Lot # 153: Historically Significant Oct. 26, 1984 Michael Jordan NBA Debut Chicago Bulls Box Office Ticket Stub – PSA 5 EX – “POP 2”; Highest Graded PSA Example!

Category: Memorabilia

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Item was in Auction "Winter Rarities '23 Auction",
which ran from 12/10/2022 12:00 PM to
1/7/2023 7:00 PM

(LOT 153)
Historically Significant Oct. 26, 1984 Michael Jordan NBA Debut Chicago Bulls Box Office Ticket Stub – PSA 5 EX – "POP 2"; Highest Graded PSA Example!

JORDAN DEBUT!!! The two most coveted debut sports tickets belong to the immortal Jackie Robinson and Michael Jordan, with their inaugural tickets fetching an unfathomable $480k and $468k, respectively, in February 2022. While the Jordan ticket was the only known "full" example (as opposed to a stub), its staggering pricing point certainly opened the floodgates for Jordan debut ticket stubs. Substantiating that notion was a PSA 1 (MK) Jordan debut stub realizing $99k in that same auction, with momentous tickets now one of the hottest collecting angles in the lucrative sports memorabilia circuit. Presented here is a remarkable PSA 5 EX Michael Jordan Box Office Ticket Stub that shares the spotlight with a single other example as the highest graded PSA example! Issued on October 26, 1984, it represents Jordan's inaugural NBA game played at the 1800 West Madison Street based Chicago Stadium.

Synonymous with Jordan's arguable status as the NBA's greatest all-time player, this ticket joins a single other PSA 5 specimen as the pinnacle assessed box office ticket stub by the illustrious PSA Grading Company, easily outdistancing the seven other inferior copies. That legendary day would see the highly touted Jordan suit up in a Chicago Bulls jersey for the first time, with Michael's 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists ably assisting Chicago to best the Washington Bullets 109-93. Of course, the overall hype for Jordan's debut game was beyond intense, with the former North Carolina Tar Heels spectacular career including a 1982 NCAA Championship when Jordan's game-winning shot bested Georgetown 63-62 on March 29, 1982. Jordan would move on to average a spectacular 28.2 points his rookie campaign, a sure sign of things to come. His electrifying dunks, full court dashes, behind the back dribbles, accurate jump shots, and uncanny leadership skills all combined to ultimately lead to the Bulls amazing dynasty including six NBA world-championships and Jordan's unparalleled fame.

Not even Hollywood could write a more storybook script than the final game of the 1998 NBA finals when Michael Jordan's final jump shot with 5.6 seconds left bested the Utah Jazz by an 87-86 score, strikingly similar to some 16 years ago when his 2-point basket bested Georgetown for the Tar Heels NCAA Championship. Incredibly, that would be the final shot Jordan would ever take for the Chicago Bulls, as MJ would temporarily retire after winning his 6th and final NBA Championship, all of which he was named finals MVP. Of course, a few years later, His Airness would eventually come out of retirement and play a few seasons with the Washington Wizards, but it's his unparalleled career with Chicago that has earned him the assumed title as the greatest basketball player who ever graced a hardwood floor. In 15 seasons, the iconic shooting guard/small forward would amass over 32,000 points (4th all-time), achieve the highest points per game average ever (30.12), win an unfathomable 10 NBA scoring titles and claim five NBA MVP awards! Yet for all of these accomplishments, it was his fierce competitiveness and unprecedented ability to thrive in pressure situations that arguably places him as the finest basketball player ever.

His legacy in sports is comparable to that of the immortal Babe Ruth, and we cannot imagine a more formidable keepsake than the offered 1984 debut ticket stub that represents the true origin of Jordan's exalted NBA career. Graded a PSA 5, the box office ticket reveals super eye pleasing powder blue hues, with the critical OCT 26, 1984 7:30 PM date and CHICAGO BULLS VS. WASHINGTON BULLETS verbiage boldly printed in the upper left quadrant. An $8.50 admission price is evident, with the exact seat being in Location 41ENMZ; Section B; Row L; Seat #10. No apparent surface flaws are evident on either side, and the left perimeter reveals the typical perforated edge. One of Michael Jordan's most esteemed heirlooms, it turns back the clock some 39 years to that most significant October 26, 1984 game when His Airness would embark on a majestic career that similar to Tom Brady's all-time NFL standing, rightfully places him as the NBA's undisputed GOAT!

MIN BID $5,000

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