A rare Michael Jordan 1984 Team USA Basketball jersey worn in the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles headlines the 2017 Summer Game Auction hosted by Grey Flannel Auctions. The auction is open for bidding until June 21.
The 1984 Olympics were essentially the platform through which Jordan would be introduced to basketball fans worldwide. The jersey has been conclusively photo-matched to USA Olympic play and is believed to be the only red-colorway uniform that Jordan wore for this historic gold medal run. Fresh to the hobby, the jersey stands alone as the only photo-matched Olympic Jordan jersey known to exist as well as the earliest fully documented Jordan example of its type still in existence. Bidding opens at $10,000.
Also featured in the auction is Mickey Mantle’s 1953 game-used and autographed road jersey. It was likely issued for use in the 1953 All-Star Game and is photo-matched to a photo taken in the spring of 1955. Mantle autographed the jersey in blue pen on the left chest.
It comes to the marketplace from a gentleman who received it from a former major league scout during a Yankees tryout in the 1950s. He did not make the team but held onto the now-historical piece for more than 50 years. It stands as the hobby’s earliest known photo-matched road jersey of Mantle. Bidding opens at $10,000.
Another basketball jersey that is sure to garner attention is a Golden State Warriors road jersey that was worn by back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry in a March 24, 2015, game. In that game Curry recorded a double-double (33 points, 10 assists) and the Warriors clinched the Pacific Division. Curry signed the back of the jersey in black marker with the added inscription “MVP.” The opening bid is $5,000.
Switching to warm-up jackets, also offered is a player-worn fleece warm-up jacket worn by the most dominant defensive center in NBA history, Bill Russell. The jacket was sourced directly from the Boston Garden when the auction consignor’s grandfather brought the jacket home following a game in the 1960s. Bidding opens at $5,000.
Multiple Ken Griffey Jr. items sourced directly from the attic of Griffey’s childhood home include his 1990 All-Star Game jersey and his Moeller High School jersey. Both jerseys are being offered for the first time publicly and open with individual reserves of $2,500. Also featured is a unique Cincinnati Reds full uniform worn by Griffey Jr., as a young child at a Reds father/son event.
Sandy Koufax’s game-used and autographed home 1964 flannel jersey is also offered in this auction. It is originally sourced from Koufax. Bidding opens at $5,000.
Ted “Teeder” Kennedy was included in the first group of players to be named in 2017 as one of the “100 Greatest NHL Players” in history. Now hockey collectors have the opportunity to obtain Kennedy’s game-used captain’s sweater that was sourced directly from someone who played for the Winnipeg Monarchs, an NHL-sponsored junior hockey team. It was common for the Toronto Maple Leafs to provide this junior team with equipment for practice. This is the first time this sweater has been offered publicly. Bidding opens at $5,000.
A hobby-fresh Babe Ruth single-signed baseball signed on the sweet spot in black steel-tip fountain pen highlights the autographed material portion of the auction. The baseball was given directly to the consignor more than 70 years ago as a birthday gift from his father. Bidding opens at $5,000.
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