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The GOATS / MICHAEL JORDAN A RARE PAIR OF TICKETS TO JORDAN'S DEBUT NBA GAME FOR THE CHICAGO BULLS, OCTOBER 26, 1984

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MICHAEL JORDAN: A RARE PAIR OF TICKETS TO JORDAN'S DEBUT NBA GAME FOR THE CHICAGO BULLS, OCTOBER 26, 1984
19 – 29 September 2022, 13:00 PDT
Online, New York

US$200,000 - US$300,000

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MICHAEL JORDAN: A RARE PAIR OF TICKETS TO JORDAN'S DEBUT NBA GAME FOR THE CHICAGO BULLS, OCTOBER 26, 1984

One ticket inscribed on the front by the owner "Michael Jordan's first game", the other signed verso by Dallas Comegys and additionally inscribed verso "Michael Jordan's first game", with his name and those of his two friends who attended the game.

Footnotes

On Friday, October 26th, 1984 at 7:30pm in Chicago Stadium, the most storied professional basketball career of all time began.

Chicago Bulls first round draft pick (3rd overall) Michael Jordan from the University of North Carolina, scored 16 points that night with 6 rebounds and 7 assists against the Washington Bullets. It was the first of 1072 regular season games and 179 playoff games that would cement Michael Jordan's place amongst the Mt. Rushmore of athletes.

Six Championships, Six Finals MVPs, 10x Scoring Champion, 9x All Defensive Player, a culture defining brand...it all started on that October night in 1984.

That day, the owner of this pair of tickets was a junior in high school at Elgin Academy, located around 30 miles northwest of Chicago. A big college basketball fan, he was chatting with his two friends during lunchtime about the Chicago Bulls newest draft pick, Michael Jordan. The Bulls were not a high performing team at that time and the drafting of Jordan had caused some excitement amongst fans.

With Jordan's debut coming up that evening, he called his dad to see if he might be able to use his contacts to secure four tickets to the game. His dad managed to get four season tickets with great seats from an acquaintance, and the two of them, along with his two high school buddies, met outside Chicago Stadium before the game. Upon finding their seats, they noticed rising college basketball star Dallas Comegys, then playing for the DePaul Blue Demons, sitting in front of them. The owner of these tickets recalls being more excited about seeing Comegys than he was about watching Michael Jordan's debut! Following the game, he asked Comegys to sign the back of his ticket.

The owner held on to the pair of ticket stubs belonging to him and his father for the next 38 years.

Fast forward to 2022, after an unprecedented moment in world history, the market for Michael Jordan memorabilia has hit an all-time high. Following the release of "The Last Dance" on ESPN during the Covid19 pandemic, a wave of nostalgia coupled with a desire for alternative assets, creates a frenzy for any and all things Jordan. One of the markets most affected is the vintage ticket market. For years an afterthought, these ephemeral keepsakes are now considered amongst the most highly prized and rare collectables of Michael Jordan's legendary career.

None more so than the ticket that started it all, the professional debut of Michael Jordan.

Interestingly, there were a couple different types of tickets issued that day in 1984, including several standard "Ticketron" tickets available at Ticketron outlets throughout Chicago.

But by far the most desirable and rarest of tickets, is the iconic red and black box office ticket which was only available at the venue and features the Chicago Bulls logo and silhouette of Chicago Stadium. It's these tickets that truly evoke the image of the young Bulls prospect on the verge of superstardom.

To find a pair of these red and black ticket stubs to this iconic game is exceptionally rare. A full red and black ticket from this game, believed to be the only unused example ever discovered, sold in February 2022 for $468,000.

This is the first time that a pair of red and black Michael Jordan debut ticket stubs have ever been offered at auction.

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