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2003 Washington Wizards Limited-Edition Team-Signed Basketball with Michael Jordan from Jordan's Final Home Game

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $587.50

In 2003 Michael Jordan officially retired as an NBA player, doing so as a member of the Washington Wizards. For his final regular-season home game, held on April 14th, the Wizards organized a special promotion to commemorate that historic evening. Twenty-three balls, numbered one through twenty-three, were signed by the Washington Wizards team to be given away. Prior to the game, twenty-three lucky fans were chosen to receive a Washington Wizards team-signed ball. The number of signed balls was chosen to be twenty-three in honor of Jordan's uniform number. Presented here is one of those special team-signed balls distributed to fans on that historic night. This particular ball might be considered the most significant by some, as it is hand numbered "23/23." The Spalding leather basketball features three special white signature panels and has been signed in black Sharpie by the following thirteen members of the 2003 Washington Wizards: Michael Jordan, Kwame Brown, Juan Dixon, Brendan Haywood, Larry Hughes, Jared Jefferies, Christian Laettner, Tyronn Lue, Charles Oakley, Byron Russell, Jerry Stackhouse, Etan Thomas, and Jahidi White. All of the signatures have been boldly penned and grade "9/10." The ball is in Mint condition. Accompanying the ball is a signed LOA from the team's community relations department attesting to its provenance, as well as a special commemorative ticket from the evening, and a Wizards sport towel. Authentic Michael Jordan signed items are much rarer than most collectors assume due to the extraordinary number of forgeries. A ball such as this, which is accompanied by impeccable team documentation, is the extremely rare exception to the rule and is with good reason all the more highly prized by sophisticated collectors. This is an exceptional piece and one of the last balls ever signed by Jordan during his NBA career. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $587.50

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