Michael Jordan‘s real-life jersey from his last NBA Finals game — also known as “The Last Dance” season — is going up for sale, and it’s estimated to sell for more than $3 million. The Chicago Bulls superstar was wearing the red jersey when he scored 33 points against the Utah Jazz on June 3, 1998. Despite the Bulls’ loss, they went on to win the series 4-2, scoring Michael Jordan his sixth NBA championship and sixth finals MVP award.
Sotheby’s Auction House said,
“For a host of reasons, NBA Finals jerseys are incredibly scant from Jordan and as such they are regarded with the highest levels of importance in the collecting community. … Jordan Finals jerseys represent the apex of importance in terms of sports relics, a seldom seen but highly desired artifact from the zeniths of Jordan’s career.”
In a statement, the firm said the winning game worn jersey is one of the most sought-after collectors items. According to Sotheby’s Auction House,
“Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals Game 1 jersey is among the most highly desired pieces of sports memorabilia, and the present example is one of just two Finals jerseys to ever appear at auction, from any of his six championships.”
In addition to the jersey, a photo-matching certificate for the apparel piece’s use in the game is included, provided by The MeiGray Group. It also includes a graded issue of Sports Illustrated from June 1998, which has a cover with this jersey on it.
This wouldn’t be the first time a Jordan product went up for big bucks. As previously reported, a special one-of-one trading card with Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James was put up for auction in July, with a starting bid of $750,000.