Michael Jordan Memorabilia at Auction: Authenticity Under Dispute

Deloris Jordan
Michael Jordan’s mother, Deloris.

Famed basketball legend, Michael Jordan is once again in the media spotlight. Although, this time it’s not for shooting hoops, switching to a different professional sport (hint: baseball), or even gambling. This time, it’s about storage unit auctions! Several pieces of “Air Jordan” history are being auctioned off by Goldin Auctions, with the final day to bid being February 7th, 2014. The auction company purchased several documents from a consigner; Jordan’s diploma from UNC Chapel Hill, recruiting letters, and his transcript. The consigner purchased the items from someone who found them in a storage unit they won at auction.

Michael Jordan recruitment letter
Deloris Jordan disputes the authenticity of the items up for auction.

Here’s where it gets controversial. Michael Jordan’s mother, Deloris Jordan, claims that the items could not possibly be authentic, because she has saved every single one of her sons’ honors and awards, and has plans to exhibit them in a museum someday. To make things more interesting, Goldin has had the items in question verified as authentic by a third party, Professional Sports Authenticator.

As this story progresses, it looks like we will find out if authenticity verification services are as authentic as the documents they verify. Who do you think has the truly original documents? Let’s hear your thoughts!

 

Sources:

-Rovell, Darren. “Jordan’s Auction Items questioned.” ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, 16 Jan. 2014. Web. 18 Jan. 2014.

-Fisher, Alexandria, and Marion Brooks. “Deloris Jordan Disputes Authenticity of Michael Jordan Recruiting Letter Up for Auction.” NBC Chicago. N.p., 15 Jan. 2014. Web. 18 Jan. 2014.

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