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1992 Michael Jordan Signed Game-Used Olympic "Dream Team" Jersey
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $38,187.50
Presented here is undoubtedly one of the finest Michael Jordan signed game-worn jerseys in existence, both with regard to its provenance and extraordinary historical significance. This jersey, which is graded a perfect A10 by MEARS, was worn by Jordan as a member of the legendary "Dream Team" that captured the Gold Medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, Spain. The jersey was originally purchased at a silent auction held during the September 23, 1995, Michael Jordan Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala and is accompanied by an LOA from the foundation. It was subsequently purchased by the collector who was at one time indisputably the world's foremost Michael Jordan collector. This collector, who operates www.air23.com to this day, has long since sold his collection, but he kept this jersey because it was the highlight of his once extraordinary collection. The white mesh jersey is lettered "USA Basketball" on the front and "Jordan" on the reverse. The number "9" appears on both the front and reverse. All letters and numbers have been applied by means of a heat-transfer process. The design of the front lettering is done in red and navy blue, while the name on the reverse is in solid red. All numerals are appliquéd in two-tone red on navy blue. A "Champion 46" label is situated on the left front tail, adjacent to which is a special Champion "USA Basketball" label that reads "Designed and Tailored Exclusively for 1992 Summer Olympic Games." An interior tag, located along the left side seam, denotes a "3 inch Extra Body Length." Jordan has signed the jersey in black marker ("7") along the area of the upper right chest. MEARS research indicates that this style jersey was worn by the 1992 Men's Olympic Basketball Team both in games against Argentina, Lithuania, and Canada, and in the Gold Medal game against Croatia. The jersey is all original, with no alterations, and displays light wear throughout. This is one of only two Michael Jordan white mesh 1992 Olympic jerseys in existence. The other example was sold in 1999 at a Ronald McDonald Charity auction and was later displayed in 2001 at the Museum of Science and Industry, located in Chicago, as part of a special Michael Jordan exhibit that ran from May through November of that year. Graded A10 by MEARS. To date, MEARS has evaluated twenty-eight Michael Jordan basketball garments. Of those twenty-eight garments, only three (including this jersey) have merited an authenticity grade of A10.
The 1992 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, nicknamed "The Dream Team," is considered by many to be the greatest team ever assembled, in any sport. In addition to Jordan, who is universally regarded as the finest player ever to set foot on the hardwood, the team's roster also boasted Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, and collegiate standout Christian Laettner. Never before, or since, has such an assemblage of basketball talent been brought together as a single unit and the formation of the team at the time became something of a cultural phenomenon. Perhaps coach Chuck Daly described the atmosphere surrounding the team best: "It was like Elvis and the Beatles put together. Traveling with the Dream Team was like traveling with twelve rock stars. That's all I can compare it to." The team, of course, dominated play during the Olympics, easily winning the Gold Medal while defeating their opponents by an average margin of forty-four points. Today, the success of the Dream Team is often credited with having had a drastic impact on the increasing popularity of basketball worldwide. Very few pro jerseys can compare with the offered garment in terms of its historical significance or cultural impact. It is truly a museum-quality piece that transcends the world of sport. Few basketball jerseys would be as worthy of display at the Basketball Hall of Fame or the Smithsonian Institute. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $38,187.50
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