Michael Jordan’s 1997-98 campaign with the Chicago Bulls is arguably the most documented season in sports history, and there’s even been a smash hit docu-series — Netflix’s The Last Dance — to prove it. The lore that clouds MJ’s last noteworthy season is virtually unprecedented, and fans of the game can fully embrace it with a game-worn jersey and neighboring basketball card now up for auction.
While the iconic 1998 NBA Finals feature one of basketball’s most memorable moments of all time (which just so happened to occur in the most viewed Finals game of all time), this jersey wasn’t the one Jordan donned upon hitting his somewhat controversial championship-winning shot over Bryon Russell. Instead, this example was worn in game 1 of His Airness’s last Finals appearance, where he played a whopping 45 minutes and scored a game-high 33 points, only to lose to the Utah Jazz, led by the vengeful duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone.
Regardless of how this first game played out, everyone knows how the series ended, which makes this game-worn piece of gear one of the most coveted Jordan-based auctions to date. A standard NBA Finals-worn jersey is rare enough already, so it’s easy to imagine just how big of a deal one worn by Michael Jordan would be. The 6-time champ even donated one from the 1996 series to the Smithsonian alongside $5 million — at this point, it’s fair to question which is worth more.
Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ was a pivotal turning point in the world of sports, with relics like this simply serving as a partial showcase of it. The lot is estimated to sell between $3 million and $5 million, proving that MJ’s equipment might be as valuable to fans as he was to the league itself. Bidding will begin on September 6 via Sotheby’s.
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