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Circa 1980 Michael Jordan Twice-Signed Handwritten Love Letter

  • Sold For: $1,175
  • Year: 1976
  • Auction: 2011 spring
  • Lot #: 1460
  • Auction Category: The Jimmy Rubino Michael Jordan Collection

This two-page handwritten "love letter" was composed by Michael Jordan while in high school and features not one, but two full-name signatures, both of which are among the earliest examples we have ever seen. The letter, scripted in pencil on two lined notebook sheets, is undated, but almost certainly dates from his high-school days given the content. Even in writing to his girlfriend, which is in part an apology letter, Jordan cannot help but mention basketball. In part:

My Dearest Laquette, How are you and your family doing, fine I hope. I am in my Adv. Chemistry class writing you a letter, so that tells you how much I care for you. I decide [sic] to write you because I felt that I made you look pretty rotten after the last night. I want to tell you that I am sorry and hope that you except [sic] my apologie [sic]...I want to thank you for letting me hold your annual. I show it to everyone at school. Everyone thinks you are a pretty young lady and I had to agree because it is very true. Please don't let this go to your head. (smile) I sorry to say that I can't go to the game on my birthday because my father is taking the whole basketball team out to eat on my birthday. Please don't be mad because I am trying get down there a week from Feb. 14...I want to let you know that my feeling for you has not change yet . (joke) I am finally getting used to going with a girl much smaller than I...Well I must go, the period is almost over. See you next time around, which I hope comes soon. With my Best Love, Michael J. Jordan.

In addition to his signature at the close of the letter, Jordan has written his name "Michael Jordan" at the top of the first page as well. The date, "April 17," is written on the reverse of the second page in ink. Because it is written in pencil, both the text and the signatures are obviously lighter than if they were executed in pen, but the letter is perfectly legible and both signatures grade "9." Jordan attended Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he starred as one of the country's top high-school basketball players. This is easily the earliest Jordan letter we have ever seen and, ideally, it is accompanied by a color copy of a photo (5 x 7 inches) picturing Jordan and his girlfriend posing together prior to a prom event. Each page of the letter (8 x 10.5 inches) displays two vertical and five horizontal folds, as well as a few light creases. Five notebook holes are present along the left border. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,175

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