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Press Release - March 17, 2005
Michael Jordan Game Worn Uniform to be Offered by Heritage!
Dallas, Texas: Heritage Sports Collectibles (HSC) will offer a Chicago Bulls uniform, game worn by legendary basketball star Michael Jordanduring his breakthrough 1987-88 season, in their upcoming Signature auction to be held May 14 at their Dallas, Texas headquarters.
"I don't think anybody needs to make a case for Jordan's relevance to the game of basketball," joked Chris Ivy, Director of HSC. "Clearly the three or four people on earth who don't understand this already will not be among those in the hunt for this piece when the bidding starts. It does bear noting, however, that the jersey dates from a particularly significant era, a defining one, in Jordan's career. The 1987-88 season was really the one that caused the basketball world to realize that Jordan wasn't just a pretty good player. It became clear that he very well could be a legend in the making."
"The facts bear this out pretty convincingly," agreed Jonathan Scheier, HSC Consignment Director. "First team All-NBA for a second consecutive year, League Most Valuable Player, and Defensive Player of the Year. And he got the Bulls out of the Round One of the playoffs for the first time since his arrival in Chicago. He even won the Slam Dunk Competition that year, and it's worth mentioning that Mike was wearing his red jersey when he won that contest with his incredible leap from the foul line."
Scheier points to the condition of the uniform as lending credence to this theory, and Ivy quickly agreed. "Frankly, I've never seen such tremendous wear on a modern NBA gamer, much less a Jordan. I don't know if he saw this as a lucky uniform or if he just wasn't issued many that season, but there's no question that he wore it very, very often."
In addition, Ivy stated "This uniform was given to our consignor from a friend, Billy McKinney, then-Bulls VP of Basketball Operations. We've got the letter from McKinney that accompanied the jersey when it was mailed, stating that he'd finally rounded up a Jordan jersey for the gentleman, and with the shorts as well. The combination of such airtight provenance and tremendous, relevant use has to make this one of the most desirable Jordan uniforms to ever be offered at auction."
HSC specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, as well as uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Consignments for future Signature Sports Auction are currently being accepted. Prospective consignors or sellers of quality vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia are encouraged to contact:Chris Ivy at 800-872-6467 Ext. 319 or email: CIvy@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com.
Sam Foose at 800-872-6467 Ext. 227 or email: SamF@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com.
Stephen Carlisle at 800-872-6467 Ext. 292 or email: StephenC@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com.
Jonathan Scheier at 800-872-6467 Ext. 314 or email JonathanS@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com.
To order the next Heritage Sports Collectibles Signature catalog, contact Nicole Jewell, c/o Heritage Sports Collectibles, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219.