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    Donated to charity raffle by Bulls coach Phil Jackson

    1991-92 Michael Jordan Game Worn Chicago Bulls Jersey with Berto Mourning Band, MEARS A10. Knute Rockne famously inspired his Notre Dame Fighting Irish to victory by imploring them to "Win one for the Gipper!," but, in Chicago, the team chased the Larry O'Brien Trophy to honor the memory of Sheri Berto, the longtime assistant to team owner Jerry Reinsdorf who had served as a surrogate mother for the team, treating the players not as million dollar thoroughbreds but rather as young men as susceptible to homesickness or heartbreak as any other. After Berto died suddenly as the result of a complication from routine surgery, the team honored her memory with black mourning bands worn at the left shoulder, just inches above their broken hearts.

    "She was the nicest lady in the world to me," said Stacey King, a power forward for the 1991-93 Championship teams who now works as a Bulls broadcaster. "She had the best heart and personality ever. When I came into Chicago as a rookie from Oklahoma as a 23-year-old not knowing anyone, she was like a mother to me and the rest of the young players. She was a warm and beautiful lady with a genuine heart, always willing to help when you needed her."

    In June 2015, sporting apparel manufacturer Mitchell & Ness released a replica of this garment under the title, "The Shrug," recalling the most famous moment featuring Jordan wearing this precise style. After sinking his sixth three-pointer in an offensive onslaught against the Portland Trailblazers, Jordan glanced over at Magic Johnson at the broadcast table and made the sheepish gesture as he jogged back on defense. Marv Albert made the call: "Did you see that look? Michael indicating he can't believe it!"

    To be clear, we are not suggesting that this is that jersey Jordan was wearing as he shrugged, only that it is that same memorable style, one of the most desirable of the full Jordan population. Even lacking that anecdote, it is a format that recalls the second of six NBA Championships and Finals MVP seasons, his third of five NBA MVP seasons, and his fifth of ten seasons as the league's leading scorer.

    Beyond the Berto band, the jersey is the instantly recognizable home white format, with screened "Bulls 23" on the chest and "Jordan 23" on reverse. Lower left front tail holds "Champion 46" and "Year 1991 Body Length +3" labels. Solid game wear is evident, and a black sharpie "Best Wishes, Michael Jordan" on front rates 9/10.

    A letter of provenance explains that the jersey entered the hobby on July 30, 1992, claimed as the winning prize for a raffle benefiting the Mercy Medical Foundation. It had been donated by legendary Bulls coach Phil Jackson as he returned to his North Dakota hometown for a speaking engagement. Jackson had stated that he personally picked the sweaty garment out of the Bulls laundry bin and personally sought out Jordan for his autograph. Included in the lot is a photocopy of the raffle ticket that identifies the prize. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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