One unused ticket bought for $8.50 in 1984 in the NBA by Michael Jordan debut with the Chicago Bulls fetched $468,000 at auction.
Michael Cole had bought the tickets 38 years ago as a college student at Northwestern University. He couldn’t find anyone for join him for on October 26, 1984, game at the old Chicago stadium, the Bulls former home then one of the tickets remained unused.
“I’m incredibly excited about the result and in somehow relieved that it’s overCole, now 55, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Cole chose up both tickets at will call, using one to attend the game taking the other home to stick it in A file. Heritage Auctions, which led the sale on Sunday said it is the only known intact ticket from debut of Jordan, arguably the most grand player in NBA history.
But the massive sale wasn’t even the biggest amount paid for an athlete event ticket that day, according to Robert Wilonsky of Heritage auctions. This distinction went to the sale of a ticket to Jackie Robinson of 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, which brought in $480,000.
Wilonsky said that in age of online tickets where all people have to do is show up with the virtual tickets on their phones to enter arenas and stadiums, ticket is a very different time.
“People don’t know what paper ticket feels like hold in their hands, to keep in their wallets, to be kept forever,” he said.
And Cole said he ain’t about to totally give up a feeling that those whose tickets are locked in their phones just can’t know. He said he was still trying to print out tickets whenever he can.
“I don’t find it as pleasant of this feeling of freshness of holding a paper ticket in your main said Cole.