If anyone out there thinks NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is old news, keep in mind that one of his Olympics jerseys is up for auction, and the starting bid is a whopping $10,000.
The 1984 Team USA basketball jersey (worn in the ‘84 Olympics held in Los Angeles) is considered the star attraction of a sports auction that includes memorabilia from such figures as Stephen Curry, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Brett Favre.
Bidding starts June 2 and runs through June 21, via www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com.
So why so much for the jersey?
Well, for starters, it’s Michael Jordan, for gosh sakes!
But equally important is the fact that the 1984 Olympic games were “the platform through which Jordan would be introduced to basketball fans worldwide,” say organizers of the auction.
The Web site for Grey Flannel Auctions, based in Arizona, goes on to say the “museum-qualify piece stands alone as the only photo-matched Jordan Olympics jersey known to exist.”
The ‘84 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team took home the gold medal during the Summer Olympics located in Los Angeles, California. It continues to be considered one of the strongest in U. S. history.
Grey Flannel Auctions doesn’t supply an estimated value for the Jordan jersey, but Jordan memorabilia has a reputation for earning high prices. An autographed 1992 Olympics Jersey worn by Jordan reportedly went for $38,178 in 2007, according to Complex.com.
Fans of another Charlottean, Stephen Curry, might be impressed to learn the starting bid is $2,500 for the sneakers he wore April 16th, 2016 in a 104-78 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals. Curry scored 24 points.
The shoes are inscribed, with “I can do all things…” and “Romans 8:28,” written in silver marker, says the Web site.
A 2015 Golden State Warriors game-used jersey worn by Curry is also up for auction, with a starting bid of $5,000. It’s autographed, too.