To accurately gauge Michael Jordan’s impact on basketball, citing (among countless other accolades) five NBA MVP honors, six NBA titles, six NBA Finals MVP laurels and 10 NBA scoring titles should suffice. But analyzing the feats he realized prior to his NBA stardom, one finds that Jordan was truly a breed apart all along. With the game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA National Title game on his soon-to-be epic resume, Jordan earned consensus All-American status in 1983 and 1984, and proceeded to power the U.S. Olympic team to a Gold Medal in the latter year. Among the earliest and most sacred game-worn Jordan exemplars extant, this 1984 U.S. Olympic jersey was worn and autographed by the North Carolina product and consummate hoops ambassador during his amateur endeavor in those 1984 games.
The blue knit pullover garment features “USA” arched across the chest in red-on-white double twill and “9” sewn to the front and back in like fashion. Executed vertically on the front “9,” Jordan’s black marker autograph projects (“9”) strength and clarity. Red panels flanked by white trim line the sides and red-and-white striped elasticized panels line the collar and arm yokes. A “Descente” size “44” label is sewn to the left front tail and a manufacturer’s logo adorns the right shoulder stirrup. One of three styles worn by the ’84 U.S. Olympic squad, the blue jerseys were worn during the Gold Medal round. This particular representation is most desirable, with twill identifiers as opposed to the appliqué numerals found on alternate jerseys. Appropriate limited event wear is evident. There are no repairs or alterations with the exception of a tag which has been removed from the collar’s interior. This was long the practice of Jordan, who, throughout his career, disliked having neck tags rub against the base of his cervical vertebrae. In the realm of hoops gamers, 1984 Olympic jerseys are far more rare and of superior quality and styling than their 1992 “Dream Team” successors. Accompanying is a cert/hologram from UDA (for autograph), as well as LOAs from Lou Lampson and Jim Thomas (Grade B) for the jersey.