’s told The Post. The jersey will be sold in a single-lot sale next month. Also, the jersey from the famous “Last Dance” season is worth between $3 million and $5 million, according to an estimate.
The auction house states that almost any piece of Jordan memorabilia has value.
“Finals jerseys from Jordan just don’t come around,” Brahm Wachter, the head of streetwear and modern collectibles at Sotheby’s, told The Post. “Red is the color people think of when they think of Michael Jordan, and this is the only red Finals jersey set for auction.”
Wachter also said that this game-worn jersey “reaches the top level of the rarest collectibles” because Jordan wore it during the Finals instead of the regular season or the playoffs, and “that’s what drives the price.”
Sotheby’s says that this jersey is one of the most sought-after pieces of sports memorabilia. It is one of only two Finals tops from any of Jordan’s six championships sold at auction. It came from a private collector, like most Jordan’s Finals jerseys. In 2016, Jordan gave a white home shirt to the Smithsonian.
NBA title and sixth NBA Finals MVP Award
Jordan, now 59, wore this soon-to-be-sold jersey on June 3, 1998, when the Bulls played the Jazz in Utah and lost 88-85. Jordan was in the game for 45 minutes and helped send it into extra time. He scored 33 points in this jersey, which put him on track to win his sixth NBA title and sixth NBA Finals MVP Award.
The jersey on the front cover of Sports Illustrated after the Finals. If you watched ESPN’s popular 10-part documentary series “The Last Dance” in 2020. You might remember this jersey from the 10th episode.
The “Invictus Part 1” auction will take place on Sothebys.com from September 6 to 14. Before the sale, the jersey will see by the public for the first time since Jordan wore it on the court more than 20 years ago. It will first show in Monterey, California, from August 17 to 20. Then, from September 6 to 12, it will go to Sotheby’s in New York.
The sale also follows the auction of Diego Maradona’s Argentina jersey from the 1986 World Cup. When he scored the well-known “Hand of God” goal against England, for a record $9.3 million. Sotheby’s sold it at a London auction in May. It considered worth between $5 million and $7.5 million.
Wachter says that even though this Jordan jersey is worth less, it is still worth as much gold.
“I can’t think of something, he said. “That indicates more to a fan than this.” “You’re taking a real piece of history home with you.”
NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls
Brahm Wachter, head of streetwear and current collectibles at Sotheby’s, stated in a press release, “The 1997-1998 season is probably one of the most popular among Jordan fans because Michael was at the top of his game. It would be his last opportunity to win an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.”
The jersey first is shows to the public in Monterey, California. It will send the jersey to New York, where fans will also be able to see it during the online auction, which conducts from September 6-14.
Sotheby’s estimate is less than the $9.3 million soccer star Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” jersey sold for in May. Which the highest price ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia. However, it would be the highest price ever paid for a few Jordan memorabilia.
The French-Israeli telecom mogul Patrick Drahi bought the New York auction house in 2019 and has since sold a pair of Jordan’s shoes for nearly $1.5 million.
The former basketball player owns the Charlotte Hornets, a team based in North Carolina, where he grew up. He is also said to still make millions yearly in royalties from sales of Nike’s Air Jordan brand of shoes. OKBet also has a trusted sportsbook with the best gaming interface.