The jersey worn by Michael Jordan in his last regular season game as a member of the Chicago Bulls sold for $173,240 early Sunday morning via Goldin Auctions.
The home white #23 was autographed by Jordan and included a letter of authenticity from the Bulls. It is now the highest priced piece of game-worn Jordan equipment ever sold.
In the April 18, 1998 contest against the New York Knicks, Jordan scored 44 points in the 111-109 come-from-behind victory over the Knicks. It cemented Jordan’s tenth and final NBA scoring title and his fifth NBA MVP Award.
“The constant record prices we have been getting for Michael Jordan premium collectibles in our last few auctions clearly indicates that Jordan is establishing himself as this generation’s Babe Ruth,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “It’s an exciting time to buy and sell Jordan items because both long-time serious collectors and a new wave of younger collectors are building Jordan collections.”
In all, more than 1,500 lots were sold in the auction for a total of nearly $2.9 million.
Baseball card collectors chased the highest graded example of Babe Ruth’s 1916 D329 Weil Baking Co. rookie card. Graded SGC 60 (EX), the card sold for $89,060.
The interest in 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards resulted in another record when a PSA 6 example offered by Goldin soared to $ $81,740. Just six months earlier, Heritage Auctions had sold a card in the same grade for $52,580. An uncut sheet of 25 1952 Topps high numbers, including Mantle and Jackie Robinson sold for $86,620.
A PSA 8 example of the rare 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie card graded PSA 8 sold for $75,640.
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Goldin Auctions is currently accepting consignments for its January auction. To consign an item, call 856-767-8550, [email protected] or visit www.GoldinAuctions.com