Michael Jordan Memorabilia Auction

September 14, 2009 10:09:43 AM PDT
Hunt Auctions, an 18-year veteran of the sports memorabilia auction industry, in conjunction with Upper Deck Authenticated, will offer Michael Jordan's personal collection of golf clubs, bags, and other related accessories as part of a 300-plus lot basketball auction to be held live on September 17, 2009 at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago. Highlights of the basketball auction include:

1992-93 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls professional model home jersey (est. $10,000-$15,000)

Michael Jordan autographed 1992 Nike USA Olympic warm up jacket ($4,000-$5,000)

1992 Michael Jordan USA Olympic Basketball Team Identification badge ($3,000-$4,000)

Michael Jordan autographed personal golf bag ($2,000-$3,000)

LeBron James game worn basketball sneakers with handwritten tribute inscription to President Obama ($5,000-$7,500)

2008-2009 LeBron James UDA autographed game worn Cleveland Cavaliers jersey ($5,000-$7,500)

Upon retiring from the most storied career in basketball history - which will soon be celebrated with his much anticipated induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame - Michael Jordan translated his competitive prowess into a sport famous for defying even the most talented athletes: golf. Combining pleasure with competition, Jordan regularly travels throughout the US, the Bahamas, and the British Isles hosting and playing in charity golf tournaments. The items in Michael Jordan's 50+ lot collection represent his substantial time on the golf course. While not every piece of equipment was employed by the basketball legend, some golf clubs and bags were clearly favorites and show substantial use. Expected to fetch $30,000- $40,000, the group is being sold to benefit the James Jordan Foundation.

"An iconic athlete's personal ephemera is always a huge draw for bidders," said David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions. "We're thrilled to be offering such a unique collection for both Michael Jordan and golf enthusiasts alike." Also up for auction is a private collection of Michael Jordan memorabilia that includes several notably significant pieces,

including a selection of items from the famed 1992 USA Olympic Basketball "Dream Team". Of particular interest is Jordan's warm up jacket from the 1992 games in Barcelona. The white satin jacket with blue and white trim is autographed by the twotime gold medalist and is estimated to bring $4,000-$5,000. The 125-lot collection is being offered for the first time publicly with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the James Jordan Foundation.

Additional items up for bid include a pair of Nike sneakers LeBron James wore and inscribed in tribute to President Barack Obama. The sneakers, which read, "44th President Barack Obama," across the front, were worn during a game on January 23, 2009 against the Golden State Warriors, just three days following Obama's inauguration. LeBron James was a devoted supporter of the President during his campaign for office. The Auction will be held Thursday, September 17th at 7:30pm at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago. A preview exhibition will run Tuesday, September 15th thru Thursday, September 17th. In addition, Hunt Auctions and its team of nationally recognized experts will conduct a complementary appraisal fair also during exhibition hours.

Select items from the appraisal fair may be consigned to the live auction. Attendees can call ahead to schedule a private consultation at 610-524-0822.

Bids for the September 17th Basketball Auction may be made live and in person at the auction, via phone at 610-524-0822, or online at www.HuntAuctions.com. More information and a list of items offered is available online at www.huntauctions.com.

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