Funko has released two new exclusive Funko Pop! vinyl figures of Michael Jordan aka His Airness, Air Jordan or just MJ.
Funko Pop! Michael Jordan figures jersey #12 and #45.
The greatest basketball player of all time may be retired, but Michael Jordan is still active in the Funko Pop! vinyl NBA Basketball series.
Twenty-one different Funko Pop! vinyl figures of Michael Jordan have been released to date, including figures from his college days at UNC to his championship years with the Chicago Bulls. Funko has also released several 10 inch Pop! vinyl figures and some All-Star variants of the legend. The Funko Pop! Michael Jordan figures are part of the Pop! NBA Basketball series.
Michael Jordan is known for his iconic number 23 jersey, but there are two exceptions during his impressive basketball career that he wore a different number.
Jordan chose to have number 23 as his jersey number when he played for Laney High School in North Carolina. It is believed that he chose the number because it was half the number of his brother Larry who wore 45. Jordan was fiercely competitive with his brother, especially when it came to basketball.
He continued to wear the number 23 jersey at UNC (University of North Carolina) and throughout his time with the Chicago Bulls. The number 23 became symbolic with Jordan as a player.
On Valentine’s Day in 1990, the Chicago Bulls played against the Orlando Magic and Jordan had to wear a different number because his number 23 jersey was stolen from his locker. No replacement jersey was available, so he was forced to play in a nameless number 12 jersey. When Jordan retired to play baseball, the Chicago Bulls retired his number 23 jersey.
Jordan returned to the NBA in 1995, playing 22 games for the Chicago Bulls wearing the number 45 jersey, before returning to his iconic number 23 jersey in game 23 against the Magic. Jordan played with the number 23 jersey for the rest of his career.
The two exceptions during his career where Jordan wears a different jersey number are now recorded in Pop! vinyl. A new and exclusive Funko Pop! vinyl Michael Jordan figure wearing the one-time number 12 jersey is available at Collect Forever. Funko Pop! vinyl Michael Jordan wearing the number 45 jersey will soon be available exclusively at Funko.
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Click here for the complete collection and guide of Funko Pop! vinyl Michael Jordan figures.