NBA game worn jersey collectors prefer a winner. That may be the message from the results of this year’s NBA Finals jersey auction. Two nights after the Game One jerseys from the series between Miami and Oklahoma City were sold, a buyer paid $35,020 for LeBron James’ home white shirt bearing his number 6. That was almost $1,700 more than the winning bid for James’ Game One jersey. The Heat lost that opener, only to win the next four and earn the NBA title.
The NBA and MeiGray again conducted an online auction for the jerseys.
Interestingly, the James shirt was originally an ‘error’. Someone sewed the number ’46’ on it instead of his usual #6 but the mistake was caught before the jerseys were delivered to Miami for James’ use in the third game. He played 43 minutes that night and registered 29 points with 14 rebounds and 3 assists.
Kevin Durant may be an up and coming star, but his jersey didn’t come close to matching James in either auction. His Game 3 shirt sold for $12,020, nearly $3,700 less than the one he wore in the Thunder’s only Finals victory.
Dwyane Wade’s Game 3 jersey sold for $8,560, the Chris Bosh home model went for $5,320 and Russell Westbrook’s Thunder shirt from Game 3 went for $5,020.
No 4 is white Boston Garnett from 2008 at $31,070. No 5 is Gold Kobe from 2010 at $29,520.