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Michael Jordan recruitment letters legit, auctioneer says

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M ichael Jordan was the real deal.

But Jordan’s mother, Deloris , is questioning the ­authenticity of her son’s college diploma, transcript and recruitment letters that recently sold at auction. She said she has the real letters in a vault.

“I know what I have,” Jordan told ESPN.com. “They are all replicas.”

Goldin Auctions is standing by the authenticity of the pieces.

The auction house says both recruitment letters (one sent by

Dean Smith , the other by long-time North Carolina assistant coach Bill Guthridge ) were printed on Fox River Bond 25% cotton paper, “a stationery that was popular in the 1980 time period.” The items have fold lines, and in the case of the Smith letter, “a slight tearing of the ink that would only appear on an original.”Goldin said it will pull the items if Jordan can prove she has the original items. Time is running out. The auction closes Feb. 7.



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