Vintage Gear: Michael Jordan 1997 All-Star Game Jersey Prototype

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The 1997 All-Star game is best known for Kobe Bryant’s showcase during the Slam Dunk Contest and the half-time show that honored the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, but somewhere along the line the planning committee must have lost sight of what they would do for the jerseys for the game. The two years prior in both Phoenix and San Antonio, the jerseys featured unique colors for the city, but when the ’97 game rolled around, players wore their usual jerseys featuring just a patch. Perhaps it was due to sponsoring brand Champion’s lack of commitment because both Nike and Puma would share duties on licensing after 1997, or an agreement couldn’t be reached on the design, but today’s vintage gear is a one of a kind look at what Michael Jordan could’ve wore for the East squad. The jersey features the Cavaliers’ colors at the time while a guitar underlined the All-Star font to pay homage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is possibly the first and only look we’ll ever get at what could’ve been, so let us know what you think of this jersey in the comments and grab this rare find today via thesofasurfer on eBay.


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