The only known jersey worn by Michael Jordan in the 1982-83 North Carolina championship season goes up for auction where it is expected to sell for $ 1 million or more.
The # 23 “Caroline Blue”, white-trimmed jersey is one of the centerpieces of Heritage Auctions’ May 6-8 Spring Sports Catalog.
The company claims the photos match the jersey Jordan wears on the cover of Sports news problem that proclaimed him NCAA Player of the Year.
It would be the first of countless accolades to follow this victorious season, made possible when Jordan hit this rider with 17 seconds remaining to secure his Tar Heels the historic victory over Georgetown. That’s when “Mike Jordan” became Michael Jordan – the very moment Jordan later told longtime basketball reporter Craig Sager, “who started my career.”
The history of the jersey dates back to an exchange between team managers when Jordan and the Tarheels competed in the Stanford Invitational tournament at the Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif.
In December of the same year, a high school student named Chris Williamson was chosen to become the director of the visiting team for the Cardinal’s games. It was his job to make sure visitors had clean towels and plenty of water and snacks or whatever they needed.
As his lifelong friend Steven Cauchi tells the story, after the game Williamson pledged the trade of his life, trading Stanford gear for some of the Tar Heels jerseys, shorts and socks, including Sam’s shorts. Perkins.
“He showed me the stuff on the way home from the game, and that’s when I saw he got the Michael Jordan shirt.” remembers Cauchi. “The jersey was still wet with sweat. I made the comment to Chris that maybe if he rubbed a little Michael Jordan’s sweat on his shoes, maybe he could jump like Michael Jordan.
In his senior yearbook, Williamson celebrated his great victory. In the text posted under his class photo, he wrote: “Thank you mom and dad. Thank you Aurore. Hey Michael, where’s your jersey? The jersey made its auction debut 16 years later, in which Stanford assistant coach Ron Close and Williamson’s sister confirmed the story. It sold at that 1999 auction for a record price of $ 63,500.
The jersey is actually one of more than 125 Jordan items in the May 6-8 auction, among which, of course, a PSA Gem Mint 10 1986 Fleer rookie card – the one that spent most of 2020 to make the headlines every time she hit the auction block. Others in the catalog include autographed cards from the 1984-85 Star Co. collection issued before the favorite Fleer, alongside other signed cards including the 1996 SPx card, rated PSA NM-MT 8, PSA / DNA Auto 10, which was Jordan’s first autograph card promotion.
Jordan signed items are a big part of the auction. In fact, there are 60 lots in the auction bearing his autograph. Collectors will find a signed ticket stub from the 1982 NCAA Finals, when Jordan and the Tar Heels defeated Patrick Ewing and Georgetown. And a copy of Jordan For the love of the game autographed book for her friend Whitney Houston, who gifted the late singer with the pair of Air Jordan V “Metallics” he wore in Game 3 of the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals. And there is a flyer for a promotion of the Mötley Crüe record store in 1987, on which Jordan left his name – and phone number (he was friends with the owner of Rolling Stones Records, outside of Chicago).
There is also a signed marker for a $ 200,000 line of credit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
The auction is slated to end over three nights, May 6-8, with auction for the jersey running through May 7.