A pair of Converses worn by none other than Michael Jordan just broke a record, becoming the most expensive game-worn sneakers ever auctioned off. Jordan wore them during the final game of the 1984 Olympics, in which he scored 20 points to lead Team USA to a victory over Spain. The 21-year-old had just left the University of North Carolina and signed with the Chicago Bulls, making that game his final as an amateur.
A pair of game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers sold at auction for $190,373 yesterday, setting a record for game-used shoes. The Converse shoes were said to be used by the NBA legend in the gold medal game against Spain in the 1984 Olympics, according to ESPN.
Michael Jordan’s game worn and dual signed Converse shoes from the 1984 U.S. Olympic team’s gold-medal-winning-game against Spain sold for $190,373 early Sunday morning, shattering the previous auction record of $104,765 for game-worn shoes.
Michael Jordan’s used sneakers had game, but they didn’t stand a chance against Honus Wagner. One of the iconic, exceedingly rare T206 Wagner baseball cards, the most famous card in sports collecting, may have been worse for the wear over the years, but it was the big winner, fetching $609,294 at auction Sunday. The dirty, presumably smelly Converse sneakers Jordan wore during the 1984 Olympic gold-medal game against Spain set a record, too, although it was far less: $190,373, according to SCP auctions.
A pair of Michael Jordan’s shoes were sold at auction for the highest price on record for a pair of game-used sneakers. The shoes, said to be used in the gold-medal game against Spain in the 1984 Olympics, sold early Sunday morning for $190,373.
For decades, the Honus Wagner card from the landmark T206 set that was issued between 1909 and 1911 has been regarded as the hobby’s holy grail. Countless collectors have dreamed of owning one, but very few have even laid their hands upon it or seen it with their own eyes.
These aren’t your average pair of Jordans — and if you want them, it’ll cost you. Michael Jordan’s game-worn shoes from the 1984 Olympic games are being auctioned off as part of SCP Auctions’ 2017 Spring Premier, and with two more days to go, they’ve already set the world record for a pair of game-worn shoes: $144,222.
They’re not Air Jordans but they’re already in some rare air as an SCP Auctions clock counts down. They’re Michael Jordan’s game-worn and dual-signed Converse shoes from the 1984 Olympics — specifically the gold-medal-winning-game against Spain — and they’re on the auction block and already have set a record for a pair of game-used shoes. And that’s with more than two days remaining before the auction closes.