Dennis Rodman’s 1997 NBA Finals Jersey From Game 6 Up For Auction
A historic Chicago Bulls jersey from the 1997 NBA Finals will be featured in an upcoming auction presented by Sotheby’s.
Dennis Rodman’s signed and used shirt from Game 6 of the 1997 Final will be one of 16 artifacts featured in part two of Sotheby’s online auction titled Invictus, with open bidding scheduled for September 6-14 .
Two weeks ago, Sotheby’s announced Invictus: Part 1 and revealed Michael Jordan’s 1998 “Last Dance” jersey from the finals’ opener as the biggest memorabilia to feature in the auction.
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Game 6 of the 1997 Finals featured Steve Kerr’s game-winning shot against the Utah Jazz at the United Center. With 28 seconds remaining and a tied score of 86, Rodman grabbed the rebound and called a timeout.
Moments later, the Jazz were expecting Jordan to fire one of the last shots of the game, but Jordan passed the ball to Steve Kerr who was wide open for a shot from 17 feet.
Toni Kukoč made a layup to give the Bulls a 90-86 victory and their fifth title in franchise history.
“When you come to championship jerseys, it’s the rarest of the few,” said Brahm Wachter, head of streetwear and modern collectibles at Sotheby’s. “When you think of Rodman and all the things that he contributed to, you know, the 1997 NBA Finals and, you know, what a defensive presence he is, it’s really just a special, unique element and we’re glad to have it.”
In addition, Rodman’s “72nd victory” jersey, which wore and signed the record for the 1995-1996 season, will be featured in the auction.
This marked Rodman’s first season alongside Jordan, and the duo won a record 72 regular season games.
The Bulls broke the record previously held by the 1972 Lakers for most wins in a single regular season. Rodman wore the iconic red jersey on April 16, 1996, when the Bulls tied the record of 70 wins and again five days later when they set the record at 72.
“I think when you think about all-time great teams, the 1995-96 Bulls are definitely in the running,” Wachter said. “They really defined what a team could do all season long. And that 72nd win jersey is just an incredible reminder of that season and what Dennis Rodman brought to the Bulls defensively, that which definitely added to that amazing chemistry obviously that (Scottie) Pippen and Jordan had.”
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