1984 was a good year. The Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan third overall, setting in motion a course of events that would result in six NBA championships in the following decade. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was Billboard’s No. 1 album of the year. And, of course, I was born in Danville, Ill. Pretty big year, all things considered.
What does this have to do with anything? Well, not much, but I needed an introduction to the story of a basketball signed by two of 1984′s most important humans going to auction this past weekend. Here’s a tiny hint, I didn’t sign it and it was very expensive.
A basketball signed by both Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson sold for $294,000 at an auction over the weekend in the southern Chinese city of Macau.
That price was 366 times more than the higest pre-auction estimate of what it would sell for.
That, my friends, is one expensive basketball that will never ever be dribbled. Houses cost less than that, sometimes. Then again, most houses aren’t autographed by two of the most famous people that have ever lived, nor have they been used in the music video for the hit song “Jam.” I’m not trying to say it’s worth it, but that’s a pretty nice conversation piece to put on your shelves.
“Oh, that? That’s just a basketball signed by Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson. No bigs. Want some guacamole? I bought the blue corn chips and they go well together.”
In related news, I will autograph a basketball and send it to anyone who wants one for 5 percent of this price. That’s a great deal, so just shoot me an email and I’ll grab a Sharpie.