Michael Jordan NBA championship backboard for sale in Chicago
Heritage Auctions is preparing for its latest blockbuster sale of sports memorabilia, held as part of the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
"This is the sixth straight year we've offered our Summer Platinum Night auction at the National," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. "It's a natural fit that has worked beautifully: you have the premier sports collectibles show and you have the premier sports collectibles auction house. The offerings this summer are nothing short of spectacular."
Amongst the leading lots is a piece of basketball history which will stir the hearts and memories of every Chicago Bulls fan: a hoop and backboard from the 1998 NBA Finals.
In 1998 Michael Jordan played his final game for the Chicago Bulls at the Delta Center in Utah, in game six of the NBA finals against the Utah Jazz. In what critics described as one of his greatest-ever performances, Jordan drove the Bulls to victory, ending with perhaps the greatest shot in his entire career.
With ten seconds left in the match, and the Bulls trailing 86-85, Jordan stole the ball and drove down court, before hitting a jump shot to give them an 86-87 lead with five seconds remaining. Not only did it win Chicago both the match and the Championship, but it was the last shot Jordan ever made for the Bulls.
To this day the game holds the highest television ratings of any game in NBA history, and marked the perfect end to Jordan's incredible career with the Bulls.
Jordan retired from basketball for the second time following the 1998 victory, before returning once again with the Washington Wizards in 2001. However, as the auction house states, "the story of the greatest basketball player of all time effectively ends here, in the glass and metal of this special artifact."
The hoop and backboard, complete with its original net from the historic game, is expected to sell for upwards of $100,000 when it hits the auction block in Chicago on July 30-31.
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