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1982 Michael Jordan Signed North Carolina Basketball and Cap

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $705

This collection of rare and extremely early Michael Jordan signed North Carolina items features a 1982 commemorative basketball and a baseball cap. The basketball, displaying alternating panels of white and "Tar Heel" blue, is lettered "Tarheels - 1982 National Champs" and has been inscribed "Michael Jordan #23" in black marker (grading "6/7") on a white panel. (The signature is boldly penned, but the dimpled surface makes writing difficult.) The regulation-size ball displays light surface wear and is in Excellent condition. The blue-and-white baseball cap features the North Carolina name and logo on the front and has been signed by Jordan in black marker (grading "8") on the top of the brim. The adjustable cap displays moderate wear and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Both of these items display early examples of Jordan's signature and may have been signed during his college years, or very shortly thereafter. The items themselves, particularly the 1982 North Carolina basketball, are significant and rare items dating from Jordan's days as a college star. Jordan starred at North Carolina for three seasons before embarking on one of the greatest careers in NBA history. Jordan's college career began on a high note as he helped lead the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA Championship as a freshman. He closed out his career in equally spectacular fashion. Jordan was named the Naismith College Player of the Year in 1984 and was also awarded the prestigious John R. Wooden Award. Jordan-signed items of any kind dating from his college days are very scarce. These two early signed Jordan items are very rare and unusual. The signed basketball in particular is a very substantial item, and would be worthy and significant additions to even the most advanced collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $705

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