Ticket stub from Michael Jordan’s NBA debut sells for $264K, a record for a sports ticket


In the early hours of Friday morning, Michael Jordan posterized yet again — in the perpetually berserk world of sports cards and collectables.

The highest-graded ticket stub (bestowed with a grade of EX-MT 6 from Professional Sports Authenticator, or PSA) from Michael Jordan’s NBA debut sold for $264,000 at auction, breaking the record for most expensive collectable sports ticket ever sold.

The sale, conducted by Huggins & Scott Auctions, includes a 20% buyer’s premium. Even without said premium, the sale still would have broken the previous record, set in October when a ticket stub from Game 3 of the 1903 (and first-ever) World Series sold for $175,000 at Christie’s.

Jordan made his NBA debut on Oct. 26, 1984, at the now-demolished Chicago Stadium. More than 13,000 were in attendance to see Jordan’s Bulls beat the Washington Bullets 109-93.

Jordan scored 16 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 7 assists. He also blocked four shots, the third most by a rookie in a team’s season opener all-time.

The stub is yet another item from Jordan’s rookie season that has cropped up recently. In late October, a pair of game-worn sneakers from Jordan’s rookie season sold at Sotheby’s for $1.472 million, which decimated the record for most expensive game-worn footwear, which had also been held by Jordan.



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