Back in 2009, Upper Deck commissioned artist Shepard Fairey to create three pieces featuring Michael Jordan and I totally forgot about them until today. Each piece captures MJ is various states of MJ-ness. Of the project Fairey had this to say.
“Everything about Michael Jordan is iconic, from his slam dunks to his signature shoes, to his tongue wagging, to his number, so he makes a great subject for portraiture because everything about him is laced with cultural significance,” Shepard said. “You can tell from the look in his eyes, even back when he was at the University of North Carolina, that he was obsessed with greatness, but he also managed to do everything with a sense of flair. I think it’s that combination of intensity and style, and of course his singular talent, that make him the embodiment of a legend.”
Each one of the pieces were then printed in limited quantities and Jordan himself signed a few pieces which then sold for $1500.00 US. If you have one, consider yourself lucky, they’ll be worth even more in the next 10 years. Glad I came across these awesome pieces again today.