One of the hardest basketball jerseys you didn't know existed just hit the market. Barack Obama's game-worn jersey from the 1979 Hawaii State Championship is now up for auction. Bidding is currently up to $30,000 as of publishing, but the final bid is expected to hit $100,000.

The jersey is currently owned by Peter Nobel, a fellow Punahou High School alum who graduated three years after the former president. He wore the same "23" as Obama while playing junior varsity, and saved the jersey from being discarded when new uniforms hit campus. Along with the jersey, the winner of the auction will get a copy of the 1979 yearbook that includes a photo of Obama in the jersey along with the caption "Barry Obama goes up for a basket against St. Louis."

Heritage Auctions, which is hosting the bidding, spares no words building the mystique of this rare item: "The offered jersey survives as a symbol of the "audacity of hope" that one of those kids on one of those playgrounds, hooping it up with his buddies, could indeed become the most powerful man on the planet. In that regard--taking a view wider than simple athletic greatness--a strong argument could be made that this auction lot represents the most important basketball jersey that exists."

Check out the auction right here. And for more on Barry O, read why he's the best dressed president.

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