Barack Obama's HS Basketball Jersey Sale Breaks LeBron James' Record at Auction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2020

President Barack Obama looks to Miami Heat forward LeBron James as he welcomes the NBA basketball champion Miami Heat, to the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Former United States president Barack Obama's high school basketball jersey set a new record Friday as the most expensive high school basketball jersey to ever sell at auction.

Juliens Auctions announced that Obama's 1978-1979 No. 23 Punahou School jersey sold for $192,000:

Juliens Auctions @JuliensAuctions

SOLD for $192,000 The high school basketball jersey worn by Barack Obama, who later became the 44th president of the United States. A new World Record for a high school jersey sold at auction! Sold today in Day 4 of our "Icons & Idols: Trilogy" auction - Icons & Idols: Sports! https://t.co/MzlwkjVC3T

According to Analis Bailey of USA Today, that broke the record previously set by Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, whose St. Vincent-St. Mary's jersey featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2002 sold for $187,500 last year.

In 1978-79, Obama helped lead Punahou School, which is located in Honolulu, to a Hawaii state basketball championship.

While Obama never went on to play college or professional basketball, his love for the sport is well documented.

During his presidency, Obama often organized pickup basketball games involving former high-profile players. He also developed a positive relationship with several current NBA players, including James.

Things would probably get ugly for the 59-year-old Obama if he were to challenge James to a game of one-on-one, but the former president has bragging rights over the future Basketball Hall of Famer at the very least now that his jersey has fetched more money at auction than LeBron's.


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