A recent storage auction in North Carolina has netted one lucky bidder several pieces of near one-of-a-kind memorabilia from the collegiate career of basketball legend Michael Jordan.
The two more noteworthy items are recruiting letters sent from the University of North Carolina to Jordan while he was a high school senior in Wilmington, NC. One letter is from then assistant coach Bill Guthridge. The other came from head coach, and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Dean Smith. Each letter is predominantly type written, but each is also hand-signed with an additional hand-written note to Jordan added.
The authenticity of both letters and their handwriting has been confirmed by the authentication company PSA/DNA. Bidding on the Smith letter is expected to begin at $5,000. Bidding on the Guthridge letter will begin at $2,500.
The other two pieces of memorabilia come from Jordan’s collegiate career. One is an official copy of the transcript of his school work. The other is an official copy of his undergraduate degree. Bidding on the transcript will begin at $1,000. Bidding on the degree starts at $7,500.
Each of these items was originally on display at Michael Jordan’s 23, a restaurant which opened in Chapel Hill, NC in 1999 and closed in 2003. After the restaurant was shut down, some of the furnishings and decorations went into storage, where they sat for more than a decade before the unit went into default and fell into the hands of one fortunate bidder.
This is the second storage unit sold at auction in recent months found to contain items from a star basketball player’s career. In September an auctioned unit was found to contain a number of items from the career of Dikembe Mutombo.