Lost Michael Jordan letters up for auction

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A number of Michael Jordan's college documents are to be put up for auction.

New-Jersey based auction house Goldin Auctions acquired the documents from a consigner and they are believed to have been donated by Jordan to "Michael Jordan's 23", a restaurant that opened in North Carolina in 1993.

Jordan spent his college career at North Carolina University under the tutelage of renowned head coach Dean Smith.

A recruiting letter from Smith, dated Aug. 12, 1980, is among the items to be put up for auction and, in this fantastic extract, the letter makes clear just how badly they wanted Jordan in their program:

"We do think you are a tremendous young man and are impressed not only with your obvious basketball talent but the way you have been a leader at school and done well academically."

This is believed to be one of the first recruiting letters of a major athlete to become available for public viewing or ownership. 

The Smith letter has a reserve price of $5,000

Another letter, from assistant coach Bill Guthridge (reserve $2,500), alongside the original copy of his diploma ($7,500), and an original copy of his UNC transcript ($1,000) make up the collection.

The auction closes on Feb. 7. 

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