Champion Procut Michael Jordan 50th Anniversary Commemorative Rookie Jersey – Holy Grail

12-3-96 Jordan NBA 50th Anniversary Jersey

Chicago-area department store Carson’s ran this advertisement on December 3, 1996 to promote Champion’s retro line of NBA 50th Anniversary jerseys. The focal point of the ad is the Limited Edition Procut Michael Jordan 50th Anniversary Commemorative Rookie Jersey. It’s the only authentic jersey that Champion released for the NBA 50th Anniversary collection. It was limited to 200 and available only by phone order from Carsons. This is the “Holy Grail” of Jordan jerseys. I’ve only seen two come up for auction on Ebay in my nearly 20 years of collecting.

The photo of the jersey in the ad is actually not the official size that Champion produced. Note the jock tag is a size 46 in the ad. That was Jordan’s standard size throughout most of his career (Size 46 with Body Length +3). But in his rookie season, Jordan started with a size 42 and then switched to a Size 44 with Body Length +4…

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So Champion actually produced these to the exact rookie season specs. Below is a photo of the jersey. Note that it’s not dual-tagged. It has the jock tag, Size 44. On the interior hem is the additional tag indicating Body Length +4…

 

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