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Michael Jordan’s $33 million contract: Deal of a lifetime up for auction

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Before he made headlines at the University of North Carolina with his final shot in 1982, which lead his team to beat Georgetown, Michael Jordan was destined for greatness. Jordan was the first NBA player to have a $30 million contract for a single season. He then brought the Chicago Bulls their fifth NBA championship.

The accomplished player leveraged his achievement by getting a 10 percent increase for his next contract with the Chicago Bulls. If you’re one of those lucky ones who collected His Airness memorabilia, you can now bid on this contract, which showcases he was the highest-paid athlete in sports history. The $33 million contract covered the 1997-98 season and stood as a record for the history books.

Now Heritage Auctions has acquired the Bulls’ copy of the contract covering Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls. Reportedly, when greeting the mastermind behind the greatest up-to-date basketball dynasty Irwin Mandel, Jordan supposedly always started their meeting with the question, “Irwin, where’s my check?” Those who bid on this contract will be asked the same question in order to own this historical relic. –terence merritt