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“One of the most significant items from Michael Jordan's career” — MJ-worn Chicago Bulls NBA Finals jersey could go for $5 million at auction

Jordan and the Bulls lost to Utah that night, but considering the significance of that particular series in basketball history, the number will surely be high.
Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

For obvious reasons, Michael Jordan memorabilia often steal the show during auctions, and the same thing is bound to happen next month.

According to Sotheby’s, the Chicago Bulls jersey Jordan wore in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals will be auctioned, and bidding will open from September 6 to September 14, per CNN.

The hype is real

Most NBA fans know how meaningful the 1997/98 season was as it was Jordan’s final campaign with the Bulls. And the auction house also acknowledges it, billing the jersey as “one of the most significant items from Michael Jordan’s career.

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The 1997-1998 season is perhaps one of the most popular among Jordan fans, as Michael was reaching the height of his abilities while simultaneously pursuing what he understood would be his last chance at an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls,” Sotheby’s executive Brahm Wachter explained. “The season itself is his ‘magnum opus’ as an athlete, and a testament to him as a champion and competitor. Finals jerseys from Jordan are remarkably scant, and the 1997-1998 Finals are arguably the most coveted of them all.

Jordan’s final season with the Bulls was brought back to prominence by ESPN’s docu-series “The Last Dance.” Indeed, the impact of the sports documentary added hype to the said jersey, and numbers back it up. So how much the auction house predicts it to sell? A staggering estimate of “$3 million to $5 million.”

MJ wore the jersey on June 3, 1998, during a championship game against the Utah Jazz where he logged 33 points in 45 minutes. Jordan and the Bulls lost to Utah that night, but considering the significance of that particular series in basketball history, the number will surely be high.

The Last Dance was a massive success

Some would think that as much as they recognize how massive of a success “The Last Dance” was, $5 million is still a bit too much for a jersey. Perhaps delving into a few reports could help them better understand where this phenomenon is coming from.

For starters, Jordan is said to have made about $4 million from the famous documentary, and “around 5.6 million viewers tuned in per episode”. On top of that, the ten episodes of “The Last Dance” accumulated a whopping total of “24 million global viewers in a month for Netflix.” How’s that for success, right?

Still, splurging millions on a basketball jersey is absolutely outlandish. But we should consider that for some, a Jordan-worn one is a priceless possession.


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