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Lot # 1: 1985 Michael Jordan Rookie "Tongue Out" Chicago Tribune Original Color Photograph (PSA Type I)

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On the heels of smashing the previous record for a Michael Jordan photograph, Lelands is proud to offer this tremendous rookie photograph of Air Jordan from 2/15/85 when the Chicago Bulls faced the Indiana Pacers at Chicago Stadium. Not only is this the first color Jordan rookie action photograph to hit the auction block in recent months, it also features the Iconic Air Jordan 1 sneakers and Jordan’s signature “tongue out” pose. Full image measures 6.5x9.5" and was taken by Chicago Tribune photographer Chuck Cherney. On reverse, you can see his stamp “Chicago Tribune, Photo by, Chuck Cherney” along with a newspaper clipping in which this image was used! The article clipping even credits Chuck with the excerpt “Tribune photo by Chuck Cherney” underneath the image. Though just a rookie, Michael was already well-established as a budding superstar, as the caption unintentionally notes in stating that, "Jordan was held to 17 points" in the loss to Indiana, a total that would be exceptional for most first-year players. Type I photographs are gaining popularity by the day, especially those of Air Jordan, with recent sales as high as $175,000 for black and white images. PSA Type I encapsulated with the coveted “Rookie” identifier on the label.

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