Champion Pro Cut 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 Pro Cut 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…

Michael Jordan Game Used Chicago Bulls Rookie Rawlings Jersey

 

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

 

Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Procut NBA 50th Anniversary Authentic Jersey

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10 thoughts on “Champion Pro Cut Michael Jordan 50th Anniversary Commemorative Rookie Jersey – Holy Grail

  • July 31, 2018 at 7:27 pm
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    Wow, this is amazing! Never knew about this. Also, good to see you are posting again! Loved the content for a while now. Do you regularly post anywhere else?

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  • August 13, 2018 at 11:42 pm
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    Awesome page, been enjoying it for long time and it still amazes me.
    I have one or two jerseys with little bit different label etiquette at the bottom of the jersey. Size L so it is EU release for sure from what i learned on your page, but still etiquette is different than the standard ones.
    Would like to send you a photo via email to try to decipher it.

    Thanks and keep it going!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    How much would you appraise a 1994Golden state wArriors chris webber road jersey stitched tackle twill?

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    • May 30, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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      Probably $175 – $225 range if you find the right person. If you want to unload it quickly you could get $100 in a blink of an eye

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  • December 22, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    How much is this particular Jordan jersey worth?

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    • August 7, 2020 at 1:02 pm
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      The most recent listing on Ebay went for $3k+. But most people don’t know how rare this is, so could be more. All depends on what someone is willing to pay and if the seller describes it accurately.

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  • May 1, 2020 at 5:42 am
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    I have the actual Rawlings rookie jersey in red in mint condition. How much do you think I can get for it?

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    • August 7, 2020 at 10:29 am
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      You would have to have it authenticated as game worn or game issued, and make sure all the measurements matched up with what Jordan wore during his rookie season. Otherwise its just a deadstock jersey that someone customized. To my knowledge Rawlings never sold Jordan Authentics on the retail market, and the Jordan replicas for the 1984-1985 season were issued by MacGregor Sand Knit. If it’s authenticated as a game word or game issued, you have one valuable piece of memorabilia

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  • May 7, 2020 at 2:11 pm
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    How much do you think that Jordan jersey cost?

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    • August 7, 2020 at 10:08 am
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      Someone just paid over $3k for on Ebay, that’s the highest I’ve seen one go for. But not too many people know how rare it is, hence why the price isn’t higher.

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