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Magic Johnson's Signed, Game-Worn Jersey from 1980 NBA Finals Sells for $1.5M

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIAugust 22, 2021

Magic Johnson accepts the lifetime achievement award at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson's game-worn jersey from Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals has sold for $1.5 million through Heritage Auctions.

Darren Rovell of The Action Network provided more information:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Signed jersey worn by Magic Johnson in 1980 Finals clincher and — believe it not — photo matched to two NBA Finals games four years later — sold at <a href="https://twitter.com/HeritageAuction?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HeritageAuction</a> early this morning for $1.5 million. <a href="https://t.co/rLECyaSRnc">pic.twitter.com/rLECyaSRnc</a>

Johnson famously stepped in at center for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6, posting 42 points and 15 rebounds in a series-clinching 123-107 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Thanks to his efforts, the then-rookie won the NBA Finals MVP award.

Johnson's career accolades include 12 All-Star Games, 10 All-NBA nods, three NBA regular-season MVP and Finals MVP apiece, and a gold medal with Team USA at the 1992 Summer Olympics, among other honors.