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Barack Obama’s HS basketball jersey sold for crazy amount

LeBron James, Barack Obama, Stephen Curry

Former United States President Barack Obama’s love for basketball has long been documented. Apart from being a lifelong fan of the sport, he used to play varsity hoops himself for the Punahou Buff n’ Blue high school team in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Obama’s old no. 23 jersey recently re-surfaced and was actually sold in an auction for a ridiculous amount. According to Julien’s Auctions (via Yahoo Sports’ Jack Baer), one lucky bidder bought Obama’s former threads for a whopping $192,000 on Friday. This broke the record for the most expensive sum of a high school jersey ever sold in an auction.

Yes, you read that right. The ex-POTUS’s high school jersey was sold for a higher amount than those of NBA greats Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant.

Obama, who is a huge supporter of the NBA’s social justice advocacies, does have game, including a mean left-handed jumper. While he did not start for their team, he was a valuable contributor off the bench. A former teammate described him with nifty handles in an excerpt from an NBC report. 

“Bendix said, his old pal should have been a starter at Punahou—and insisted he was not just being loyal to an old friend. I loved his (Obama’s) game. He had a pretty good shot and really handled the ball well.”

Sadly, there are no records of Obama’s averages during his high school playing career, but this photo of him rocking an afro stands the test of time.

Basketball memorabilia has been selling like hotcakes over the past few months, particularly at the height of ESPN’s documentary The Last Dance. While Jordan’s troves will always go for high prices, it’s astounding how a jersey from someone who didn’t even log in a single second in the NBA turned out to be the most valuable of them all.