It is no secret that Michael Jordan is one of the most iconic athletes in history. For most people. he is the greatest basketball player of all time. On October 26th, 1984, Jordan made his debut as a Chicago Bull, and tickets to that game are now worth a fortune. A pair of tickets to MJ's debut has been listed for auction by Bonhams and is expected to fetch $300,000!
An incredible piece of history
In late October of 1984, a lean 6-foot-6 guard from North Carolina stepped onto the floor of the Chicago Stadium for his first game as a member of the Bulls. Michael Jordan would go on to tally 16 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 2 steals in 40 minutes played that night in a 109-93 victory over the Washington Bullets. It was clear to everyone in attendance that something extraordinary had just happened.
Almost 36 years later, ticket stubs from that historic game are up for auction and expected to bring in a hefty sum. Bonhams, the world-renowned auction house, is handling the sale of the tickets and has listed them with a starting bid of $150,000. Given the current climate of the sports memorabilia market, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the tickets could sell for double that amount.
"By far the most desirable and rarest of tickets, is the iconic red and black box office ticket which was only available at the venue and features the Chicago Bulls logo and silhouette of Chicago Stadium. It's these tickets that truly evoke the image of the young Bulls prospect on the verge of superstardom. To find a pair of these red and black ticket stubs to this iconic game is exceptionally rare," read the website's listing.
A rare find
It is unsurprising that this piece of memorabilia is so valuable and rare. For one, it is a piece of history that documents the beginning of one of the most iconic careers in sports history. Secondly, Jordan memorabilia always holds a special place in collectors' hearts and trophy cases. Just recently, a game-worn jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals got auctioned off for an incredible $10 million!
With the current state of the world, it is hard to say what the future holds for the sports memorabilia market. However, one thing is sure: pieces like these will always be highly sought after by collectors and fans alike. So, if you have a pair of tickets to MJ's debut game hidden away in your attic, now might be the time to cash in!