Published: August 20, 2019
DALLAS — A 1978-79 President Barack Obama game-worn Punahou (Hawai’i) high school basketball jersey drew bids from more than two dozen collectors before closing at $120,000 in Heritage Auctions Summer Platinum night sports collectibles auction August 17-18. The jersey was worn by the 44th United States president, then 18, as a member of the 1979 Hawai’i state champion team. It was rescued from being discarded by Peter Noble, who was three years behind Obama at Punahou. Among the extra items sold along with the jersey was a photo of the former president wearing the jersey, captioned “Barry Obama goes up for a basket against St. Louis” and the consignor’s 1979 Punahou High School yearbook. Stay tuned for a full auction review in a future issue.
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