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1994-1995 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Signed Jersey
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $7,050.00
Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls home jersey dating from the 1994-1995 season. The white mesh jersey is lettered "Bulls" across the front and features the number "45" on the front and reverse. "Jordan" is lettered on the reverse above the number. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in red on black tackle twill. Located on the left front tail are a "Champion 46" label and a Champion exclusivity label reading in part "94/95 Designed and Tailored Exclusively for Chicago Bulls - Body Length +3 Chicago Bulls - Year 90 - Sleeve Length 0 - Body Length +3." Jordan has signed the jersey in silver paint pen (grading "10") on the reverse numeral "2." Ideally, Jordan signed this jersey under the auspices of Upper Deck Authenticated and it is accompanied with a COA and corresponding hologram label (affixed to the reverse) from the company. Original and unaltered, the jersey displays light wear overall. This jersey commemorates Jordan's triumphant return to the NBA after his brief year-and-a-half retirement. Jordan abruptly retired from basketball on October 6, 1993, citing fatigue and a loss of desire to play the game. While the decision came as a surprise to many, even more shocking was his decision to pursue a Major League baseball career. In the spring of 1994 Jordan signed a minor-league contract with the Birmingham Barons, a farm club of the Chicago White Sox. However, after a less than spectacular season with Birmingham (and an equally unpromising fall season with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona State League in 1994), Jordan returned to the Bulls on March 18, 1995. Since Jordan's original number "23" had already been retired by the Bulls, he chose number "45," the number he wore with Birmingham. Jordan's return provided an emotional lift for the the team, and he led the Bulls to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they were eventually defeated by Orlando. Jordan appeared in seventeen games during the 1994-1995 season, averaging 26.9 points. The following year he led the Bulls to a record 72 wins and the first of another three consecutive World Championships. This is not a store-model jersey, but a team-issued jersey that was produced exclusively and specifically for use by Michael Jordan during the 1994-1995 season. Graded A5 by MEARS (no post-1987 jersey can receive a grade higher than A5 unless accompanied by further provenance). This is currently one of only four 1994-1995 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls road jerseys listed in the MEARS census, with three graded at this level, and none graded higher. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/3,000+. SOLD FOR $7,050.00
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