Thousands of jerseys wind up in sports memorabilia auctions each year, many of which are labeled "game worn". Here’s some painful evidence that a little research goes a long way toward determining whether that’s fact or fiction.
It looked like a Michael Jordan 1992 Team USA Olympic basketball jersey. For years it had been represented as such. It even came directly from Jordan, originally to raise money for charity.
Not everything, however, is as it seems. After residing in a couple of different homes, and once selling for $60,000, the jersey was consigned to Robert Edward Auctions’ spring 2008 sale. Just to be sure, REA had it looked at by a major memorabilia authenticator which dug into the photo archives from the summer of ’92.
The end result? Yes, it was a nice looking jersey…that never saw the floor in Barcelona. The entire saga is explained in detail on the REA blog.