A Utah Jazz ball boy who did Michael Jordan a big favor in 1993 when home fans booed the NBA superstar mercilessly for disparaging comments about Salt Lake City, came away with a pair of valuable game-worn Nikes. Now that pair of personally gifted shoes from a memorable moment in Jordan’s career are on the auction block.
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.
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.
In the wake of its record-breaking $3.26 million sale last spring of the 1857 Laws of Base Ball documents, SCP Auctions has unveiled the recently discovered 1876 Founding Documents and Original Constitution of Major League Baseball, a hand-written, 74-page sports artifact, which will go up for auction May 24. Bidding will close June 10.
It could be called the Ten Commandments of Major League Baseball, even though it’s 74 pages long. Or perhaps, since it has just been discovered, it could be baseball’s version of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Regardless, the 1876 “Founding Documents and Original Constitution of Major League Baseball” are a valuable piece of sports memorabilia. The documents will go on sale May 24 in online bidding sponsored by SCP Auctions.
On Feb. 2, 1876, Chicago White Stockings president William Hulbert called a meeting with the owners of several National Association teams beset by financial troubles and a lack of meaningful central authority, the N.A. was floundering, and Hulbert wanted to create something better from its ashes. By the end of the day, the National League was born.
Tony Gwynn has another huge hit on his hands. A baseball launched by the Padres’ slugger has sold for $142,762 at auction. Of course, it wasn’t just any ball. This was “Mr. Padre’s” 3,000th career hit on Aug. 6, 1999. Gwynn’s 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ring also brought in $37,663.
Nearly two years after the family of Padres great Tony Gwynn began selling off memorabilia from his storied career, more of his personal artifacts are up for bidding. SCP Auctions is currently conducting Part 2 of the Tony Gwynn Memorabilia Auction, which began last week and runs through Jan. 21.