Forever known for his can't-stand-to-lose persona — whether in the NBA Finals or monopoly table with his college roommates — Michael Jordan's track record as a competitor stretches far off the hardwood.
Enter a 1984 game of pool on the University of North Carolina's campus.
In his junior season, Jordan was primed for the NBA draft later that year.
But according to the auction site Goldin Auctions one fellow UNC student got an upper hand on Jordan at the pool table. The auction's website tells a story that details Jordan being up $25 at the pool table before the aforementioned student stepped in to win some of the money back. Jordan decided to quit (try typing that sentence and not chuckling) while he was ahead to cash out at $5.
The student decided to ask Jordan if a check would suffice. He obliged, and then Jordan became arguably the best basketball player of all-time.
The check — drawn from a First Union Bank account in Pembroke, North Carolina — was cashed out by Jordan and ultimately returned to the consignor.
The $5 check, with a "Mike Jordan" signature that has since been authenticated by Beckett Services, has lived on through the UNC alum for the last three-plus decades.
The check went up Nov. 18 for auction and now has bids of $1,200 with 18 days remaining.