S otheby’s is proud to present VICTORIAM, a special two-part curated collection of sports artifacts. Led by Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals Game 2 Air Jordan XIIIs, the auctions feature a variety of athletes who have had deep and lasting impact on their respective sports. From Kobe Bryant to Roger Federer to Tom Brady, the auctions feature a host of rare sports collectibles many of which are fresh to market. Read on to learn more about Victoriam.
Tom Brady 2004 New England Patriots Game Worn Full Uniform
If there is one thing that nearly all football players, coaches, analysts, and fans can agree on, it is this: Tom Brady is the GOAT.
Tom Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion and 22-year professional football player, has left an indelible mark on the sport. With his impressive achievements, including being a three-time MVP, five-time Super Bowl MVP, 15 Pro Bowls, all-time passing touchdowns leader, and all-time passing yards leader, Brady has earned his spot among the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
But what truly sets Brady apart is his unparalleled playoff success. When the pressure of do-or-die games mounted and the weather turned cold, Brady consistently rose to the occasion. With 35 career postseason victories, he holds the record for the most of any player in NFL history and has 19 more than the next closest quarterback, Joe Montana.
If you're a sports enthusiast looking to own a piece of football history, Sotheby's has got you covered. We're proud to present this full New England Patriots uniform worn by Tom Brady during the 2004 NFL season. The season saw Brady lead the Patriots to a remarkable 14-2 regular season record and the number one overall seed in the AFC. In the playoffs, the Patriots overcame the Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Philadelphia Eagles to win their third Super Bowl in just four years. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of NFL history with this rare football sports collectible.
Off-White and The Chicago Bulls Varsity Jacket Featuring 2022-2023 Chicago Bulls Team Signatures
Renowned designer Virgil Abloh has teamed up with the legendary NBA team the Chicago Bulls to launch a limited edition capsule collection in February 2023. Inspired by Abloh's passion for basketball and his hometown, the Off-WhiteTM x Chicago Bulls collaboration combines classic design elements with modern flair to create a one-of-a-kind collection that's perfect for both sports fans and fashion enthusiasts.
The collection's standout piece is a red-and-cream varsity jacket that features a bold Bulls logo on the back, along with scripted words and playful riffs on classic emblems like a basketball ripping through a net. The jacket's interior lining also features the signatures of the 2022-23 Chicago Bulls team, making it a true basketball collector's item for fans of the team. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the jacket will go to support The Virgil Abloh Foundation, which works to empower underrepresented communities in the creative industries.
Whether you're a diehard Chicago Bulls fan or simply looking to add a touch of sporty style to your wardrobe, this limited edition basketball collectible is not to be missed.
Super Bowl LVII Game-Winning Field Goal Football
The Super Bowl LVII matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles was a nail-biting spectacle, with both teams locked in an intense battle for victory. With the score tied at 35-35 and less than 10 seconds remaining on the clock, Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker stepped onto the field for what would be the biggest kick of his career.
In front of over 100 million viewers worldwide, Butker calmly drilled the ball down the middle from just under 30 yards, securing the Chiefs' third Super Bowl victory in franchise history. Super Bowl LVII was only the 9th Super Bowl in history to be decided by 3 points or fewer and the 3rd highest-scoring Super Bowl in history, making it a truly historic and evenly-matched battle.
As a symbol of this historic moment, Sotheby's is proud to present the authentic NFL football from Harrison Butker's game-winning field goal. This football is a must-have for any die-hard football fan or collector, as it represents the pinnacle of one of the greatest Super Bowl games ever played. Own a piece of NFL history today and relive the excitement and drama of this unforgettable game.
Kobe Bryant ‘81-Point Game’ Los Angeles Lakers Game Worn Shooting Shirt
Bryant's incredible scoring outburst has become a benchmark for greatness in the sport, with fans and players alike considering it to be one of the greatest displays of skill and athleticism ever witnessed.
In an interview with ESPN about the game, Bryant said “There's a lot of players who come up now who don't think 80 points is possible. You think 50, and if you're really hot – 60. I never had that limit. Ever. I never, ever thought that way. I always thought 80 was possible. I thought 90 was possible. I thought 100 was possible. Always. I think that game is a testament to what happens when you put no ceiling to what you're capable of doing."
For collectors and fans alike, Sotheby’s is proud to offer the shooting shirt worn by Kobe Bryant the afternoon of his historic 81-point performance. This incredible piece of basketball history is sure to be a treasured addition to any collection of sports memorabilia.
Pele 1975 New York Cosmos ‘Triumphant Debut’ Match Worn Jersey
In 1975, Brazilian soccer star Pele signed with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL), where he played the final three seasons of his illustrious career. His arrival generated considerable media buzz and helped raise the profile of soccer in the United States, paving the way for other international stars to join the NASL. Pele's much-anticipated debut for the Cosmos took place on June 15, 1975, in a match against the Dallas Tornado at Downing Stadium in New York City. The legendary striker didn't disappoint, scoring a goal and adding an assist in an exciting 2-2 draw that served as the perfect introduction of Pele to American soccer fans.
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The following week, Sports Illustrated commemorated the historic moment by featuring Pele on the cover with the headline "Pele's Triumphant Debut." This marked just the second time that a soccer player appeared on the cover of the world's most recognizable sports magazine. Now, Sotheby's is proud to offer a rare Sports Illustrated cover featuring Pele's triumphant debut for the New York Cosmos, a must-have collectible for any soccer fan.
Michael Jordan 1998 ‘The Last Dance’ Chicago Bulls Signed & Game Worn Jersey
Michael Jordan wore this home Chicago Bulls jersey in two games during the magical 1997-1998 NBA season often referred to as ‘The Last Dance.’ He led the Bulls to the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference with a 62-20 record with season averages of 28.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. MJ captured his league-record 10th scoring title and collected his 5th MVP award.
‘The Last Dance’ was Michael Jordan’s final season with the Bulls and is perhaps the most beloved period in Jordan folklore, as Michael reached the apex of his popularity and powers while simultaneously conquering major internal divisions that were fracturing the team dynamics of the late 90s Chicago Bulls. The season is referred to as ‘The Last Dance’ in large part due to the smash-hit ESPN documentary of the same name, which chronicled the Bulls efforts in the 1997-1998 season. The players were cognizant that the roster would ultimately be disbanded at the end of the season and knew it was their final opportunity to capture a 6th Bulls Championship of the decade.
‘The Last Dance’ was Michael Jordan’s magnum opus as an athlete – a testament to him as a competitor, a sportsman, a teammate, and ultimately, a champion. This jersey has become one of the most coveted items for collectors and basketball enthusiasts alike, as it represents not just a season, but an era of basketball history. The legacy of Michael Jordan has transcended time and place, making him a global icon and a household name synonymous with basketball greatness.