A 1976 Michael ‘Mike’ Jordan Little League autographed baseball is expected to sell for big money during an upcoming Goldin Auction that will feature what some think could be the very first Michael Jordan autograph. Jordan was just 13 when he signed the baseball that is expected to fetch in the $50,000 range. The current bid is $3,250 so there’s plenty of room for this one to run before the auction ends
It is the sport that pulled Michael Jordan away from basketball. America’s pastime baseball was always a part of the great Michael Jordan’s sporting legacy. Already a superstar basketball player in high school, Jordan was an excellent baseball player, so much so, his father – the late James Jordan hoped his son would become a professional baseballer.
Like many young boys in the mid-1970’s, Michael Jordan played baseball during the summer and what he have offered here is one of the earliest, if not the earliest known Michael Jordan signature. This offered Little League Horsehide Cover stamped baseball was signed in 1976 when Jordan was playing in a Babe Ruth League in Wilmington, North Carolina for Parkers Food Store.
Jordan, along with the rest of his teammates, signed this ball to his coach Richard Neher. Jordan’s name was printed by him under the coach’s name in blue pen on a side panel. Handwritten in black pen upside down to Jordan’s signature reads “Pam Beasley 1976 Won 11 Lost 3”. An additional “1976 CHAMPS” is penned in black pen on another side panel.
Other names on this ball include David Price, Terry Allen, Anthony Hartwick, Floyd Curnie, Richard J Lanerster, Chris Bennett, Ronald Bradshaw, David Bridges, Richard Lancaster, Steve Neher, Scott Kendall, Jimmy Rivenbark and Johnie Parker. A great piece of early Michael Jordan history and this comes with a LOA from coach Richard Neher and a LOA from PSA/DNA along with the little league roster and a photograph of Jordan’s Babe Ruth baseball team coached by Neher.
Goldin is also auctioning a Jordan game-used Little League hat that’s being sold by MJ’s coach. Or what about a MJ Little League jacket? There’s even a Jordan first basemen mitt for sale. I’m not sure how this stuff was authenticated besides taking the coach at his word, but it’s right there in the Goldin Auction. There’s even the MJ middle school yearbook collection if you want that kind of thing. Before you laugh and think there’s no way people will pay big money for MJ Little League gear, keep in mind back in May someone paid $560,000 for game-worn MJs. Pretty much anything MJ is on fire at this point.