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Michael Jordan’s $5 check during UNC days up for auction

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Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan has a long-attached piece of off-the-court memorabilia tied to him that’s going up to action this week.

It’s a $5 check from his University of North Carolina days, which he signed, endorsing a bet attached to the infamous athlete and gambler.

Per Cassandra Negley in Yahoo! Sports:

Jordan, a man who loves to gamble, swung by Granville Towers on the UNC campus to play some pool on Feb. 27, 1984. The Hall of Famer started to run the table and was up $25 on the person who has the check up for auction now. A friend of the person Jordan was beating thought Jordan was hustling the friend and stepped in to play a few games. That friend won a few games in a row, and an irritated Jordan made the decision to cash out.

The pay out was $5 and the consignor, the original pool player, asked if he could write Jordan a check for the money. It’s written out to “Mike Jordan,” the name he went by on campus, though it appears to be spelled as “Mike Jordon.” Jordan endorsed the check and returned it to the consignor. It has been authenticated and is listed as in good overall condition.

Jordan’s check is around the $1,000s if you have enough dough to buy a piece of paper signed by “His Airness” before superstardom in the NBA.

As a Tar Heel, Michael Jordan won an NCAA championship in 1982 off the back of a pre-fame game-winning jumper to sink the Georgetown Hoyas. Of course, most of his better-known accolades come after his college days, when he became a third overall pick, 14-time All-Star guard, six-time champion and five-time MVP.