Far be it from me to tell anyone how to spend their money, or that they look ridiculous in a jersey as they walk around a professional sports arena. But: you probably shouldn’t spend money on this jersey, and I certainly wouldn’t wear around any arena if I happened to buy it.
According to TMZ, the jersey that LeBron James wore during his junior season at St. Vincent-St. Marys will be put up for auction and is expected to sell for several hundred thousand dollars.
The jersey, which according to TMZ had been in the possession of one of LeBron’s friends, is the same one that he wore on the cover of the Sports Illustrated issue that dubbed him “The Chosen One” in 2002.
Now, the jersey James donned on the cover (he also wore the jersey for the majority of his junior season where he averaged 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists a game) is on the block at Goldin Auctions.
Ken Goldin tells us he expects the jersey — which was given by LeBron to a long-time friend who held onto it ’til now — could sell for mid-six figures (think 300k, 400k, $500k+).
This seems… opulent.
If you need an old LeBron jersey, just head to your local Goodwill. You can get one of those weird, wide-shouldered ones for a fiver.