Mitchell & Ness is re-creating several of the jerseys worn during Michael Jordan’s career, packaging them in "a handmade wooden collector’s box" complete with "faux lizard skin, a commemorative 20th Anniversary patch and a signed letter of authenticity."
Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co., purveyors of authentic vintage sportswear, has announced a partnership with Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc. to re-create the history of Michael Jordan’s NBA uniforms. The three-year exclusive agreement will feature a collection of authentic on-court uniforms commemorating defining moments of Jordan’s illustrious NBA career.
The first jersey in the collection, a historically accurate reproduction of Jordan’s 1987 Bulls road jersey, was released over the weekend in conjunction with the NBA All Star game. This year’s Slam Dunk Contest marked the 20th Anniversary since a young Jordan took flight from the free throw line in 1987 and captured his first ever Slam Dunk Championship.
"It is a privilege for our brand to be associated with the Jordan Brand and one of the greatest athletes of all time," said Sean McKinney, President of Mitchell & Ness. "We felt that All Star Weekend in Las Vegas presented the perfect opportunity to introduce this historic collection to the world."
The limited edition run of 500 jerseys will come encased in a handmade wooden collector’s box and includes interior detail such as faux lizard skin, a commemorative 20th Anniversary patch and a signed letter of authenticity. The authentic jersey will be manufactured to the exact specifications of the original and will include special labeling to reflect the order in which it was produced. Both the jersey and the collector’s box are being made in the USA and the package will retail for $400.
"Twenty years ago, Michael Jordan taught the world how to fly with his performance in the 1987 Slam Dunk Contest and captured the hearts of a new generation of basketball fans," said Larry Miller, Vice President and General Manager of Nike Basketball. "This authentic collection is a dream for those fans, providing them a trip down memory lane to look back at Michael’s illustrious career through the uniforms that he has worn."
The jerseys will be available at 23 select retail destinations in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston and Atlanta, as well as Front Row Sports at Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas strip.