Michael Jordan's 1982-83 UNC Jersey Sells for $1.38M at Auction

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVMay 8, 2021

College Basketball: NCAA Playoffs: North Carolina Michael Jordan (23) in action vs James Madison at Greensboro Coliseum.
Greensboro, NC 3/19/1983
CREDIT: Manny Millan (Photo by Manny Millan /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images/Getty Images)
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Set Number: X28211 TK1 R4

A jersey Michael Jordan wore at North Carolina during the 1982-83 college basketball season received a winning bid of $1.38 million at auction Friday night.

Darren Rovell of the Action Network provided details of the Heritage Auctions sale:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

$1.38 million: Price paid tonight at @HeritageAuction for a Michael Jordan jersey worn by MJ from the 1982-83 season at UNC pic.twitter.com/CwResj9WLE

Jordan, who'd already helped lead UNC to a national title in the 1982 NCAA tournament, averaged 20 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 53.5 percent from the field in 1982-83. It marked his second of three seasons with the Tar Heels before his Hall of Fame pro career.

"I wonder sometimes myself if it isn't all a dream. I expect to wake up sometime," MJ said during his emergence as a superstar at North Carolina.

While he's now generally accepted either as the greatest basketball player in history or at least a significant part of the GOAT conversation, that level of dominance wasn't easily predicted out of college.

Jordan wasn't selected until No. 3 overall in the 1984 NBA draft. Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie were picked before him, with Charles Barkley and John Stockton among the other members of that year's star-studded draft class.

Jordan went on to win six NBA championship and earn the MVP award five times along with numerous other accolades during his 15-year career.

His lasting impact on the sport combined with the sports memorabilia boom over the past year has caused a lot of Jordan items to skyrocket in value, and the game-used UNC jersey is just another example.