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Michael Jordan jersey auctioned for $1.38 million

The jersey dates back to the 1982-83 season at the University of North Carolina
Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan.
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Prabhjeet Singh Sethi   |   Published 09.05.21, 05:19 PM

Basketball legend Michael Jordan retired in 1993, but his fan following is still scoring high. The fact that his 39-year-old game-worn jersey has been auctioned for a whopping price is proof. 

Jordan’s jersey from the 1982-83 season at the University of North Carolina was sold at 1.38 million US dollars at an auction, Heritage Auctions said in a statement on Saturday.

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Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at Heritage, said, “We're extremely proud to have shattered records for a Jordan game-worn jersey.”

Why is the jersey so special?

Jordan wore the blue-and-white jersey while featuring on the cover of the Sporting News magazine in 1983, while being declared the National Collegiate Athletic Association player of the year. The same jersey was auctioned for $63,500 in 1999, and Heritage Auctions had expected it to go for more at the Spring Sports Catalog Auction.

This certainly is not the only Jordan apparel that has had people shelling out a lot of money. Jordan's 1986-87 season Chicago Bulls kit was sold for as much as $480000. After all, he was the National Basketball Association’s leading scorer in the 1986-87 season. Jordan had won the NBA league six times with the Bulls.

Here are some Michael Jordan jersey facts:

  1. He usually wore the number 23 jersey. But, in 1990, in a game against Orlando Magic, he wore number 12 on his back as his regular match jersey was stolen.
  2. Jordan’s jersey has been retired at Miami Heat, even though he never played a single game for the franchise.
  3. He preferred wearing Adidas and Converse over Nike.


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