A Kobe Bryant game worn jersey was auctioned off this past weekend for $2.73 million. Believe it or not, that’s considered a bargain since it was estimated to be worth as much as $5 million. Wayne Gretzky’s last worn Edmonton Oilers jersey fetched $1.45 million – the most ever for an NHL jersey.
This got me thinking: If a Spurs fan won a Powerball Jackpot, which historic game-worn Spurs jersey would we spend the most money on? Which Spurs jersey is most valuable?
The Spurs have a storied history with 5 NBA Titles and Hall of Famers in George Gervin, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili. Tony Parker should enter the Hall of Fame next year. Oddly enough, even with all that star power and success, I don’t think any of those greats have the most valuable jersey in franchise history.
To me, the most valuable jersey in Spurs history belongs to Avery Johnson. You know the one – the black jersey he wore to knock down the game winning shot in Game 5 of the 1999 NBA Finals. Avery drilled a baseline jumper with 47 seconds to go, leading to the Spurs’ first NBA title. If money is no option and I could buy any Spurs jersey in team history, that is the one I would want to own.
My runner up: Sean Elliott’s jersey from the Memorial Day Miracle in 1999’s Western Conference Finals. I believe those two jerseys are the most iconic and most valuable in Spurs history.
I could be wrong. Maybe if you won the lottery, you’d be more interested in buying Tim and Dave’s 2003 Finals jerseys… the one where Robinson is photographed holding up the Larry O’Brien Trophy while Duncan lifts the NBA Finals MVP Award.
I also considered Manu Ginobili’s jersey from the James Harden block… and the jersey he wore while dunking on Chris Bosh in the 2014 NBA Finals. I’d also take a strong look at the jersey Robinson wore for his quadruple-double game in 1994.
That’s what makes this topic so great: there is no wrong answer. Like the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So… if you won the lottery and could buy any game worn jersey in Spurs history, which one would it be?
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