What's buzzing:

Ball Don't Lie

Get ready to bid on Michael Jordan’s (expired) American Express card

Dan Devine
Ball Don't Lie

View photo


Don't leave home without it. (Photo via @darrenrovell)

What would you pay for an American Express card signed by Michael Jordan that expired seven years ago but very well may have been used to purchase everything required to start a superbike racing company, or at the very least more cigars than is advisable to smoke? I know this sounds like a Zen koan or an inscrutable riddle, but it's a question you can actually literally answer on Oct. 10, when Goldin Auctions puts the Hall of Famer's past-date plastic up for bid as part of the West Berlin, N.J.-based company's inaugural fall auction.

I mean, you can answer it so long as the answer is, "More than $1,000," which is the listed opening bid for the card. But I think we were all expecting that. After all, an MJ-signed '97-'98 Bulls season ticket will run you $20,000, and that never even got used to buy the DVDs of all six seasons of "Sanford and Son," which is Michael's favorite TV show, according to the reputable website 23 Michael Jordan Facts. This feels like a much more historic treasure, and for a significantly lesser price. Personally, though, I'm holding out a few years, because I figure an MJ credit card that expired somewhere around 2011 had to have been used to pay a portion of Matt Carroll's salary, right?

[Also: Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose breaks down in tears while discussing injury rehab]

If having yet another credit card you can't/shouldn't use isn't your brand of vodka, you can still get your MJ bidding on by throwing your hat into the ring for a home white Bulls jersey that Jordan reportedly wore during Chicago's legendary 72-10 1995-96 season. That one'll kick off at $2,500, but at least you'll probably get some Jordan sweat in the bargain, and with what science can do nowadays, who knows how many clones you can make?

Other items up for bid in the October auction will reportedly include a game ball signed by the 1934 New York Yankees and a 1986 New York Mets World Series ring, as well as ho-hum stuff like a Civil War military appointment signed in 1864 by President Abraham Lincoln. Wonder what sap'll go in for that.

Hat-tip to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell.

More news from the Yahoo! Sports Minute:

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
GMA: World's smallest bodybuilder dies at age 23
Archie Manning's sons are in the NFL, but his heart is still in the college game
Week 3 upset alerts: Can Louisiana-Monroe pull off another shocker?
As the Ryder Cup approaches, remember these players are great golfers not fashionistas

View Comments (138)
  • Russian doping coach Chegin loses appeal against life ban

    MOSCOW — The Russian anti-doping agency says a coach linked to more than 20 doping cases has lost his appeal against a life ban from athletics. … More »

    The Canadian Press - 6 minutes ago
  • Kenya disbands Olympic committee after troubles in Rio

    The National Olympic Committee of Kenya was disbanded by the government on Thursday and an investigation launched into alleged mismanagement of the country's team at the Rio de Janeiro Games. The problems faced by the team in Rio damaged the morale … More »

    The Canadian Press - 7 minutes ago
  • Man City sign goalkeeper Bravo from Barcelona

    Man City sign goalkeeper Bravo from Barcelona

    Manchester City have signed Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for an initial 18 million euros ($20.3 million), the clubs confirmed on Thursday. The 33-year-old agreed a four-year contract to join City as new manager Pep Guardiola … More »

    Reuters - 8 minutes ago
  • City acquires goalie Bravo from Barcelona on 4-year deal

    Manchester City has completed the signing of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for 13.75 million pounds ($18.2 million) in a move that could spell the end of Joe Hart's decade-long career at the English club. City announced the arrival of … More »

    AP - Sports - 11 minutes ago
  • Inter still recovering from turbulent close season

    Inter still recovering from turbulent close season

    Instead of building on last season's progress under Roberto Mancini when they finished fourth, Inter endured a turbulent summer during which the club changed hands and Mancini departed by mutual consent two weeks before the kickoff. The words … More »

    Reuters - 14 minutes ago